What are the best resources to learn Mandarin?

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    #1TutorMandarin

    TutorMandarin

    TutorMandarin offers 1-on-1 online Chinese classes taught by certified Mandarin tutors through a this Android app that features a virtual classroom, full in-app courses, daily Chinese content, and more.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Jeremy Reed
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "TutorMandarin is a great way to learn Mandarin. It's taught by people who actually know Mandarin and they have 1-on-1 which makes it easier to learn."
  2. 24

    #2Duolingo

    Duolingo

    With the Duolingo app, you can practice and improve your speaking, reading, listening and writing skills while playing games at the same time. Just answer questions and complete lessons to improve both your vocabulary and grammar skills.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Julie Bowman
    Written on November 6, 2017
    "I love Duolingo! I'm trying to learn Spanish and I login a few times a day and practice my words. There are a ton of language options, including Chinese and you can select different learning modes, such as casual or insane. In my opinion, this is the best language app out there. The format is like a game, so it's not boring."
  3. 22

    #3Pimsleur

    Pimsleur
    With Pimsleur you will learn in the same way you learned your first language as a child, acquiring the vocabulary of the new language, along with the melody, rhythm, and intonation of the new language as used in everyday conversation.
    Software

    Windows, iOS, Android

    Free- Level 1. Varies by plan

    Harold Carroll
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "I have always been fascinated in learning new languages and Mandarin is one of them.Pimsleur made it easier for me because it was as if I was learning my first language when I was a child.I also got to acquire melody,and intonation rhythm of the language.It went on smoothly for me and I must admit its an awesome method!!"
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    #4ChineseSkill

    ChineseSkill

    ChineseSkill is a free app available for Android and iOS devices that helps you through the learning of the Chinese language. It offers some built-in games and a bunch of useful tools for that purpose.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Christine Anderson
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "I wanted to try to learn Mandarin Chinese. When I searched the Google Play store, this was one of the first ones to come up. This is a really good way to learn Chinese. You can even practice writing Chinese characters. Very easy to use and also really fun!"
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    #5Chinese: Crash Course Chinese - Learn Chinese Fast With a Native Speaker

    Chinese: Crash Course Chinese - Learn Chinese Fast With a Native Speaker
    This Chinese language guidebook supplies you with all the essential spoken Chinese language you need in daily conversations and on trips abroad.
    Books

    Check price

    Julia Wilson
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "If I were going to try and learn Mandarin as quickly as possible, i would probably go with a digital resource like an app. But if it's an old fashioned book you're looking for, Chinese Crash Course is one of the best resources for you. It's a good primer for understanding the language and the basics of how to pronounce things. The only negative for me is that to really understand a language you sort of need to be able to hear it too and you can't get that from a book. Still, with this book you can get comfortable with the basics enough to have some conversations if you practice for a couple weeks. "
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    #6Rosetta Stone

    Rosetta Stone

    Rosetta Stone is a free app for Android and iOS devices specially developed to facilitate learning new languages. Its method is trying to teach you the new language the same way you learned your first one. Works fine without internet.

    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android

    Varies by plan

    Charvi Sen
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "A very solid way to learn a language. I love that it has a very high functioning speech recognition technology, because everyone sounds a little different and this enables the software to respond appropriately to all users. No one has time to go to a class to learn a language, so this is an amazing way to do something you've always wanted to do. "
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    #7Speak Chinese

    Speak Chinese
    "Speak Chinese" is a Mandarin Chinese Passport for Chinese learners to be fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Vibhore Bhatnagar
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "As someone who has always been fascinated of eastern culture and looking for a way to understand and get closer to that culture, the "Speak Chinese" app is wonderful because it allowed me to learn a language that I thought would be impossible and learn it quicker than I thought it initially can be done. With this app, I feel like I'm understanding far more of the culture than I did before and it is something that is pushing me to actually make a trip to places that I thought were just dreams."
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    #8HelloChinese

    HelloChinese
    Fun games build up Chinese language skills while also ensuring that your pronunciation and handwriting skills grow as well.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Angela Ryan
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "HelloChinese is a great tool to use if you want to learn Mandarain. Lessons are fun because they are built like a game, which also keeps attention while being challenging. Overall, it's a nice app that is different than your normal language apps like Duolingo."
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    #9The Chairman's Bao

    The Chairman's Bao
    The Chairman's Bao is the first online Chinese newspaper, simplified for those learning Mandarin. Now also available on both iOS and Android.
    Websites

    Free

    Gerald Reid
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "I love The Chairman's Bao newspaper for their creative way to help people learn Mandarin.I have been using The Chairman's Bao newspaper for 2 years now and it is very helpful"
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    #10Living Language Mandarin Chinese, Complete Edition

    Living Language Mandarin Chinese, Complete Edition
    This purchase comes with books, CDs, a guide to Chinese characters and access to an online learning platform. You will start with vocabulary, move on to grammar and then complete practice sections.
    Books

    Check price

    Pamela Cunningham
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "Living Language is a great resource to learn Mandarin chinese. It includes course books, and online learning, It is the program that the State Department uses to teach languages. It has been around for 65 years so it is a proven method to learn another language."
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    #11Chinese Learn Online

    Chinese Learn Online
    Learn Mandarin Chinese in just 20 minutes a day.
    Course

    $19.95- monthly, varies by plan

    Pamela Rios
    Written on September 30, 2017
    "I'm learning Chinese at my community college. I wanted a good resource to learn Mandarin. I tried Chinese Learn Online and I love it. You can learn Chinese in just 20 minutes a day by using it. It's intuitive and easy to use. The layout works great, too. You get your first 10 lessons free, so try it out!"
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    #12iMandarin

    iMandarin

    iMandarin is an official English-Chinese WeChat official channel that provides you learning tips, daily Mandarin lessons, Chinese Food advice, and travel plans throughout China.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Rafael Leal
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "They had a nice overview of the culture and did it in an informative and educational way. I was able to learn some mandarin through them but feel like it would have been much easier, had i already know the alphabet before. Program should have more on that or they may lose people in the beginning. "
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    #13Ed-Wonderland: Learn Basic Mandarin Chinese

    Ed-Wonderland: Learn Basic Mandarin Chinese

    Alice Education Studio provides you with this iOS application where you will be able to learn Chinese by playing a mobile game. Yes, exactly what you just read. 

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- With in-app purchases

    Marcos Rosas
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "Unfortunately I haven't had too much success with this app. It's a bit clunky in how it tries to teach you Mandarin, although it's a decent idea. It's hard enough to learn a language without having to play a game while doing so. "
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    #14ALISON Chinese Language Courses

    ALISON Chinese Language Courses
    ALISON provides several free Chinese language courses focused on beginners who need to learn how to get around the country on a visit.
    Course

    Free

    Saanvi Chavan
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "If one wanted to learn Mandarin, ALISON would be a pretty good choice! Maybe not as good as duolingo, but they do have some great basic beginner options for those who want to dip their toes in the water."

Summary

Best What are the best resources to learn Mandarin
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1TutorMandarin Apps 28 Free
2DuolingoApps 24 Free
3PimsleurSoftware 22 Free
4ChineseSkillApps 20 Free
5Chinese: Crash Course Chinese - Learn Chinese Fast With a Native SpeakerBooks 20 Paid
6Rosetta StoneApps 15 Free
7Speak ChineseApps 14 Free
8HelloChineseApps 14 Free
9The Chairman's BaoWebsites 11 Free
10Living Language Mandarin Chinese, Complete EditionBooks 11 Paid
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