Mandarin Chinese, or simply Chinese, is not an easy language to learn. Studies show the later in life you learn a second language, the harder it becomes to master that language. While it may require work, it doesn’t require money. Here are 10 websites that offer to teach you Chinese for free.
LearnChineseEZ is an excellent free resource for learning the major dialects of Chinese. The site is catered to people where Chinese is not a primary or secondary language, but wish to travel abroad to China and be able to communicate as a tourist.
This website boasts you can learn Mandarin Chinese in 10 minutes per day using audio courses. It is best for those who are already learning Chinese and wish to gain fluency in everyday speaking and grammar.
This hidden gem (hence the long website name) is for people who want to learn the language fast for travel purposes. They give you common phrases to say in various situations to help you communicate when you travel.
The British Broadcasting Corporation has a comprehensive page on learning Chinese. From learning to speak and pronunciation to the written word, they have many resources available to choose from. Ideal for the English speaker.
This site uses video courses as a medium for learning Chinese. Over six hours of videos and quizzed keep students engaged. Taught by Xiaoyu Liu, this course is designed for Chinese as a second language. Upon course completion, a certificate you can post to your LinkedIn profile is included.
This is a course offered by Rosetta Stone, one of the best paid methods for learning a language. In their attempt to connect you to a support community, they require you to sign up. Mandarin is one of the many languages offered by the Live Mocha communities.
OpenCulture offers free MP3 audio lessons you can download to your computer to start learninginstantly. Instead of offering their own lessons, they have a collection of direct links from around the web offering free Mandarin Chinese lessons. This site draws students by offering beginner, intermediate, and advanced courses.
This is a dual language site that goes right to the heart of learning Chinese. This is not an English site offering Chinese lessons. Instead, it is a Chinese travel site for English speakers. This is a great gateway to learning more than just the language. Since this site is hosted by China, this site has a Chinese perspective.
China Education Center has lessons for the novice interested in learning Chinese. They offer 32 lessons with the claim wherein if you finish the lessons, you should be able to manage basic pronunciation of the characters covered, learn some vocabularies, and acquire simple Chinese sentence structure.
This site breaks down Chinese language education into lessons about pronunciation, writing, speaking, reading, and even song lyrics. Each section is packed with its own courses to help you in whatever area you’re interested in.