HOW TO LEARN CHINESE ONLINE – KILLER TIPS & RESOURCES
The internet allows us to learn significantly faster and conveniently than before and you should definitely make sure you use these opportunities.
Learning Chinese online has become a very popular world-wide method for getting your Mandarin skills ahead without coming to China itself.
We have taught Mandarin to students from more than a hundred countries.
The convenience of being able to study Chinese without having to travel to China or even a Chinese course in your own country and the ability to have access to the world’s best native teachers wherever you live are amazing.
HOW TO LEARN CHINESE ONLINE – FOLLOW OUR YOUTUBE
First things first, following our YouTube channel is a good way to start learning Chinese online – we cover a plethora of topics from ordering food, to shopping and much much more.
Here’s three useful videos for starters… if you like it, why not subscribe?
HOW TO LEARN CHINESE ONLINE – 22 STEPS TO SUCCESS
So how can you learn Chinese online in the most efficient way possible?
We have been doing this for a long time, so here is some advice from us how you can maximize your studying results.
BEFORE YOUR LESSONS START
Prepare and get ready for an online class the same way as you would for any other class. For you to be in the right mindset and not distracted during class is essential for maximum progress.
Be in a quiet environment that does not distract you and allows your teacher to hear your voice clearly without interferences.
Have your IT equipment ready before class. Make sure your microphone and headset work, you have all other programs switched off and your internet connection works and is stable.
Bluetooth is the enemy of online classes. Make sure all your blue tooth devices are turned off as they might access your speakers or microphone without you noticing it and therefore make them non available for your class.
Be ready on time and allow yourself a few minutes to start your computer and check your equipment before the class to make sure you don’t loose valuable studying time later.
Have paper and penor a word document ready where you can take notes.
Prepare yourself a list of questionsyou have and do not be shy to ask your teacher about them.
DURING YOUR LESSONS
Tell your teacher what you want.If you are studying individually the content is tailored. Give as much detail as possible to your teacher to benefit the most.
Give your teacher feedback. If there is something you would like to focus more on, do not be shy to tell your teacher about it.
We recommend to have your webcam open during the lesson so your teacher can see you. A teacher relies on a student’s body movement, tone etc. to assess whether the class is going into the right direction, learning should be slowed down or sped up etc. and it is much harder to do this when you do not see the student.
AFTER YOUR ONLINE CLASS
Depending on your time availability your teacher will give you homework. Make sure you complete the tasks you were given. If you would like additional tasks, currently do not have the time for homework or other opportunities to practice, make sure you let your teacher know.
Use the recording function of the classes.One amazing thing about online classes is that they can be recorded and then viewed again. That means you can later watch your class again, which is a great way to revise what you learned. You can also fast forward through parts that you find easy and stop and rewind sections that you need to listen to again to get it right, like for example pronunciation of specific tones.
Pleco: Pleco is by far the best Chinese dictionary app available. Install it on your phone and use the hand writing function for practice when looking up characters instead of just copy and paste. The dictionary is the main function and it is free of charge, but there are useful pay for add ons like flashcards available too.
Anki: Anki is our favourite free flash card system around. Use it to create your own flash card decks, test yourself and keep revising vocab whenever you have a few minutes with nothing to do.
Chinese-Forums: The best forum for Chinese language learners there is. If you need advice on how to learn Mandarin, this forum is the place to get it.
Zoom: It’s the best, fastest and most reliable online video conferencing software availabletoday – and for you it is free of charge as well.
HOW TO LEARN CHINESE ONLINE – CHECK OUT OUR CONTENT
At LTL we take huge pride in the content we provide and hopefully this list below shows jsut that!
We’ve written over 500 fantastic posts and provided countless sets of flashcards and resources you can use online, for free. Some of the best ones of which we’ll list below:
I would recommend LTL. Being able to practice what I learn is a daily source of enjoyment and I look forward to going further with the course, and get my language up to a more advanced level. I would recommend LTL.
We started studying the textbook, we are using Skype, and Celine is really good at intuitively understanding my needs and level. I really enjoy studying with her! Her personality is warm. I can tell that she cares.
Our online Zoom lessons allowed for plenty of speaking practice and my teacher used the online whiteboard to give lots of support in both characters and pinyin. I highly recommend these online lessons.
Overall, my experience was good and I would recommend. I like how their lessons are structured and I can say that my experience with them contributed a lot to my improvement, especially in hanzi reading.
Doing the online class was a fantastic experience! My teacher Ruth was kind, patient and encouraging. She helped me so much! I would highly recommend LTL Mandarin School for anyone who is learning Mandarin.
After five months of studying online at LTL with Ruth, I now feel that I have a decent grasp of basic conversational Chinese.
Being able to practice what I learn is a daily source of enjoyment and I look forward to going further with the course, and get my language up to a more advanced level. I would recommend LTL and Ruth to anyone starting out on their Chinese language journey.
from Warren, 英国人
We started studying the textbook, we are using Skype, and Celine is really good at intuitively understanding my needs and level.
I’m enjoying taking my time to really understand concepts and ask questions about similar words.
She’s also helping me practice during class by asking me questions and coming up with sentences of my own.
I really enjoy studying with her! Also, her English is good so it helps when I’m looking to clarify something. I can tell that she cares.
Her personality is warm so it helps because we are taking classes online together.
I enjoys that she gives me homework after each lesson. I enjoy writing in Chinese and I’ve been writing dialogue and essays this week.
I ordered the workbook so I think this is going to help to make sure I am accountable to the content of the class.
I’m the type of student that enjoys having homework and a lot of practice so I don\’t mind having more than one homework.
My LTL Teacher did a great job of tailoring the lessons to my needs as a European languages teacher learning Mandarin to potentially teach UK pupils in the future.
Our online Zoom lessons allowed for plenty of speaking practice and my teacher used the online whiteboard to give lots of support in both characters and pinyin.
The sessions had mainly a speaking focus and this is exactly what I was looking for.
I highly recommend these online lessons.
It has been about a week and half since my last group class so this post is overdue but I would like to share my experience taking classes with LTL.
When I was 1 month in to my Chinese learning journey, I decided to enrol in LTL’s group classes for 12 weeks.
I was unsure of my level so after an assessment through phone conversation, I was placed in the ongoing HSK 1 class.
Overall, my experience was good and I would recommend their online classes to anyone who likes learning in a group setting.
I like how their lessons are structured and I can say that my experience with them contributed a lot to my improvement, especially in hanzi reading.
If you wish to read the full review – check out Aya’s post on her Instagram channel
Doing the online class was a fantastic experience! My teacher Ruth was kind, patient and encouraging. She helped me so much!
Having a 1 hour class every day meant that I could really build on what I’d learned the day before and feel a sense of achievement that I was making progress.
Being able to talk to a native Mandarin speaker face-to-face was really useful for working on pronunciation and tones. It is something that you just don’t have during self-study.
I would highly recommend LTL Mandarin School for anyone who is learning Mandarin. I am still a beginner but I felt that doing the 10 hour course has helped to take my learning to a new level.
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