Learn Chinese – Resources for 2020

So you want to learn Chinese? You’ve come to the right place…

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Our advice for Learning Chinese

Learn Animal Names in Chinese

Learn Chinese Infographics

Top Tips for Learning Chinese

Learn Vocabulary

Why Learn Chinese?

How Not To Learn Chinese

Learn Chinese at LTL

Blogs & Proverbs

Our Favourite Learn Chinese Apps

Utilise Video

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Learning Chinese is no easy task, but equally it isn’t as hard to master as you might think. We get asked lots of questions about where to start learning Chinese at LTL…

The best way to begin Mandarin Chinese is not to simply spend hours rote memorizing characters, but to learn smart and maximise your time. You will need to how to approach learning tones, the best way to memorize characters, which apps and websites to use and how to keep motivated while doing all of these things.

Everyone has their own methods to succeed but it’s important to find yours rather than endlessly reading through those Chinese books doing the same monotonous thing.

FREE DOWNLOAD – Let ten world famous Chinese language learners tell you in the free Ultimate GuidEbook to Learning Mandarin Chinese their tricks, advice and what they recommend as the most useful ways to learn Mandarin.

Both for beginners and those who’ve already started learning, we help you to avoid the most common mistakes Chinese language learners make and benefit from our learning experiences.

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Learning Chinese – Our Advice

Studying and learning Mandarin Chinese is a long process and we want to help you with doing so.

First thing’s first, let’s get the tones, initials and finals nailed! These are essential before getting stuck into the characters and speaking,

Many people start learning Mandarin online or in their home country. However, sooner rather than later pretty much everyone who seriously wants to learn Chinese will come to China to study there.

There are a lot of options, from studying in big cities like Beijing or Shanghai or going for a complete immersion Chinese course in a smaller city like Chengde.

Learn Chinese - Chinese Hanzi lessons at LTL

Learn Chinese – Chinese Hanzi lessons at LTL

At LTL, we also boast some excellent Chinese language courses you can use online.

Studying Chinese is a lot of fun, but can also be quite frustrating at times.

An important part is to get the tones right at the beginning and to not forget that if you want to reach fluency, then learning Chinese characters is obligatory.

DID YOU KNOW – Chinese grammar is actually relatively simple at least at the beginner level and pronunciation – except the tones – quite manageable when compared to many other languages.

The main difficulties are mastering the tones, learning characters and remembering vocabulary which can be challenging as Chinese words do not sound in any way similar to their English counterparts. To help you go through your Chinese language journey we’ve made a list of useful resources to help you excel in Mandarin in no time.

We also provide courses for full time workers who want to study Chinese part time. We offer part time Chinese courses in Shanghai and Beijing.

If you have any questions or feedback regarding the learning materials on this page or our Chinese courses, please email us using the contact button above.

Learn Mandarin – Animal Names

Sometimes translating Chinese works back into English makes for some pretty funny and memorable results. Chinese animal names in particular can be fun to work out. Here are some of our best examples:

Learning Chinese - Giant Panda

study mandarin - Giraffe

learn chinese Penguin

learn mandarin Jellyfish

Studying Chinese - Koala

Mandarin Chinese - Kangaroo

Learning Chinese - Dolphin

Animals in Chinese - Red Panda

Learn Chinese Infographics

Learning Chinese isn't as difficult as you'd think. We are Mandarin language experts and to help you further we are creating a whole bunch of hugely useful infographics relating to learning Chinese

  • Learning Chinese Tones

    Learn those tones in Chinese with our useful Tones Infographic. If there is one thing you should master early on, it’s tones. Take it from us!

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  • Le 了 Infographic

    Le 了 is a character that causes much confusion when learning Chinese. It has many different uses and is very easy to use incorrectly.

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  • Lai / Qu Infographic

    Coming or going? Lai and Qu are two Chinese words you’ll find yourself using everyday  so it’s important to get it right.

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  • Airport Infographic

    Worried about arriving in China and not knowing what lies ahead? Beijing’s two airports are not small airports and nor are Shanghai’s!

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  • Restaurant Infographic

    Going to the restaurant in China is inevitable. In fact you’ll probably end up going twice everyday, maybe even three times!

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  • Question Particles

    Time to learn about questions and how they are structured in Chinese We dig deep into the meaning of the character 吗 and how to ask questions in Chinese.

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Learn Chinese – LTL’s top tips

Number 1:

Speak to yourself in Chinese before going to bed or in the shower. You may even have a full conversation asking yourself what you did today, if you liked it or not and how it made you feel. As odd as it sounds it actually helps you to start thinking in Chinese which is essential in order to become fluent.

Number 2:

Writing phrases in Chinese language rather than just vocab. Not just words or characters but full phrases or sentences. Every now and then whenever you’ve got the time and a piece of paper sit down and write whatever comes to your mind. This will improve your character writing. Considering we live in a digital age and handwriting is not as common as it used to be; it does help a lot with learning since studying Chinese has a lot to do with memory.

Number 3:

Read as much as you can at all times. Get into the habit of reading anything you can. This can range from shop names, live TV subtitles, road and street signs or restaurant menus. Basically anything you lay your eyes on. Intermediate and advanced level students might be interested in reading forums, newspapers and obviously books.

Number 4:

Engage using Social media in Mandarin. No we’re not asking you to subscribe to Chinese social media as such. We’re talking about writing various posts on Facebook in Chinese every now and then. This is even more relevant when dedicated to a Chinese speaking audience, such as wishing them “happy spring festival” etc.

Number 5:

Do what you enjoy and combine it with learning Chinese. For example, you enjoy cooking, then try to find recipes in Chinese. The worst thing that could happen would be you adding salt instead of sugar into your cake! It is always easier to study when you’re enjoying it. You can also learn new words and vocabulary by playing board or computer games in Chinese.

Number 6:

Speak and write in Chinese to your Chinese speaking friends. If they’re learning English they’ll try to practice their English with you but be stubborn on this one. Or even better speak to someone who doesn’t speak English at all. It might be hard and awkward at times but trust our experience, it’s worth it and you always find a way. In the end it will improve your Chinese plus you’ll have cool and funny stories about your experience learning Mandarin.

Number 7:

Watch TV and listen to Chinese radio. This might be a challenge at the beginning but will be fun as your language skills improve. You will learn a lot about Chinese culture as well as the language and get to know the more famous Chinese celebrities. Plus it will give you more topics to discuss with your Chinese friends once you are done talking about culture differences.

Number 8:

Take notes. Last but not least. Whenever you hear a new phrase or you see something that caught your attention, write it down and save it. It’ll help you to constantly learn new things. Learning just something minor everyday makes a huge difference in the long run.

Chinese holds lots of great opportunities be it experiencing new culture or food or business opportunities you wouldn’t want to miss.

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    Connect with LTL

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  • Learn Mandarin on our Website

    Learn Mandarin on our Website

    LTL China Blog - We have a huge array of excellent and informative posts

    Free e-book - Learn from ten Mandarin experts and get ahead fast

    Learn about HSK - Get informed and clued up on everything you need to know to pass the HSK Exam.

    Online App Reviews - Learning Mandarin on your phone is a great way to take in Chinese on the move.

Why Learn Chinese?

Would you like to learn Mandarin Chinese? It can seem like a really daunting task at first, but there are lots of reasons why it’s a great idea. Here are our top four:

1.  Challenge Yourself 

Come to China Summer CampLearning Chinese is definitely a great challenge, once you start learning mandarin you’ll find that getting to a basic level of communication in is no where near as difficult to learn as you first think.

Although Mandarin is a tonal language and uses characters rather than an alphabet, many other aspects are much simpler than other languages. For example there are no tenses, no genders, and no cases.

CHALLENGE YOURSELF – two of our students lived up to their YouTube channel name and pushed themselves to the limit in a 90 day challenge to learn as much Chinese as they could. Check out their story here.

2. Communicate 

Mandarin is the world’s most spoken native language. More people speak Chinese as their mother tongue than English, Spanish and Arabic combined. Once you learn to communicate in mandarin that an extra billion people on this planet that you can talk to.

3. Culture

Learning any language will introduce you to whole new culture, draw you into a new community and enable you to participate in that community.

Studying Chinese is a great opportunity to really understand Chinese culture in depth, learn about China’s famously long history, and embrace lots of new cultural experiences. 

4.  Business and Career 

Learning Chinese and gaining an understanding of Chinese culture is a great advantage to anyone working in company doing business with China.

In addition to mainland China, Mandarin is often spoken in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Brunei, Philippines and Mongolia. So speaking Chinese is an asset to anyone doing business in Asia in particular.

As China is currently the world’s second largest economy and has such a vast potential market, learning Chinese could open doors all around the world. Don’t forget to check out our blog about how learning mandarin can benefit your career

How NOT To Learn Chinese

Teacher Zoe making sure Student Ben gets his tones and pronunciation absolutely spot on… or not!?

Dating in China? Not like you might be used to! Here is how now to ask someone out in Chinese, thanks to Zoe and Ben.

Learn Chinese Blog Posts

Learn Chinese through the LTL blog. We cover everything from Chinese food to Chinese Traditional Clothing, Chinese holidays to Chinese Characters.

  • Chinese Numbers

    Get to grips with Chinese numbers from 1-10, and then further afield as we take you right the way to billions and trillions!

    Chinese Numbers

  • Chinese Names

    Chinese Names are incredibly different to that of the Western world. Learn about the most common names here.

    Chinese Names

Our Favourite Learning Chinese Apps

Duolingo Testimony for LTL
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Duolingo is one of the big names on the market when it comes to learning languages and when it comes to Mandarin, it's no different.

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Pleco Testimony for LTL
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Pleco is one of the most famous names in the world of Chinese and with very good reason. It's almost indispensable, that's how good it is!

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Manga Testimony for LTL
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Manga Mandarin isn't your conventional Chinese app but it does something most of it's competitors do not do, teach Chinese via Comics.

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Utilise Video

Learning Chinese, or any language for that matter, through video, is a simple and easy way to learn Mandarin these days.

People always ask – how can I learn Chinese free? YouTube should probably be near the top of that list.

With that said, we are making sure that, every single week, we are publishing great content for you to learn Chinese from the comfort of your own home.

Here are some of our most popular videos to date.

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