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    Best courses to learn Chinese?

    Hi guys! I'm again posting on behalf of my friend Eric, who is going to be traveling to China. We would like to know if you could recommend us any good courses to learn the language, my friend's mandarin is very basic. We are not looking for big fancy courses, we would like to find a short and effective one. A course that can teach him all the basics, and can encourage him to practice some words (pronunciation). If you have used a good mandarin course that has worked well for you, then please let us know!

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    Re: Best courses to learn Chinese?

    There's a website I like for learning languages call livemocha.com that I'm fairly certain has Mandarin. It's basically a lot like Rosetta Stone except this website is free (and Rosetta Stone is crazy expensive). It teaches through picture associated instead of word to word, which I think is much more effective. Good luck, learning languages outside the Indo-European language family is challenging for English speakers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ramagu View Post
    There's a website I like for learning languages call livemocha.com that I'm fairly certain has Mandarin. It's basically a lot like Rosetta Stone except this website is free (and Rosetta Stone is crazy expensive). It teaches through picture associated instead of word to word, which I think is much more effective. Good luck, learning languages outside the Indo-European language family is challenging for English speakers.
    Well I was going to say Rosetta Stone seems to have a lot of value for people but is way expensive- I'd never heard of this site. Thanks so much for sharing it!

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    Re: Best courses to learn Chinese?

    Quote Originally Posted by ramagu View Post
    There's a website I like for learning languages call livemocha.com that I'm fairly certain has Mandarin. It's basically a lot like Rosetta Stone except this website is free (and Rosetta Stone is crazy expensive). It teaches through picture associated instead of word to word, which I think is much more effective. Good luck, learning languages outside the Indo-European language family is challenging for English speakers.
    Hi!! Thanks a lot for the suggestion. To be honest this is the first time I ever hear about this web site, it sounds really interesting. I think it can help a little bit, at least so Eric can get started. He has bought an audio course already, he's using the Pimsleur method So far so good, but any kind of help he can get will be good!

 

 

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