The thought of moving to a country where I don't speak the language has been a little overwhelming. I decided to self study at home and learn what I can. I have gotten my kids in on the language learning as well. Here are a few of the tools we have been using to learn Mandarin Chinese:
- Self Study online with Yoyo Chinese (Free to begin)
- Self Study book with CD: Get Talking Chinese ($11 on Amazon)
- Online classes for kids with Lingo Bus (Free demo class, then $13-$15 per individual classes, there are often special deals on group classes and bundles)
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"We recommend you start by checking out the free lessons at the start of the Beginner Conversational Course. You’ll start speaking, understanding, and reading Chinese right away, and also experience going through the lessons, reviews, and quizzes, so you can decide if like learning Chinese with us.
The first few units of our Intermediate Conversational Course and Yoyo 300 Chinese Character Course are also available to check out for free."
I just started this program, so depending on how it goes, I may purchase some of the lessons. There are often coupon codes and discounts. I'm going to complete what is free and decide from there. What I really like about the videos I watched on Amazon Prime is that they are just a few minutes long, and really easy to understand. I like things that are short and simple!
Get Talking Chinese
This book and CD combo was such a great deal, I couldn't pass it up. For $11, you get a full color language guide and accompanying CD. The book explains the tones, gives cultural tips, and is full of useful phrases. I really want to master the content of this book because it is so helpful. The book is beautiful to look at and an easy read. It's not a text book, but something I would recommend. The only bummer is that there's no online audio. You have to find a CD player or upload it to your computer (if your computer has a CD player). I have been listening to it in the car.