Learning Chinese independently can be a challenging task. There’s so much to learn and it’s hard to know what’s worth prioritizing and what can be put off for later. Without some structure, it’s easy to find yourself with gaps in your knowledge. A good course can help you avoid these errors.
There is no perfect online course to learn Chinese. There’s nothing that will teach you everything you need to learn. You’ll almost certainly need to combine these with other resources to make sure you get enough speaking, listening, reading, and writing practice – depending on your priorities, of course.
There are, however, many good courses and course-like resources that can act as a guide as you learn Chinese. At the end of this post, I’ll mention some that I think are terrible that you should avoid wasting your money on.
Let’s take a look at them one at a time.