Summary: ChineseFor.Us is a fantastic resource for studying Mandarin online. The quality and depth of the lessons is really impressive. The site is still growing as they haven’t yet released HSK3 and higher materials, but that will be coming in the near future. This review will focus on the following courses: Beginner, HSK 1, HSK2, Pinyin Drills, Tone Drills, and Writing. I’m a huge fan of ChinseFor.Us and enthusiastically recommend their courses.
Quality Every aspect is done really well.
Thoroughness The courses are as comprehensive as you’ll find.
Value Very affordable given the high-quality and comprehensive courses.
I Like The most in-depth courses you’ll find anywhere online. No course will give you as solid of a foundation for learning Chinese as ChineseFor.Us.
The videos and quizzes are very well-made. It’s clear that they put in the effort to make a quality product.
It’s very affordable, especially if you’re willing to commit to a six-month plan. A subscription gives you access to all courses.
I Don’t Like The content may be overly covered. For a beginner, it may be better to learn some topics “well enough” instead of mastering every detail.
If you’re just looking to pass an HSK test, some other courses might get you there faster but won’t give you as strong of a foundation.
Price: A subscription to ChineseFor.Us costs $24.99/month. If you commit to six-months up front this falls to $9.99/month. A one-year subscription would cost $8.99/month.
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Summary: I like Chinese Zero to Hero! a lot. Their courses cover HSK1-6 of the HSK Standard Course textbooks. While it’s not in-depth enough to be the only resource you use, few courses are. It’s a great option for those looking to add structure into their independent study routine or are preparing for the HSK tests. It isn’t meant to be a replacement for a textbook, but those with textbook phobia would really benefit from this course.
Quality The videos are very well made while limiting the amount of English and using appropriate vocabulary.
Thoroughness You’ll need to use other resources for additional practice.
Value The Ultimate Bundle is absurdly good value.
I Like It’s perfect for someone like me that likes to study using lots of different resources but wants to add some structure.
The videos are well-made with clear explanations. They don’t rely too heavily on pinyin or English.
Great value at a low price.
Covers everything from HSK1 to HSK6.
I Don’t Like If you don’t use other resources with this course, you’ll struggle to get enough practice.
Price: There are several different options to buy the courses. You can choose the ultimate bundle which gives you access to everything for $219. The HSK 1 – HSK 4 bundle costs $134 and the HSK 5 – HSK 6 & Path to Fluency bundle costs $109.
You can also purchase each HSK level individually. HSK 1 & HSK 2 cost $29 each, HSK 3 costs $36, and HSK 4, 5, & 6 cost $64 each. As each HSK level is made up of a few smaller parts, those smaller parts can also be purchased separately.
ChinesePod would be a great complement to Chinese Zero to Hero! because it’ll provide lots of listening practice to reinforce the vocabulary and grammar points you’ll learn in this course.
The Chairman’s Bao or Du Chinese – Both of these apps provide articles you can use for reading and listening practice. They’re organized by difficulty level, making it easy to find interesting content that fits your interests.