Study Chinese Independently with These Incredibly Useful Apps
There are a ridiculous number of apps for learning Chinese. The majority are pretty terrible and don’t do much. However, some are really great. This post will look at 25+ apps that you should consider using. With these apps, you’ll be able to improve every area of your language skills, including, reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary, and grammar.
Not only that, these apps are convenient and affordable – often times even free.
If you’re looking for an online Chinese course, you’ll eventually come across Yoyo Chinese. It’s one of the few established courses where you can independently study Mandarin online.
It’s quite possibly the best course as well. That’s not to say it’s perfect or that it’s the only tool you’ll need to learn Chinese.
Yoyo Chinese is actually comprised of several different courses which can be purchased individually, or as bundles. The six main courses are Beginner Conversational, Chinese Characters, and Intermediate Conversational, Chinese Characters 2, Upper Intermediate Conversational, and Chinese Character Reader. There are also two smaller and cheaper courses – Chinese Grammar and Chinese Learning Tips.
This review will focus on these six main courses.
All of these courses are comprised of short videos, audio reviews, flashcards, and quizzes. The host, Yangyang, does an excellent job of explaining the material in an easy to understand way but also with depth.
First, I’ll discuss the conversational courses together because they’re fairly similar but obviously fit a different skill level.
Afterward, I’ll talk about the Chinese Character courses and then the Chinese Character Reader course.
I’ll let you know what I think Yoyo Chinese does well and where it falls short. I’ll give you all the information so that you can decide for yourself if it’s worth purchasing.
Improving your listening comprehension is one of the most important things you can do while learning Mandarin.
The reason is pretty obvious.
If you don’t understand what people are saying, how are you going to communicate with anyone?
Luckily, improving your listening comprehension isn’t terribly difficult. There are some excellent podcasts that can help you out.
Similar to studying with apps, it’s usually quite easy to find some free time to listen to a podcast.
When working on your listening skills, you need to find materials that fit your level. If you only listen to materials that are too challenging, you’ll likely get frustrated and not pick up much. On the other hand, listening to materials that are too easy, won’t push you to improve as quickly as you can.
In this article, we’re going to look at a variety of podcasts, both free and paid, that can help you improve your Mandarin listening comprehension.
At the end of this post, I’ll share some other podcasts related to language learning and China that you may find interesting.