You can get quite far on your Chinese learning journey making use of apps, textbooks, websites, podcasts and other resources. But eventually, you’re going to want or need help from a Native Chinese speaker – whether that’s a language exchange partner or a teacher.
I recently tried a free trial class with Hanbridge Mandarin and afterward discussed the platform and asked lots of questions about how everything works. In this review, I’m going to share my experience.
I’ve been taking classes from Chinese teachers since before I started this website. I found my first tutor on Verbling and worked with her for ten lessons. After that, I eventually switched over to using italki and have taken lots of classes with a bunch of different tutors on there (italki review). I’ve also taken a trial class at eChineseLearning and was able to learn a lot about how their platform works (eChineseLearning review).
Finding a Chinese tutor or language exchange partner is essential for learning Mandarin. You need conversation practice and feedback from a Native speaker. A skilled teacher can pinpoint your weak areas and significantly speed-up the learning process.
In this review, I’ll look at eChineseLearning. They’re one of the oldest and most well-known companies for 1-to-1 online Mandarin lessons. I took two hours of trial classes and researched other people’s experiences for writing this review.
I’ve used italki (read my review) rather extensively for help with my Chinese. While this isn’t meant to be a comparison article, there are places where I’ll be comparing my experience with the two services.