Mandarin Chinese is one of the most important languages in the world for business and global trade. In fact, so much so that I believe all schools should be teaching it to young people. In addition to business and career advancement, Mandarin Chinese is becoming more and more popular as tourism to China increases (it’s a gorgeous country with a rich history that people are eager to explore).
9 Best Online Chinese Classes of 2021
1. Rocket Chinese
There are few, if any, Chinese courses as comprehensive as Rocket Chinese. This three-level program is perfectly suited to Mandarin students looking for structure – it walks you from the absolute basics right through to an advanced level of Chinese. This course option is at the top of my recommendations for Mandarin Chinese learners.
1ChineseClass101 is a really popular online resource for learning Mandarin Chinese. Less of a structured course, and more of a mishmash of topic-based podcast lessons, this is a great option for anyone heading to China.
3. Yoyo Chinese
Yoyo Chinese has been around for a long time and is one of the most popular, well-respected course platforms for learning Chinese. The Yoyo Chinese courses are enjoyable and really easy to follow with really clear explanations.
Angel has done a superb job putting together this Chinese course.Its main strengths are the high quality videos and the fact that unlike other course options, it has a one-time, inexpensive fee to join.
5. Glossika Mandarin
Glossika’s one of the most unique and powerful learning tools available for learning Mandarin Chinese. Its founder, Mike Campbell, is a fluent Mandarin speaker and the team is based in Taiwan. This Chinese course uses a unique learning algorithm that trains listening and conversational fluency. It comes with a 7-day free trial, but then has a $30 a month fee.Suitable for all levels of Mandarin, though lower-level learners may find it difficult to understand in the beginning.
6. Pimsleur (Mandarin Chinese)
Pimsleur’s a timeless favorite for learning Mandarin Chinese using spaced repetition recall. The lessons focus on practical vocabulary and expressions one might need in various scenarios. This includes greetings, common phrases, and vocabulary you might need when visiting China.
The Pimsleur method prepares you for the necessary Mandarin you need to get by visiting China in a short period of time. This is one of the best online Chinese courses despite its age, and is an affordable program that can be subscribed to, or buy the full program which includes 30 lessons.
7. Yabla Chinese
Yabla Chinese was the first of its kind – an online Chinese course that uses interactive video.
It has an enormous library of content that most Chinese students will never find insufficient.
8. The Mimic Method Chinese
Mimic advertises a course that focuses completely on pronunciation (treating language like song). The program can be technical and difficult to get through, but if your only goal is to improve your pronunciation, it may good for you.
9. FluentU Mandarin
Basically, a derivative of Yabla – Fluentu has been around for a long time and came after Yabla.
It has a newer interface but is far more expensive than Yabla.