Free Mandarin Learning eBook

How should you learn Mandarin? The best way to learn Chinese is not to simply spend hours rote memorizing characters, but to learn smart. You need to know how to learn tones, the best way to memorize characters, which apps and websites to use and how to keep motivated while learning Chinese. Everyone has their own tried and trusted methods to succeed but it’s important to find yours rather than endlessly reading through those Chinese books doing the same monotonous thing.

Let 10 world famous Chinese language learners tell you in the free Ultimate GuidEbook to Learning Mandarin Chinese their tricks, advice and what they recommend as the best ways to learn Mandarin. Both for beginners and those who’ve already started learning, we help you to avoid the most common mistakes Chinese language learners make and benefit from our learning experiences.

Mandarin Learning Tips and Advice from 10 Language Specialists

  • Pronunciation And Tones

    One thing I always tell people is that as with any language, it’s a good idea to practice speaking or at least get your mouth moving as early as you can. This is doubly so with Mandarin.

    Chris Parker

    Pronunciation And Tones |
  • Remembering Chinese Words

    There are two tips I want to give to help you learn words faster – first I want you to notice some words you already know, and then I’ll give a tip for remembering the majority of unfamiliar words you’ll come across much quicker.

    Benny Lewis

    Remembering Chinese Words |
  • Improving Listening Ability

    You get what your teacher says, but strangers seem to speak a different language. You hang out with Chinese people, but find it hard to catch what they say among themselves. Does this sound familiar?

    Olle Linge

    Improving Listening Ability |
  • Mastering Sentence Structure

    My method of mastering Chinese is one that may work when studying many other languages: learn full sentences, not single words or characters.

    Verena Menzel

    Mastering Sentence Structure |
  • Motivation to Study

    One of the biggest realisations I have made in my Chinese learning journey is that motivation is a finite resource. You don’t have total control over your motivation and recognising that lets you use your time and energy in a more effective way.

    Hugh Grigg

    Motivation to Study |
  • Immersion Chinese for Dummies

    Some people just naturally hear tones and some remember characters by just looking through them. I never did and it took me a long time to figure out how to learn Mandarin. Once I did, I finally mastered the language.

    Andreas Laimboeck

    Immersion Chinese for Dummies |
  • Expanding your Chinese Abroad

    Learning Chinese in China does not mean you will learn it better than someone learning it outside China. You simply need to access the language from where you are and take some steps to integrate Chinese into your life.

    Richard Simcott

    Expanding your Chinese Abroad |
  • Using Technologies in Studies

    In the past few years, new technologies have experienced impressive developments. Which are the main tools that the new digital age offers to obtain a greater efficiency in studying Mandarin?

    Sborto Zhou

    Using Technologies in Studies |
  • Learn Chinese by Having Fun!

    Perhaps one of the greatest secrets to learning Chinese may not really be a huge secret after all: follow your passions and learn by having fun!

    Greg Bell

    Learn Chinese by Having Fun! |
  • Learning Characters Methods

    A friend of mine calls them birds’ foot scratches in the sand – I see pictographs in them representing images and ideas. But either way, at first sight Chinese characters will look like a puzzle to be solved!

    Marcus Pentzek

    Learning Characters Methods |

How to Learn Chinese Blog Posts

  • Chinese isn't so hard

    LTL Blog

    On the face of it learning Chinese can be incredibly daunting but it really doesn’t have to be. It’s very different from most other languages but there are many hugely logical areas of learning Chinese. We run down our favourites with this blog post.

    Learning Chinese isn’t hard

    Chinese isn't so hard |
  • Skritter Review

    LTL Blog

    Skritter is an app created at helping Chinese learning students get familiar with Chinese characters. It’s ability to also teach stroke order means it has gained huge popularity with it’s theory of repetition to teach mandarin learners characters.

    Skritter Review

    Skritter Review |
  • Hello Chinese Review

    LTL Blog

    Hello Chinese is a popular Chinese learning App many Chinese learning students use. It is widely used around the world by Mandarin learners and uses pinyin, Chinese characters and imagery to teach students Chinese.

    Hello Chinese Review

    Hello Chinese Review |

How to Learn Chinese – Learn the Tones

Learning Chinese isn’t as difficult as you’d think. We are Mandarin language experts and to help you further we are creating a whole bunch of hugely useful infographics relating to learning Mandarin.

We have a whole host of topics we want to cover but to create something great takes time and lots of hard work! We’ll add to the list below as we go but for now here is our first learning graphic which relates to learning the tones in Chinese. Avoid those common mistakes and take advice from our very own teachers and experts.

Learn Chinese Tones