ChinesePod’s library of over 4000+ audio & video Mandarin lessons is the largest you will find… anywhere. Our system works by training through mass input. Each lesson begins by going over the dialogue three times. Next up, we chunk each sentence into translations, with each individual translation repeated three times. Following this introduction to the dialogue, we delve into the core lesson, where we explain the grammatical structure behind the dialogue. By the end of the lesson, you have a clear idea of how and why the dialogue is structured as such, and have heard the sentences at least twenty times, giving you ample opportunity to have it imprinted in your mind.
Once you are finished with a lesson, the lesson’s page gives you enriching review opportunities, including vocabulary, sentence reviews, and expansions, where we give further examples of the lessons grammatical structure and vocabulary in different context. Furthermore, our community is made up of active and passionate learners and each lesson’s discussion board is filled with lively conversation about the lessons content.
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Beginner, Intermediate, & Advanced? Nope.it’s not as simple as that! At ChinesePod we understand that finding the right entry point for your Mandarin Chinese studies can be confusing. Learning a language, whether it be to simply learn a few survival phrases or something you plan on building a lifelong relationship with, requires hard work and commitment. No one wants to be thrown in the deep end or be made to suffer through trite material they have already mastered. Our content is more aptly organised into five levels. As you progress through the levels, the English and Chinese ratio adjusts accordingly.
Supplement your Mandarin speaking, listening, and pronunciation exercises with our plethora of additional study resources. Each podcast lesson is accompanied by a Dialogue, Vocabulary, Expansion, Grammar and Exercises section. Practice online or download all the resources and study on your own time. These supplementary study resources breakdown lesson’s content allowing for further review including learning the vocabulary or listening to each sentence separately.
The Dialogue section provides an interactive transcript of the lesson. The Chinese characters are provided along with the English translation and pinyin to ease with pronunciation. It’s better to learn the target language in context but we provide a function to study each word separately too. Scrutinize each Chinese character by mousing over it to see the literal translation. You also have the option of toggling between Simplified and Traditional characters.
Rote memorization is boring and not the most effective method, but we suggest using the supplementary vocabulary lists in conjunction with the audio or video to accelerate your rate of achieving language competency.
Our expansion gives you the opportunity to learn target vocabulary taught in the lesson in other meaningful situations.
The grammar section provides a more detailed explanation of the lesson’s grammatical structure, giving you a chance for better comprehension and skilled composition of the Mandarin Language. This section also includes practice sentences that give you additional context to how the grammatical structure may show up in conversation. This functionality is the same as as the Dialogue section.
Learn aurally then reinforce further with online worksheets and exercises. These include: