What's the best app for learning Mandarin Chinese?

What's the best app for learning Mandarin Chinese?

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  1. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    Ask on /misc/ what the CCP agents recommend

  2. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    Drops is great and Pleco is a must as a companion app, but do yourself a favor and get a native teacher. Taiwan and PRC will both sponsor you if you go study there, so 何樂而不為?

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Taiwan and PRC will both sponsor you if you go study there
      Qrd? I'd be interested in either free college or a free language school.

      • 8 months ago
        Anonymous

        https://www.studyintaiwan.org/chinese/scholarship

        https://www.chinesescholarshipcouncil.com/chinese-language-scholarships-in-china

        Don't be lazy, anon, it's just a google search away. It's generally easier to get a scholarship in China and I would recommend to go there first to get immersed in the language environment.
        Taiwan is nice too, but you should go to a uni in a smaller city if possible (same is true for China btw, you will be more motivated to learn).

        I used to stay in China before and I'm in Taiwan now, so feel free to ask about either. Oh yeah, 加油!

        • 8 months ago
          Anonymous

          This by far.
          Also if you know how to avoid being brainwashed, there are these Confucius institutes ran all over the world. Which are clearly ran by CCP. But they offer excellent free language classes in most places, at least for the first 10-20 hours. They then give you access to their own materials online as well.
          iq.com has tons of free stuff subtitled and dubbed in Mandarin. Youtube as well. Once you know the basics, those help a lot with picking up some conversational extras.

          • 8 months ago
            Anonymous

            I took it. It's not bad. I don't know what propaganda you're expecting in a language course. They thought us about Chinese history and culture, not about how to become full on Maoists lol.
            Actually a lot of country embassies do free language courses. Japan, Korea, Germany. Maybe France and russia too.

            If you want the best app for Chinese then that's italki and pleco.

            • 8 months ago
              Anonymous

              nah, CCP propaganda is very clumsy and no one really finds it believable, the propagators included

              Confucius institutes are a nice place to start, but going to China/Taiwan is much better tbh.

              And as [...] said, yeah, it is getting more difficult to get a scholarship, but not being a moron will work wonders.

              On a side note, try getting Chinesepod podcast adrchives, I heard good comment about em

              What even is their propaganda? I just know the Pentagon propaganda against them

              For us they ended the first class with the music video of some Taiwanese pop star, and during the video they kept talking about how Taiwan is not actually a country, that the way they write Chinese isn't real etc.
              Every lesson was wrapped up in a similar manner. Always some different subject. Like how Japan is the root of all evil, they even appropriated ramen. How tea is in every way superior to coffee. It was fine cause I knew I could just zone out at the end. Very compartmentalized. The actual lessons themselves were great. Our teachers came from the most competitive Beijing universities and were originally Beijingers, which helped with my accent a lot.
              The Confucius Institute I went to also had events organized together with the Chinese embassy staff every month or so... Who are very CCP.

              >dont bother trying to read until you can have a conversation
              Absolutely moronic advice.

              If you ever, ever want to read Chinese well, this is important. Also try not to rely too much on pinyin. The sooner you ignore the existence of pinyin, the faster your brain gets used to memorizing the characters.

              • 8 months ago
                Anonymous

                You're teacher was either autistic as frick or you are lying as frick. I would guess the latter. I took the course and the worse thing that happened was it showed some maps with the 9 dash line and Taiwan. Aside from that Taiwan wasn't even mentioned.

          • 8 months ago
            Anonymous

            nah, CCP propaganda is very clumsy and no one really finds it believable, the propagators included

            Confucius institutes are a nice place to start, but going to China/Taiwan is much better tbh.

            And as

            >its generally easier to get a scholarship to China
            They are making it harder now. Too many morons came on them and budget cuts.

            said, yeah, it is getting more difficult to get a scholarship, but not being a moron will work wonders.

            On a side note, try getting Chinesepod podcast adrchives, I heard good comment about em

            • 8 months ago
              Anonymous

              What even is their propaganda? I just know the Pentagon propaganda against them

              • 8 months ago
                Anonymous

                Being a nice, clean, safe country. It makes fat Americans feel bad 🙁

        • 8 months ago
          Anonymous

          >its generally easier to get a scholarship to China
          They are making it harder now. Too many morons came on them and budget cuts.

  3. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    HackChinese.com for SRS

  4. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    I use Duolingo, Learn Chinese Characters (学汉字), and Pleco. None of them will fully "teach" you on their own, but are great supplements. Even Duolingo, which I like for their Practice Characters/Practice Listening mobile app features.

  5. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    there is no best app for chinese. if you want to learn chinese then i would recommend this:
    >learn the sounds, intials, finals, tones and tone pairs.
    i would use hackingchinese website for the pronunciation.
    >once you can pronounce, listen to chinese as much as possible
    listening is the key. you need to find some sources which have the context of discussion clear. try to find kids tv shows, kids cartoons, basic documentaries.
    >italki online lessons.
    pure chinese, no english. you might struggle to find a good teacher who will do this as most have set lessons they just regurgitate from books.
    >don't bother trying to read or write until you can have a conversation of over HSK level 2 with your teacher.

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      >there is no best app for chinese
      duolingo, lingodeer, drops etc are all just getting you to memorise some chinese basic grammar and some words. you need listening, tones, pronunciation and speaking. hours of it. once you can speak the tones and sounds you are better off getting Migaku extension for your browser and repeating chinese from youtube videos by listening/repeating.

      • 8 months ago
        Anonymous

        Duolingo is hot garbage

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      >dont bother trying to read until you can have a conversation
      Absolutely moronic advice.

  6. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    Pleco for memorization + writing+ use spaced repetition, Native teacher for speaking, It will take over a year over focused study 8hr a day to be fluent (able to discuss topics at high level).

  7. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    Why must everything be an app?

  8. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    I used Rosetta Stone

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