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Suggestions for Mandarin or Arabic learning resources ?

Hi , can anyone suggest any decent learning resources for Mandarin or Arabic? There are zillions of web sites out there but I'd specifically lke to find something like Duolingo, this site is brilliant.

Thanks in advance. Pat

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/KaitlynV.Ellis

Yes, I definitely think that Mandarin should be learned on this website as it is the most popularly spoken language in the world, (according to this website. What? I told the website that I spoke Spanish and it told me that fact. Although my native language is American English.) and since it has a fake language from Star Trek (Which I don't watch.) that I'm sure fans can speak but is still not real. Although I'm not sure about Arabic, although it is a rapidly growing language, so you're right, it's probably a good idea.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GoColts6
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IKR When I saw Klingon (or something like that), I was like "What in the world is that?" I obviously don't watch Star Trek, so I didn't know what it was either.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KaitlynV.Ellis

Thanks for responding. Yeah, with that on here they might as well teach Hylian. (The Legend of Zelda language. Although there are no official words so...)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PatrickCollins

Haha , I shouldn't laugh it could happen

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/-..--..-.-.-.-

Where did this site tell you that?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KaitlynV.Ellis

Also, I know how you feel about using this particular website. You don't know how long that I've been waiting for the Russian course to be done.... sigh

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bfoshizzle
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It's really expensive, and I'm not too far into it, but I've really been liking Pimsleur. It's a CD/MP3 course that's entirely audio-based, but it's very interactive, and I'd imagine an entirely audio-based course would be a really good way to teach Mandarin (at least initially). It relies on translating a prompt into the target language (the correct translation is then repeated 2-3 times over with long pauses in between for learning pronunciation), it focuses on building grammar skills, and it uses space repetition (or "graduated recall" as they call it), so it's a lot like Duolingo. I'm half-way through the conversational French course, which is 8 hours-worth in total, but an entire course is 45-75 hours worth. I would fully imagine that you could hold a conversation in the language after going through a course (maybe twice over). I'd say, apart from Duolingo, Pimsleur has been the best resource I've found for learning French, and I'm very strongly considering learning Mandarin with it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PatrickCollins

Thanks for that info bfoshizzle. I have had a look at a couple of Pimsleur mp3's before but wasn't too sure how they would go over the long haul. I might check it out and try in for a couple of months to see how it goes. Appreciate the tip . Thanks

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KaitlynV.Ellis

You know, although a lot of them are crap, there are quite a few videos on you tube that are similar to what bfoshizzle is using. They help you to learn whatever language the video is on by doing some of the same things as Pimsleur. I've only tried the videos on learning Russian, but I'm sure there are other ones out there. Like I said most of them are probably not that good, but you could still try. Also, thank you for mentioning Pimsleur, it sounds like a good resource to use for learning another language, and I've been looking for good sites for language learning for a while now and haven't found much, so I'll try it. Thank you.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/upon.a.star
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Chinese Skill! It's an app for learning Chinese that uses the same kind of method as Duolingo: http://www.chinese-skill.com/cs.html

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PatrickCollins

Thank you for that

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kevinguy19
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I used Chinese Skill until I heard about HelloChinese. I find it far superior.

2 years ago