Chinese (Mandarin) for English speakers

Like many people on this site, I can't wait for Chinese to be released into the incubator. Obviously I understand that with the Chinese writing system this course would be very difficult to make and it may be many years before this is possible.

What if the course only taught us to speak, listen and read though? That would be a much easier course to make. The English for Chinese course already makes people read the Chinese and translate to English, so the reading wouldn't be a problem for the Duolingo software. We could hear the Chinese and write our answer in English for the listening. And speaking shouldn't be a problem either. Or what if they taught us to recognise the characters (reading) and to translate into Chinese / speak, using pinyin? As long as the course doesn't teach us to write the Chinese characters, it should be much easier to make.

What do you guys think? Would the course still be worth making if it didn't teach writing? Upvote if you agree that the staff should consider making a simplified course so they see this post!

November 8, 2015


I'm also waiting for duo's mandarin course. If you want to learn Chinese, I would recommend hellochinese it's a free app based on Duolingo! And pleco is the most popular dictionary you may also like.

April 15, 2016

It is in Incubator now: I hope it's not a glitch :D

July 13, 2017

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September 24, 2017

If you type in pinyin with Chinese enabled, it will automatically convert into characters, though.

November 8, 2015

I am native Mandarin Chinese speaker, and would really love to see this course added to Duolingo! I has volunteered to contribute to this course but has got nothing back... Hope it can be in Incubator soon...

PS: I can help you with your Chinese here if anyone has any problems they would like an answer to.

March 12, 2017

Is simplified chinese easy or hard to learn

June 17, 2019


November 24, 2017

Hi Duolingo team, is there a way to only focus or set the mandarin course to learn to speaking rather than reading too. Some of us are only interested to learn how to communicate for travel or work and won't need to or aren't interested to learn to read or write. Is this option available? If not have you considered this? I look forward to hearing from you.

July 3, 2019
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