When will mandarin chinese come out?
Okay so I know they are hoping to bring out 50 new languages in the incubator within a month but how long till chinese for english people is in the incubater? thanks in advanced!
Vote up to get Chinese in the incubator!
Duolingo still doesn't offer a Mandarin course now. My Chinese teacher recommended an app called HelloChinese to me. It's quick, thorough and follows the same style as duolingo. Meanwhile, I use memrise for vocabulary. I recommend you all to check them out.
Here are the links: Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1001507516 Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hellochinese
HelloChinese is great! I've been using it for a few months and would definitely recommend it.
The English course for Chinese speakers is currently incubated with about 30-35% of completion. After the translation is completed, it will be released in beta. From the current speed of development I'd say it will take another 2-4 months. The English to Chinese course will most likely be added to the Incubator after that and, again, it will take some time to adjust it and, I believe, some time will also be needed to add some reading and writing lessons.
Any word on this? I am eager to learn Mandarin the other sites online to not compare to Duolingo....
I think I can advertise a bit as long as Duolingo does not provide Mandarin:
Goethe-Verlag München (strangely enough, it is for free) – My favourite: Just listen to the language. http://www.goethe-verlag.com/book2/EN/
ChinesePod (registration needed, but it is free) – Practise writing characters and learn vocabularies in dialogues; additionally listen to a podcast, where the dialogues and contained vocabularies are discussed. https://chinesepod.com/dashboard/course
Dorling Kindersley: Get talking Chinese (free PDF and MP3 download) – A book about Chinese. I personally prefer books over online lessons, combined with Goethe-Verlag München (and Duolingo, which is an exception of course). http://www.mandarinchineseschool.com/pinyin/63-easy-peasy-chinesewritten-by-dk-a-very-good-mandarin-chinese-textbook-for-beginners-with-cd-audioes
Chinese For Europeans (completely free) – The section for children is good for the beginning. See short films with easy language. http://www.children.chinese4.eu/
Chineasy (completely free) – Learn some vocabularies by seeing them as images. http://chineasy.org/basics/classes.aspx
Hi, I guess it will take a lot of time before Duolingo releases a chinese course for english speakers. Chinese is much more complex than western languages, you have to learn characters, how to write them, how to recognize them, how to pronounce them (pronunciation is not easy, looking at a character does not tell you how to pronounce it) and you have to learn pinyin as well and four different tones which are critical to the language.
In the meantime, you can give NuliNuli a try: http://nulinu.li/
Just teach the pinyin, then. You can add learning to read characters later, but why limit us for months to years while they figure out how to use duolingo to teach characters. At least people will get a jump start on speaking.
Absolutely - for many of us, the main point is to learn to hear and speak, not to write. I'm fine with a pinyin version first.
That is true, the main point may be speaking but really, pinyin can only take you so far. Soon people will be confused by how many different words look and sound the same, you often need the characters to disambiguate. In the end something is better than nothing, I will just have to wait until they figure out how to do the characters.
Thank you so much for the link! Do you have any other Chinese links that would be helpful for beginners?
Hi GiantAndre, glad to hear you liked NuliNuli! If you are a beginner in chinese, I strongly recommend you give a full try to Anki, at least once in your life, and preferably early :). This software made a huge difference in my life for learning by heart things (chinese vocabulary but not only) and still is today (for learning japanese and more recently spanish).
Another tip: when I was living in China, I really had a need to recognize characters seen in the street during everyday life. It was not easy because I could not guess the pinyin and I had to write them by hand on a small notebook. Then I found a great app for that: Pleco on my iPhone. I could handwrite characters and instantly get their pinyin and translation. That was very efficient for learning on the way.
Let me know what you think of Anki, this is really the most important tool for me.
I would LOVE it if you guys bring out Mandarin Chinese!!! Can't wait for that to happen. I hope you announce it broadly because i want to start as soon as i can. Thanks for offering this amazing free service.
so... what’s the news on this? I would love to see Mandarin coming to Duolingo as well.
Mandarin is also not as hard as it seems. Yes, it's true that you'll have to learn a new writing system and memorize 3,000 characters to be able to get by in China, but the grammar is extremely simple, and the language is structured similarly to English.
-No Conjugation 我说(Wǒ Shūo/I speak) 你说(Nǐ Shūo/ You speak) 他说(Tā Shūo/He speaks) 她说(Tā Shūo/ She speaks) 他们说 (Tā Mén Shūo/ They speak) 我们说 (Wǒ Mén Shūo/ We speak) etc.
Notice how the verb 说(Shūo) stays the same.
-Past tense In Mandarin Chinese, the past tense does not require changing a word, merely adding the character 了(lè) to the end of the sentence.
我吃 (Wǒ Chī/I eat) 我吃了(Wǒ Chī Lè/I ate)
-No Masculine or Feminine Verbs to stress about Just like English, and unlike many other languages, such as French, Mandarin has no gender for nouns, giving you one less thing to worry about.
-Vocabulary Unlike in English where there are so many words for different things, in Mandarin, new words are simply formed by combining already used characters together to form a new word, called 词(cí)
飞(Fēi/Fly) 机 (Jī/Machine)
Airplane= 飞 + 机 = 飞机 Airplane= Flying Machine
Kind of simple, right?
Yes, Mandarin has 4 tones, and yes, you will have to spend probably a few months to get them mastered, but once you really get into the intermediate level, you'll find out that it's really not that hard after all.
Mandarin speakers probably outnumber those of all other languages offered here, combined! What's up with that?
When Chinese does come out, I hope that there will be a toggle for simplified/traditional. I don't study or write in simplified characters, and most resources are simplified as it is... since traditional is just a matter of machine conversion I hope there'll be such an option.
I really want to learn Chinese. I don't know how to vote for it, but I gave you a lingot just for asking about it.
I cannot believe that the most spoken language in the world is still not available on this site! Myself and (clearly) many others would very much like the course to exist! If anyone with some amount of Mandarin knowledge started one in the incubator, I think that would really help get it started.
Chinese is open now, but I am really annoyed by one thing... why are there no pictures to help the beginner learn the MEANING of the words, as in all the other languages Duolingo offers? I am not a complete beginner in Chinese as I studied it in college, but for the absolute beginner, teaching only the character for each word, and not the meaning, is all but useless. If HelloChinese can do it, Duo should be able to as well.