Which dialects does this chinese course teach? Mandarin? And which writing system does it use? Traditional or simplified? I plan to learn the chinese language one day but not now because I am learning a different language now and I plan to be fluent in it first before moving to another language.

Oh, and other than duolingo. Where would you suggest to learn Chinese?

September 17, 2018


The course teaches Mandarin which is based on the Beijing dialect; it uses pinyin and simplified Chinese. I personally find HelloChinese, Drops, and LingoDeer to be really good. All should be free and are on phone, so you can do it on the go anytime. Drops is a vocabulary building app, so it won't teach you grammar of any sort, but the others will! Lingodeer gives really good grammar explanations, same with Hellochinese.

Hope this helps!

Edit: Accidentally said Shanghai instead of Beijing, my mistake.

Thank you very much for your answer. I've actually been waiting for someone to answer my questions. Here, have a lingot.

No problem! And thanks for the lingot :-)

Mandarin is based on the Shanghai dialect? Perhaps you mean Beijing? Shanghainese is as different to Mandarin as Teochew is to Mandarin.

Yeah, my mistake. I accidentally mixed the names up! I'll edit my post now.

谢谢 for this answer! I just started using HelloChinese after seeing your comment and I like this app a lot! I think alternating between Duolingo, HelloChinese and a formal class will be very helpful!

Duo's course uses simplified ones since they are most fundamental in teaching Chinese.

As a Taiwanese-American, I write and read traditional Chinese characters. However, I am also capable of reading some simplified Chinese characters.

Some people suggest that apps, like HelloChinese and LingoDeer. However, since some of the apps may not teach or emphasize multiple translations of the same sentence, it's more often powerful to apply the language here and also with natives online.

Thanks. Regarding speaking with natives, there are a lot of chinese people in my country so it is not a problem searching someone to practice it with. :-)

i’ve noticed some taiwanisms with 有 as the past tense indicator

Probably Mandarin, and simplified

Oh, and by the way: one, why doesn't my chinese tag pop up, and two, what does RMB mean?
  1. You probably haven't leveled up your chinese skill enough for it to appear.

  2. RMB is the PRC's currency (mainland china). It's an acronym which translates to "people's currency" or something close to that.

RMB 人民币 ren2min2bi4

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