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Mandarin Chinese?

As the most spoken language in the world, I feel like it would be really cool to have a Duolingo course on this. Is one in the works?


June 2, 2013



Even though I think a language such as Chinese would be hard to fit in Duolingo's system, I'd be really glad to see it added. But while it isn't added, there are a lot of other sources to get started with the language:

HelloChinese: you learn to write the characters and learn some everyday phrases and words. It is very didatic and simple to use.

HelloTalk: I use it a lot. You talk to Chinese native speakers that want to learn English - or whatever your native language is. Very good to get the grasp of the language used by people on the internet.

Anki: a flashcard-based app although it is a bit "crude", it is a great source for vocab learning. It uses a Spaced Repetition System (SRS) that is way better than Duolingo's. For disciplined learners, it is probably the best tool to learn fast and remember the Hanzi. You can make your own flashcards very easily (my own deck already has 1500+ cards).

Memrise: its SRS is not very good compared to Anki (still better than Duolingo's), but its system of mems (funny, interesting or unexpected mental links to learn every single word) is worth a try. I've stopped using it to learn Chinese, but I still use it to learn other languages. If used together with Duolingo to learn European languages, it will help you tremendously, as it's been doing lately with my French.






Thank you very much! I just started to use memrize, which was recommended to me by one of my students.

I am just restarting my Spanish experience and I have about 12 -15 Spanish-speaking people who can help me, but the HelloTalk and Anki sound perfect for Chinese. I used Pimsleur, which uses the SRS system, and I was very successful with it back in 2007 to the point where I can still recall about 50 phrases in Mandarin.

My goal will be to work on Spanish in 2017 and then hit Mandarin in 2018...as they say your 3rd language is the easiest to learn and I'd love for Mandarin to be "easy!"


As a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese, I would be able to contribute to this course! I've applied to be a contributor but have gotten nothing back yet! My hopes are up for this course to be launched in the incubator soon... Who agrees with me :P


I applied to be a contributor but nothing happened too...


After I finish my Spanish course in Duolingo, I want to learn more Mandarin. It would be great to have a Mandarin Chinese course!


Yeah, as a native Mandarin speaker, I really wish that Chinese can be added in the course list so that more people can learn it. Yet it's really hard to do so since I tried the "English for Chinese speakers" course and figured that languages that can switch the order of words without causing confusion (such as Chinese) are quite hard to fit into the system. When I was trying to "learn" that course (I know both languages quite well so I was just curious), I found out that it's quite hard for me to get the right answer. Not because I didn't know what the question was asking, but because in Mandarin, a word can have several meanings. Also, sometimes if you switch the order of words in a Mandarin sentence, it also makes sense. However the system didn't add all the possible answers, especially the colloquial ones. So if "Mandarin for English speakers" would be added, I hope this problem can be fixed somehow.


You should apply to be a contributor to the course!


I would love to do that, yet as a student, I don't really have much time to contribute to the course.


Yes, it is hard for English speaker to learn Chinese, because of how different the characters are compared to English letters, and the amount of idioms, proverbs, etc. Mandarin has.


Would be great to have mandarin chinese!


If anyone wants to learn, this app is almost exactly like duolingo. It even teaches you how to write characters by drawing with your finger on your phone. http://m.hellochinese.cc


This looks like it is just for a phone - not on computer - is that right? I am looking for some great learning tool for the computer (internet).


Thanks everyone for your support (and lingots!) It looks like it's finally happening!


4 years later: Mandarin is in the incubator.


I am enjoying the CHINESE course!


I really want this, one of the main courses I was hoping for when I created this duolingo account.


Many kids are learning this language in school and need support especially with their coursework, there are very few ways to effectively learn Chinese and it is even more difficult if students do not have a family member that speaks the language. A course in Chinese would help eliminate this problem and provide feasible help to students (and non-students) who want to learn another language.


I, as a native Chinese speaker, would love to see this course on Duolingo soon. Fingers crossed for it to be in the Incubator by this year...

BTW If anyone has questions concerning Chinese, I'm available for help! :P


Okay the explanation of the word order in Chinese is not clear in the course and / or not so well explained. I have to look for other sources outside DL to understand it.


Hi, I would love to brush up on Chinese. Most of the sites for teaching this language are hard to follow. I had found one based on flashcards (not Anki) which was good, but now I cannot find it or remember where it was! How would I contact you? Thanks again, Cheri


How do I register for the Chinese instruction in December?


Would it possible to have an option to learn Chinese using only pinyin on here? It would be nice to have a more accessible option. The Chinese characters are probably putting more than a few people off (those who just want to speak and understand).


Hello! I was wondering if it would be possible to add more lessons to the Chinese (mandarin) course. Specifically, for words that could be useful in reading novels. Just, magical terms (spells, demons, etc) or basic fighting moves (kick, punch, stab, etc).


I agree, it's grammatically easy: no gender, no conjugation, no article, SVO sentence structure. It's the easiest language for me.


Yes! Upvote yes or pay the prices


How come they have "Klingon (!)" and not Mandarin ???


ha ha. Good question!


No, a course in Mandarin is not in the works. Right now they are working on creating a system for users to add languages.


I believe they are working on a way for users to crowdsource languages so that they can still be taught via duolingo. Not sure how we would learn the writing system though. I want Chinese too!


I hope this gets added soon, too! We really need this one.


While you're waiting, you should definitely give ChineseSkill a try. The app comes with all the basics one need, such as Pinyin, Strokes, Tones and phrases. It's also free!

Download here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.chineseskillhl=en https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chineseskill-learn-mandarin-chinese-language-free/id777111034?mt=8


Thank you for the recommendation! I've been using this app every day now!


Yes please add chinese!!


Try ChineseSkill. It's the best replacement for a non-existing Duolingo Chinese.


Yes! Mandarin would be awesome!


Yes! Living in Hong Kong my main focus in on Cantonese, but Mandarin is so useful and I would love to take it on more 'casually' via Duolingo!


This is my most wanted language on Duolingo. This and Thai. I can only pray.


Mandarin Chinese is an interesting language. I would love to learn it!


As a mandarin and english speaker, I would really want to dedicate my time to contribute in getting this course, I can't wait


I would love to see a Mandarin Chinese course. East Asia has always fascinated me.


I agree and my children want to learn mandarin but their is no opportunity in the local region


Try ChineseSkill. It's the best replacement for a non-existing Duolingo Chinese.


Good point. It's really needed in this app.


Would love to study Mandarin, I'm a big Martial arts and movie fan.


I think Chinese is interesting and cool and I can lend a hand (already turned in an application for Simplified Chinese/中文)!


Seriously? This was suggested 3 years ago and not even hatching started? :( Chinese is definately needed here.


There's already an app that does all of it. Look up "ChineseSkill"!


I would love to see this course!


we need Chinese!!


There's already an app that does all of it. Look up "ChineseSkill"!


What I want to know is how the heck are they 55% of the way through with a Klingon course but haven't even started a Mandarin course? That's just ridiculous!! I love Star Trek, but come on! A fictional language appealing to only a small population is getting priority over the most spoken 1st language in the world?!?


Oh and I just saw they've got High Valyrian in the works too...


Please please please add Mandarin!


Have you tried ChineseSkill? It's very good for beginners.


I'd vote for Mandarin, please.




This totally needs to be a thing, even if I'm late to the party.


I think that I commented on this thread before but come on! How has this not even started yet?


I've really enjoyed the way Duo presents the new vocabulary, and I have trouble retaining new information using other apps and sites. It'd be fantastic if this course could get off the ground!


It's definitely not easy for a language like this to fit the Duolingo design, but I think it could be done as long as you don't teach the characters and use pinyin instead. It's pretty hard for any non-Latin script using language to fit the Duolingo design.


I definitely want this to be added.


I don't know why they haven't done this one already!


yeah i take this class in school and it would be really nice to study on here


I slightly started learning this language about six months ago on a different website. Unfortunately, the website was difficult to use and didn't have any forms of practice like this one, so I simply gave up. I just now heard about this voting thing. I hope this is added quickly.


I would love Chinese! It would really help me with my translations for school.




Try ChineseSkill. It's the best replacement for a non-existing Duolingo Chinese.


no hello chinese is by far the best


ChineseSkill has much more content than Hello Chinese. After you're done with the main courses in HelloChinese, you need to pay to unlock some games. It's not worth it.


Add this to duolingo'


Amen! My daughter is in a Chinese Immersion school, and I would love to be able to learn right along with her. While she is in school, they provide her with Mandarin Matrix. Anything that we can add to that to give additional support would be fabulous.


There's already an app that does all of it. Look up "ChineseSkill"!


I would love to see this added as well! I trust the Duolingo team to have the best execution of the course on the internet


Try ChineseSkill. It's the best replacement for a non-existing Duolingo Chinese.


a thousand times YES


I would like to add my vote for Mandarin Chinese because..... come on... it's Chinese. You know you have to.


Have you tried ChineseSkill? It's the best replacement for a non-existing Duolingo Chinese!


I would like a Chinese for English speakers course. Hope it happens soon.


Have you given ChineseSkill a try? This app teaches all the basics for free as well.


No, I haven't. Thanks for the tip, I will take a look.


hope this gets added soon I would like it plz


yeah!!!!! That would be absolutely cool. that is a good descusion


Have you tried ChineseSkill?


I would love to have Chinese as a course, Ive been wanting to learn it for a long time!!!!


Try ChineseSkill! You won't regret. It's the best replacement for a non-existing Duolingo Chinese.


Hello im chinese, i post this comment just to see how my flags look like after my name..and..i know italian and japanese as medium level ..and i want some frds on duolingo club things...also it's appreciated to have some one as a language parter on whatsapp or fb..im up to german italian japanese speakers currently...i want some virtual frds ,,sick of this otaku life..


Eh..level 2 ...well...


Yes, we need this one.


Have you tried ChineseSkill? It's very effective for beginners.


There's plenty of languages I'd love to learn, but Mandarin is probably in the top 3. I'd be happy to see this added some day.


This would be a great addition to Duolingo!


Please can we have a Mandarin course? Seems strange there is not one on Duolingo. Currently using another app but would much prefer to learn on here. Any news if a course is in the pipeline? It would be greatly appreciated xx


Yes! Yes! This would be very good!

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