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?
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!"
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.
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.
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!
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?!?
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.
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..