Chinese is one of the hardest languages to learn. But you know what? So is English. If you can read this and you can speak English, then you can definitely learn Chinese. What you need is to find a method that works for you. Just because your friend or spouse has learned Chinese by using flashcards, does not mean that the same will work for you. And remember, you will have plateaus where you feel that you can’t learn anymore. Don’t worry though, this is all part of the process of learning a new language. Keep on going and you’ll be able to do it.
To help you on your journey, here are our top 5 picks for learning Mandarin Chinese.
This book has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon and over 170 reviews. It uses stories to help you learn various Chinese characters. You actually get to learn the story method of learning Chinese characters. This method is not for everyone, but if you remember better with stories, then this one will help you. This book is actually pretty entertaining too.
With our #2 option, you get 3 coursebooks and 9 audio CDs. This also has a 4.5 out of 5 stars rating with over 100 reviews on Amazon. The CD lets you hear the words over and over again to help train your ear to the language.
With this flash card kit, you get 349 cards to learn 349 characters. You also get a CD so you can hear the words you are learning. Not only does it teach you the character, it also teaches you to the stroke order so you can write each character properly. These have over 130 reviews with a 4.5 out of 5 star rating on Amazon.
The Pimsleur method of learning a new language is world famous. Here you have the whole level 1 set with 16 CDs. It is rated 4 out 5 stars on Amazon. You get to listen to and learn conversational Chinese which is really useful when you want to have conversations with other Chinese people. In Chinese, as in some other languages, the spoken language is a bit different then what you read in newspapers and books. Conversational Chinese is less formal, but people understand it better in every day speech.
The last one on our list is actually a cheat sheet of sorts. You get 6 pages worth of useful information on Mandarin Chinese vocabulary. This is a handy tool to have when traveling in China and you need to learn how to say something. It is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.