You can now learn Chinese on your phone with Duolingo

Duolingo, possibly the most popular language learning app for phones, has finally added Chinese to its list of languages, so you can start to learn the most spoken language on the planet.

Just do not expect to get fluent with just this one app: the Duolingo course is for beginners and it will teach you 1,000 Chinese characters and it promises to get you to an upper beginner level of fluency in both reading, writing, speaking and listening.

The app teaches simplified Chinese characters and uses the Beijing dialect, the most spoken version of Mandarin Chinese. It does not have the option to teach the more complex traditional Chinese characters (used in Taiwan), and it also will not teach Cantonese, the language that is spoken in Hong Kong.

Duolingo does a good job for beginners, but it definitely does not feel sufficient: it will be a great practice for those who have already signed up for a real language course and we love that Duolingo reminds you to spend some time learning the language every day, but you will definitely need more aids if you really want to get better in Chinese.

Popular apps for learning Chinese include the Pleco dictionary, which has detailed and very accurate translations, the Memrise application that also has a nice course in Chinese, as well as the ChineseSkill app that also does a great job at introducing you to the language. 

Duolingo is free to use and it does not hurt trying its Chinese course, and you can also take a look at other cool apps to learn Chinese below.

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Best Android and iPhone apps to learn Chinese

source: Duolingo



1. KeyserSoze

Posts: 387; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

Life is too short to waste valuable time learning primitive Chinese, the most asinine inefficient convoluted kraap language there is. This is the 21st century, isn't it about time these retards convert their idiotic caveman pictograms to alphabet characters already?

2. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Seems like you are incapable of learning or understand Chinese.

4. jacky899

Posts: 431; Member since: May 16, 2017

He is implying the whole world should learn Korean and worship his culture instead of crap chinese.

3. gotoAndDie

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2015

Too bad that's impossible. Chinese has too many homophones to make a phonetic alphabet usable; at best, Chinese can learn from English and throw in a bunch of alternate spellings for sounds based on etymology and meaning - at which point the only real difference from the current Chinese would be that Chinese puts the parts into a box, while English lays them out in a line. Oh, and ancient, primitive Chinese is probably one of the most efficient languages there are, in terms of length. It is convoluted though. Though honestly, if you think a convoluted language is bad, why are you still typing in English? At least type in Esperanto or something. Also available on Duolingo.

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