By Popup Chinese
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Fresh from Beijing, PopupChinese teaches Chinese as it is actually spoken. Start with our basic Chinese lessons, and in no time you'll be speaking like a Beijinger. Our free daily podcasts, vibrant community, and love for the real China make us the most powerful and personal way to learn mandarin.
Best Chinese Podcasts Out There
If you're looking for elementary to advanced Chinese lessons like I was, Popup Chinese is great. Their shows are fresh because they play around with lesson formats and have really genuine conversations and skits instead of boring lessons and canned dialogue. I also like the way their teachers actually speak standard Beijing mandarin instead of just pretending to. The onsite HSK stuff is great too. Only problem is that you can't access their tests through iTunes. Given the competition, I'm willing to overlook some of audio level problems in their earlier stuff to give them a five star recommendation. Keep it up!
You'll learn AND have fun
At first glance, learning Chinese can be a very daunting task. For starters, being a tonal language is enough to scare away a westerner like me. This podcast quickly changed my mind. It covers material that "absolute beginners" like me understand and has more advanced lessons for those already initiated. Film Friday is also a neat installment that I look forward to hearing every week. This podcast is also very easy to listen to, unlike the more dry and stiff resources. The hosts bring a light atmosphere to the while still maintaining the academic quality you expect from paid lessons.
A must for anyone wanting to learn chinese
If someone told me last week that learning chinese was easy, i would think that they were crazy. But it's true, after listening to the beginners podcast, i already have a grasp on the language. They teach it very well and anyone can easily pick it up if they pay attention. I wish there were podcasts like this for every language.