- We love the free resources on the Internet - and we have a lot of videos there ourselves! But it is extraordinarily difficult to learn Chinese by putting together your own curriculum… especially relying on free content. That’s like trying to build a house with a couple blueprints you downloaded and some YouTube videos.
Free resources are there to get you interested in studying Chinese, but when you decide to commit to really learning the language, you need a structured program that builds up your grammar and vocabulary in the right order.
Trying to teach yourself Mandarin by pulling together whatever free videos and resources you can find leads to one result: you get frustrated, lose motivation, and quit. Don’t make the same mistake!
- We recommend you start by checking out the free lessons at the start of the Beginner Conversational Course. You’ll start speaking, understanding, and reading Chinese right away, and also experience going through the lessons, reviews, and quizzes, so you can decide if like learning Chinese with us.
You can also check out the first few units of our other courses for free. If you’re not a beginner, take a look at our Intermediate and Upper Intermediate Conversational Courses, our Chinese Character Courses and our Character Reader Course. Our support team can help you find the best place in our program to start!
You should also check out our interactive pinyin chart with audio and video demonstrations of every sound in Mandarin, and our blog pages, which are full of valuable language and cultural insights… all for free!
- Know zero Mandarin? Start with our Beginner Conversational Course. It will take you up to basic conversational fluency with HSK2 equivalence in 6 months. Even if you’ve studied a little bit, this course will make sure you have a solid foundation going forward.
Are your Mandarin skills are a little more advanced? Check out our Intermediate Conversational Course. Try Level 1 and if you aren’t able to understand at least 80% of the first lesson, try heading back to Beginner, but starting in the middle at Level 2 or 3.
Or maybe you’re looking to study Chinese characters specifically. If so, try our first Chinese Character Course. It covers the most common 300 characters, which combine to form 64% of all written Mandarin.
Once you know what you want, you can purchase the full course or purchase level-by-level as you go. There are built in discounts for purchasing more content, so it's a better deal to buy the full course, and the best deals are our course bundles.
- Talk to us! Send us a message through the chat box on the website, or an email to “email@example.com” within 7 days of your purchase and we’ll take care of you.
- You can ask us questions any time. Under every video lesson, you can post your question in the comments section. The Yoyo Chinese team will respond to your question within 24 hours. It's really like 1-on-1 personal coaching! You can also send us a message through the chat box on the website, or an email to “firstname.lastname@example.org” and we’ll take care of you.
- 1. Simplified characters are more widely used. All of mainland China and Singapore use simplified characters, whereas traditional characters are still only in use in Hong Kong and Taiwan. This means that simplified characters are used by millions upon millions of more people than traditional characters. Because of this learning simplified characters is a much more practical choice for a language learner looking to communicate with Chinese people.
2. Simplified characters are easier to learn. The original reason for adopting simplified characters in the 1950s was to help improve literacy across China. And it worked! Simplified characters generally contain less strokes than traditional characters and are therefore less complicated, making them easier to read and write for both native speakers and language learners like yourself.
- Yes they are! We've recently updated Yoyo Chinese to be even more accessible from within China! So if you find yourself on the inside of the 'Great Firewall' - whether because you're an expat in China or just visiting - you'll notice our videos load at a much faster pace, all without the help of a VPN.
- Our videos are not downloadable. However, our other course materials (audio reviews, dialogue replay, lecture notes, and more) are downloadable, so you can review them when you’re offline anytime.