Chinese Learn Online - Progressive Mandarin Course

Chinese Learn Online - Progressive Mandarin Course


  •    Do you have trouble understand Chinese when it is spoken too fast?
  •    Are you always using the wrong tones, or forgetting which tone to use?
  •    Do you have trouble remembering vocabulary or learning characters?

If so, then read on, because this program is designed just for you!

Chinese Learn Online (CLO) was created in 2006 to tackle all the problems and frustrations that native English speakers have, trying to learn Chinese. It uses a unique, progressive audio system of teaching. What this means is that later lessons reuse the Chinese that was taught to you in earlier lessons, so you're constantly reviewing the new material.

In the earlier lessons, each new word is spoken slowly with the tones emphasized and taught to you. You are given space to repeat after the speaker, or come up with an answer on your own, before it's given to you. With time you'll find yourself being able to recognize the tones before they are given to you. And you'll find yourself being able to reproduce them more accurately.

See what a difference this approach has made to other students just like you.

I have been complimented many times, quite genuinely, on my good pronunciation. Not as a native speaker or speaking correct Mandarin all the time but generally being understood. That is a huge compliment after only 7 months.

I have a close Chinese friend who listened to some of the recordings on my IPod - she said go with CLO. She constantly remarks on my great accent which she says is always the biggest problem.



We don't stop here though. Each lesson also has a word for word transcript associated with it that you can follow along. Start with pinyin (English alphabet) or immerse yourself with Chinese characters (simplified or traditional) for the FULL experience. As the lessons get more challenging, if you ever get stuck, popup translations can get you back on track.


As you get used to it, later lessons speed up the Chinese you're hearing as your brain adapts to it.

You'll find Chinese being used throughout the lesson. But this is all Chinese that was taught to you before, so it will be mainly review.

Imagine being able to listen to an entire lesson, all in Chinese, and being able to understand every word being used. How would that make you feel?


The lesson content in CLO was specifically chosen to help you with day to day situations you might encounter in real life: How to order food, travel phrases, giving and receiving compliments, showing respect and much, much more.

Over the span of 7 levels of difficulty and 420 lessons, you will find yourself going from an absolute beginner, to being able to handle yourself in any situation.

Vocabulary that is introduced in a lesson, is later reused in multiple forms in later lessons, so you're constantly building up your confidence and really understanding how Chinese works!


If all you did was listen to the lessons and follow along with the transcripts, you would still be way ahead of others' use of outdated methods. But we don't stop there.

After each lesson, a set of activities is available for you to do online, that tests your understanding of the key elements from that lesson. These activities also review content from older lessons, so you can be sure you're keeping up overall. This also ensures that what you learn today won't be forgotten tomorrow.



Great teaching methods and great teachers, well worth the price

"I recently started using this site in addition to a few other programs (nulinu and Pleco) to try and learn Chinese without taking any classes. I am a native Russian speaker, and have previously learned to be fluent in English and decent in Spanish, but knew nothing of Chinese and was not sure I could manage to learn it without a traditional class. Fortunately, I think these audio lessons and online materials are exactly what I need to enable me to do it."

Andrey Kurenkov

College Student, Atlanta, United States

Very useful site

"I have found CLO to be very useful for me to learn Chinese. I started by going to some basic classes but since then I have been self taught. I have several beginners reading books and I had made progress learning characters but because I don't have access to other Chinese speakers for practice, it is hard to have a conversation. Finding CLO has made an enormous difference to my learning. I like being able to work at my own pace, it is great to be able to hear the spoken lessons and I really like the typing tests and exercises. Being able to get feedback on my answers is also a great plus point. The lessons progress at a good pace, fast enough to hold interest but not too fast that I have to keep repeating them. I am just starting level 2 and try to do at least one lesson each day. Overall I think CLO is very good value for money."

Lyn Randall

Artist, Wamboin, Australia

Great Language Learning Method

"I am 67 and have been studying Mandarin for a little over 2 years. Before this I was a mono-lingual American, who was never interested in leaning to speak another language. I take Mandarin classes in the US and China, but I find CLO provides the most effective method for helping me hear and understand, speak and read the language. I am currently HSK Level 2 certified, and am told I could easily pass Level 3. I believe the 'Progressive Teaching Method' used in CLO has been most effective in helping me advance in learning Mandarin. I would also add that Adam provides great support with language questions as well as on line and mp3 issues. I highly recommend CLO for anyone interested in an effective and fun method for learning Mandarin."

Ben Gilbert

Engineer, Raleigh/Shanghai, US/China

Excellent CLO course

"I have been doing this CLO Chinese Course for around six months and very happy with it . Currently I only concentrate on reading simplified version ( Vocabulary , Complete , Podcast ) . Even though I did not have time to do exercises , tests , writing etc... I am still able to make good progress that does impress my Chinese friends. Unlike other Chinese courses , This one is very well structured, easy to follow and understand . It is very suitable for me and I am sure it will be for all other new learners as well . In comparison this CLO is the best so far."




"I have tried different methods from other website, and I believe that the chinese learn online courses are well structured. Also it is important the comprehension is not too easy or too hard. you would think that learning chinese is not fun, but these guys actually make it quite enjoyable because if you study a bit everyday (or almost) you will see your progress."

Cyrille ERIEAU

Project manager, Hangzhou, France

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