Chinese Learn Online - Progressive Mandarin Course

Learn Mandarin Chinese in just 20 minutes a day

Go from "absolute beginner" to intermediate fluency with our Unique Step-by-Step Online Course.

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Congratulations on wanting to learn Mandarin Chinese. With over a billion speakers world wide, it is far and away the most popular language in the world. Being able to speak Chinese will provide you with more opportunities for business, cultural exchanges or general interaction with other Mandarin speakers out there.

Chinese Learn Online (CLO) is an online course that was designed to take native English speakers from knowing zero Chinese whatsoever towards intermediate fluency. The course is progressive - it builds upon what you learn - so you'll remember what was taught.

There are 7 levels of difficulty. Level 1 teaches you the basics - how to introduce yourself, count, bargain and have simple conversations.

By the time you reach level 7, you'll be able to use high level vocabulary to describe complex situations. And you'll have perfect pronunciation doing so!

For each lesson, do the following:

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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.

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There are a two main challenges that new learners have, when it comes to learning Mandarin Chinese:

1. Tones: Unlike English, Chinese is a tonal language. This means if you say the right word but with the wrong tone, you can be easily misunderstood.

CLO gets your brain used to these tones by providing you with a LOT of material to listen to.


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 have complete, in depth conversations with Chinese people - using their native language - and being able to understand everything they say, and more importantly have them understand you back!

We slowly replace the English used in lessons with Chinese that was taught before. This gets your brain used to hearing Chinese. Later lessons are conducted mainly in Chinese, that was taught earlier. If it ever gets too difficult, review earlier levels to get back on track.

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2. Characters

Do Chinese characters scare you? After all, there are thousands of characters out there - however will you learn them all?

CLO solves this problem in two ways.

If you find it overwhelming, then just focus on listening and understanding. All the transcripts and exercises can be done in pinyin (writing out the Chinese using the English alphabet). You can always go back and redo the course using characters when you're ready for it.

Ready to get into characters now? Then choose between simplified or traditional characters (the course fully supports both). As the course goes from easy to more difficult, so will the number of characters.

Flashcards and other exercises are provided with each lesson to test your understanding of the characters learned so far.


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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