a year ago

I want to learn Mandarin. What's the best way/tool to start with?

Are there any apps which make it easy to learn Mandarin. And what learning methodology should I follow?
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I used the Hello Chinese App (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hellochinese) to learn vocab, reading writing. Its got a good way to learn the words, review, and it really helps you be fluid in your thinking when using the language.

Otherwise, hellochat is perfect for practice. I used these for 6 months before coming to china, and after that is was so easy to keep picking up the language organically.

Also pleco for looking up characters and stroke order.

The best program for Learning Mandarin. Once you’ve used it for a while you’ll know why. It’s an SRS Flashcards program and it just does everything right:

  • Fairly easy to get started.
  • Completely customisable and very powerful for more advanced users.
  • Free.
  • Open source.
  • Multi-platform (I use it on Android).
  • Syncs between devices.
  • Easy to import and export data.
  • Large community.

I would recommend to try Learn Chinese Free - ChineseSkill app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.chineseskill)

  1. Major of the content is completely free
  2. Game based curriculum, multiple test modes
  3. Offline learning supported
  4. Competing with friends, thus making the learning more addictive and fun
It would be a good start off to buy a Mandarin-English Dictionary first as it will be easier to learn from those apps if you can pick up the basic words or phrases.Try reading those out aloud so you can have a hang out of it. Usually when learning Mandarin, you first study how to read characters and how it is pronounced properly (since a slight difference in the tone can mean a different word). I gotta say you have to reserve your patience as it will be difficult for first timers but you'll get a hang of it soon.

Ps. it'll be a lot easier to take classes than to study alone using some app because your teacher can guide you with how reading, writing, and speaking should be in Mandarin.
Try to download the app lingodeer. You can learn Korean, Japanese, and Mandarin. I've learned Korean through that app.
Best way to search some apps that translate with your language into mandarin.
I know some of mandarin words and I can converse with short one. I learn from hearing it because I work attleast in Macau for 2 years
You should probably try Duolingo
its a really great app and very easy to learn and use.
Theres a ton of application for you to learn mandarin..dont try to find chinese and ask to teach you as they are worst in speaking other language.
I recommend Hello Chinese App. You can search that in Google play store
Best way to start.