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Free Beginner's 'Introduction to Mandarin' Tutorial

Ready to Learn Chinese, but not sure where to start? Then you're in luck! Our free "Introduction to Mandarin Chinese" tutorial is going to give you a broad foundational grasp of the principles behind Mandarin Chinese, just as it's been doing for tens of thousands of other visitors since 1998.

In these pages we're going to answer some of the questions that beginning learners typically have...but that seldom get addressed by teachers or textbooks in elementary classes. Then, once you understand better how the Chinese language is "put together," you should be able to progress much faster in your language learning journey.

We strive to accomplish all this, however, in everyday language, not academese. We don't go into the granular details you might find in introductory linguistics courses, or the useless facts that might show up on pop quizzes. After all, you shouldn't need a Ph.D. in Linguistics just to begin learning a new language!

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Not sure our free tutorial will be worth your time? Then check out what some of our other visitors have said....
Wonderful site! I've just learnt more in an hour doing your language tutorial than I could ever expect in a year of classes. Will be back many times to explore more of the links and cultural elements. Many thanks.
- Christine Black, Australia
This site is great! I've been looking for something like it for a long time. I am hoping to regain my lost Mandarin skills, and this site makes it fun and easy. Thanks!
- Alexis, United States
After several years of having to put up with very confusing Chinese language books and tapes (some written in the Communist era!!) etc., it was a real godsend to find this site. Simple yet very precise and very well put together with knowledge and expertise of the beautiful language. I highly recommend this site to everyone.
- Graeme, United Kingdom
Great site! I've been reading the Introduction to Mandarin, and I found it very interesting. My respects for Mr. Baker, who really knows how to write, and how to keep one's interest up throughout the whole section. Not only is the writing interesting, but it also provides you with a great understanding of what the Chinese language is all about without tiring you out. I can't wait to explore the rest of the site!
- Salvador Venegas, Mexico
After teaching English here in China for 2 years and floundering around trying to learn Chinese from so many confusing textbooks, I stumbled upon your amazing website by accident, and everything became clear! Your explanations make it all seem so easy and simple, as only a truly great teacher can do.... Thank you, sir!
- Barbara, Teaching in China

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