We make Mandarin easier to Learn
Effective Chinese has been continuously innovating our web technology to give you the most effective learning experience possible.
We start with slides that are visually appealing and easy to understand. This way we engage your visual cortex and improve retention.
In addition to our visuals, the classroom experience involves:
- Making Mandarin fun and memorable, at a manageable pace
- Starting each class with pronunciation, ending with conversation
- Consistently engaging students in listening and speaking
Since 90 minutes per week is not enough to learn a language, we developed an arsenal of tools that can be used to grow and expand your skills between classes.
- Our online textbook features …
- A free printed version
Audio enhanced conversation tables Audio enhanced vocabulary tables Audio enhanced pinyin tables Built in recorder to check your own pronunciation
- In addition each lesson has
- Three types of quizzes
- Quizlet flashcards
- Writing practice sheets if you want to learn Chinese characters
- Bonus videos from other Mandarin teachers
Audio enhanced conversation table
Click on the Chinese character in the first column to hear the sentence.
|王||Nǐ shì lǎoshī ma？||你是老师吗？||Are you the teacher?|
|李||Bú shì。Wǒ bú shì lǎoshī。Wǒ shì xuésheng。||不是，我不是老师。我是学生。||No. I am not the teacher. I am a student.|
|王||Shéi shì lǎoshī？||谁是老师？||Who is the teacher?|
|李||Tā shì lǎoshī。Tā shì Zhāng lǎoshī。||她是老师，她是张老师。||She is the teacher. She is teacher Zhang.|
Built-in recorder widget
After listening to a sentence, try saying it to the recorder. Then compare your pronunciation with the voice model.[els-voice-recorder]
Audio enhanced vocabulary table
Use the vocabulary table to practice individual words. Click on the Chinese character in the first column.
|是||shì||am/is||Verb “to be”, but never used with adjectives|
|老师||lǎoshī||teacher||Noun or title depending on context|
|国||guó||country||Noun, often used as part of a country name|
Audio enhanced pinyin table
This table allows you to compare groups of similar sounding pinyin syllables to improve listening and speaking.[csv-pinyin headers=”|b|p|m|f|d|t|n|l|g|k|h|sounds
like”] a|a|ba|pa|ma|fa|da|ta|na|la|ga|ka|ha|!la o|wo|bo|po|mo|fo| | | | | | | |!whoa e|e| | |me| |de|te|ne|le|ge|ke|he|!mud i|yi|bi|pi|mi| |di|ti|ni|li| | | |!need u|wu|bu|pu|mu|fu|du|tu|nu|lu|gu|ku|hu|!food ü|yu|||||||nü|lü||||!few [/csv-pinyin]
Check out our 3 types of quizzes
Writing Practice Sheets
If you want to learn Chinese characters, you can download and printout these practice sheets. This is how all Chinese people learn to read … by writing first. The physical motion helps you wire the images into your brain.
We have included links and explanations for youtube videos posted by other Mandarin teachers around the world. Check out this example on counting in Mandarin from Fiona Tian