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Withmore than 1.1 billion speakers, Mandarin is the most common language in the world. Cantonese has around 55 million speakers. Both languages are written using the same characters, but very different when spoken aloud.

The best way to learn Chinese (or any other language!) is from multiple sources, whether its classes, reading a textbook, reading books written with beginners in mind, or listening to podcasts. Thats why we have put together a collection of many of the best materials for learning Chinese in theChinese Tutor Store.

ExampleSimplified CharactersTraditional Characters

There are two main Chinese languages,

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Simplified characters are easier and faster to read & write. They are the result of an effort by the Chinese government to improve literacy in China. Simplified and traditional characters are usually very similar. For many words, simplified and traditional characters are actually the same.

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When represented by Pinyin, each sound in the Chinese language is made up of three parts:initials,finals, andtones. Initials are the first part of a Chinese sound, and finals are the end part of a sound. Tone marks are drawn above letters when words are written with Pinyin.

Example: i, the word for love in Chinese.

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Unlike letters of the alphabet in English, Chinese characters generally dont convey how they should sound when spoken. For that, there is the romanized pronunciation system known asPinyin. Aside from representing the way Mandarin is pronounced, Pinyin is also the main way of typing Chinese.

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Listed below are some of the first words you will learn using Chinese Tutors flashcards. Try listening to each of them and repeating what you hear. Also note the similarities and differences between the simplified and traditional characters.

This page will help you get started with learning Mandarin Chinese as quickly as possible.

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One textbook we recommend in particular is theIntegrated Chinesebook, which many universities also use.

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Only the first 60 words are pronounced aloud.

Only the first 60 words are pronounced aloud.

There are two sets of characters (also known as hnz, or ) used for written Chinese. They are known assimplified charactersandtraditional characters. The pronunciation of words is the same regardless of which set of characters is used.

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