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Free Course - Basic Chinese ABC for ZERO Beginners @ Udemy


★ 3.8 (21 ratings) 8,244 students enrolled. (2018-07-18)

What you'll learn

  • Understand the only language without alphabets
  • know Chinese language structure, why there are many callings.
  • know the basic grammars (Chinese language is straight forward, you can see there are minimum rules of grammar or NO grammar in Certain Senses)
  • know basic rules of how the Characters are created
  • know basic 7 rules of how the Characters are written
  • speak out 100 sentences covering 10 topics, your survival guidance in China
  • know the right path for your further study, better with us, of course
  • know the Pinyin (Pronunciation System, Spell Sound literally)

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  • +17 votes

    chinese is really tough to learn man

    unless youre chinese

    • Korean is harder. Easy to read and write but grammatically one of the most challenging languages to learn.

      • Nope. Chinese is way harder.

      • I find both Korean Chinese challenging. Korean is easier writing but grammar sooo complicated and there are soooo many ways to say one sentence by changing the verbs depending on the relationship with this person, your intention etc.
        Chinese grammar is simple but writing and tones are frustrating. Getting one tone wrong they don't understand. You also need to know about 5k letters to be able to read some articles in Chinese with no issue.

        I stopped learning a language now. It's good fun but life is too short.

      • +3 votes

        Is Korean tonal?

        Tonal languages are, by definition, harder. Many people who didn’t grow up with tonal language skills simply will never be able to hear the differences between tones.

        I spent more than a year doing Chinese classes and gave up because I’m tone deaf. When you literally can’t hear the difference between tones even after hundreds of hours of practice, then you’re not going to succeed.

        • I relate to this on so many levels… Didn't pick up Chinese as a kid and trying to learn it as an adult is almost impossible because I can't differentiate the 4 tones either no matter how many times I listen to it… Thought I was the only one with this problem!

          • @Encipher: I can somewhat differentiate the tones, but not in a consistent way. I couldn't imagine even trying to learn Cantonese with its 6–7 tones depending on dialect!

          • +1 vote

            @Encipher: I used “tone drill” software to try to help.

            I put in a few hundred hours, and could barely get better than 50% correct. When there’s a one in four probability of getting it right by chance, that’s not great.

            • @DisabledUser77742: I was trying to learn it from Youtube. Admittedly hadn't put in hundreds of hours though.

              To this day, still can't differentiate when someone says "fried egg" (Jiān dàn) and "easy" (Jiǎn dān). However, once I built a small vocabulary of words, I found it more effective to rely on the words context in a sentence when I hear familiar terms. Except now I either understand the whole conversation topic or nothing makes sense lol

              What tone drill software did you use?


                @Encipher: This was more than 10 years ago, so I don’t recall the software, and it may well not exist anymore.

                I can somewhat understand the meaning of sentences, picking out words and establishing context, but after more than a year of studying every single day, I pretty much plateaued at that level, and the total failure to recognise tones was mostly to blame.

        • agree tonal languages are a pain to learn, by the way the Vietnamese language is way more tonal but it uses ABC alphabet so it's easier to learn.

        • Tonal language kids are more likely to develop perfect pitch, apparently.

    • Surely sentences such as " Where John had "had "had had"", Mary had had "had had had"." are easy to translate?

    • -2 votes

      Not tougher than English for Chinese. :P

    • Chinese kids take years longer to master written language than kids learning alphabets.

      I'd ideally like to learn Chinese Mandarin, but this puts me right off. English native speaker here, I did study Thai for a while, a language with many spoken features similar to common Chinese languages (relatively speaking), speaking is fine, but at least it had an alphabet.

  • Learn to speak 50 sentences in 90 minutes? Not even a Chinese child can learn that fast, unless you count trivial word substitutions as forming a new sentence.

  • thought the deal read "Basic Chinese for ABC" (aus born chinese) for a sec

  • Friends, I'm suprised they don't list that it's Mandarin you'll be learning, as there's no one Chinese language.

    • Mandarin is a dialect of Chinese. The Chinese language encompasses many dialects and regional variants. It is one language insofar as the written text is universally legible (until the communist "simplified" many characters) and the grammar standardised. The dialects however vary widely.

    • One language lots of different dialects. It’s still chinese mate. What about Arabic? Is there many different dialects or is there many Arabic languages?

      • Friend, the difference is arabic dialects are for the most part mutually intelligible, just like english. Cantonese and Mandarin are not mutually intelligible. While there are similar dialects like cantonese to hakka, theres only a half way overlap.
        If I was learning arabic I'd be fine with Eyptian, gulf or levantine as its close enough. If I was learning chinese and learned cantonese, then I wouldnt be fine.

        Fair enough on the dialect, bad wording on my behalf.

        • Some regional English dialects are unintelligible and require subtitling and interpretating.

          Pronunciations in Chinese dialects vary widely but they shift mostly according to patterns. The shifts accumulate and produce the big difference you hear between the northern Mandarin and the southern Cantonese.

          Cantonese to Mandarin is easier than Mandarin to Cantonese. Mandarin lost half its tones and many consonants over time

      • I think what constitutes a language and a dialect is one of those debates that goes around in circles. That's why people usually make the joke that "a language is a dialect with an army and a navy.”

    • It's not mandarin. It's more like Beijingese ( dialect of Chinese, people from Beijing ).
      because "哪儿" only exists in Beijingese, in Mandarin, we only say "哪里"

  • Thanks for this.

  • It is better to find a Chinese partner to learn the language.

  • Where is Brian?

  • I,for one, welcome our new Chinese speaking overlords.

    As a experienced OZBer I can help them find the best baby formula and buy expensive cars.

  • I love to have this deal

  • 谢谢您🙏

  • Thanks.. just realised I already registered yesterday from here.. https://freebiesglobal.com/basic-chinese-abc-for-zero-beginn...

  • Thank you

  • Doh mahhhh

  • the only language without alphabets


  • Nooooo, English is much harder, if you remember some Chinese characters, you can composite words, phrase, and sentences.
    But every single English word is different!
    You only need 3000ish Chinese characters for daily use, but you need 8000+ for English

  • “喜欢上一个人” This single sentence can possibly represent four totally different meanings in english.

    Those are translated as:
    1. Like someone (be fond of someone).
    2. Like to fxxk someone.
    3. Like the last one (the one in the previous relationship).
    4. Like to be alone (solitary).

  • "I'm from the future. You should go to China."

  • Just speaking Chinese is the pretty simple one as there is much fewer Honorifics (respectly speaking) in japanese/Korea, no tense (meaning no -ed -ing and all irregular verbs)in English, no grammar gender in French, no multi verb conjugation as in Russian, no Grammatical case (he/him she/her are all the same whether normative or accusative). Plus same sentense structure as English (Subject–Verb–Object) and easier word memory, e.g. pork lamb/mutton beef veal are pronouced as pig meat, sheep meat, cattle meat and little cattle meat in chinese.

    However if you step further into writing, a totally different senario where you'd face world most difficult system, same or more difficult than arabic and thai language

    • "pork lamb/mutton beef veal are pronouced as pig meat, sheep meat,"
      <Ahem> They are in French as well, which our rulers and betters spoke, as in mouton, [ram] bœuf [ox], porc [guess:-p]…

  • Pretty sure AbC is not part of Chinese

  • Y'all gon' learn Chinese.



    “know the basic grammars (Chinese language is straight forward, you can see there are minimum rules of grammar or NO grammar in Certain Senses)”

    Wow. Someone needs to learn English grammar.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8iKZEra5I0
    Ioannis Ikonomou works for the European Commission as a translator. It's a prestigious position, and yet it still sells him short. You see, Ioannis speaks 32 living languages. He belongs to a very small and special group of people called hyperpolyglots who have the extraordinary ability to attain fluency in many different tongues. According to Ioannis, there's no special trick or easy way to become a hyperpolyglot, but the best way to start is to boldly put yourself out there and SPEAK.

    According to him. Mandarin is the hardest.

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