Hi, I'm Adam Menon. I don't know about you, but when I first started learning Chinese, I struggled with it. I went through books, CDs, podcasts, anything I could find, but yet I wasn't making the progress I wanted, and I couldn't figure out why. Was I just that dumb?
That was when I realized that most of the learning materials were designed by native Chinese speakers.
This makes sense. But the problem is that they don't have the same learning issues that we English speakers do, as they learned it differently. That's why I designed Chinese Learn Online (CLO) to solve these sames issues. It's the Chinese course I wish I had from the start!
Chinese Learn Online uses a unique, progressive immersion audio system of teaching. What this means is that later lessons reuse the Chinese that was taught to you in earlier lessons, so you're constantly reviewing the new material.
In the earlier lessons, each new word is spoken slowly with the tones emphasized and taught to you. You are given space to repeat after the speaker, or come up with an answer on your own, before it's given to you. With time you'll find yourself being able to recognize the tones before they are given to you. And you'll find yourself being able to reproduce them more accurately.
I have been complimented many times, quite genuinely, on my good pronunciation. Not as a native speaker or speaking correct Mandarin all the time but generally being understood. That is a huge compliment after only 7 months.
I have a close Chinese friend who listened to some of the recordings on my IPod - she said go with CLO. She constantly remarks on my great accent which she says is always the biggest problem.
We don't stop here though. Each lesson also has a word for word transcript associated with it that you can follow along. If you're learning characters, you can try reading the transcript in Chinese first, before hearing the associated audio. If you ever get stuck, popup translations can get you back on track.
As you get used to it, later lessons speed up the Chinese you're hearing as your brain adapts to it.
You'll find Chinese being used throughout the lesson. But this is all Chinese that was taught to you before, so it will be mainly review.
Imagine being able to listen to an entire lesson, all in Chinese, and being able to understand every word being used. How would that make you feel?
After each lesson, you'll find several activities to test different aspects of the lessons.
Test your grammar ability to make sentences in the right order.
Test your understanding of the lesson's vocabulary and how it is used.
How quickly can you spot the character you hear?
Test yourself on the vocabulary from a range of lessons.
"I recently started using this site in addition to a few other programs (nulinu and Pleco) to try and learn Chinese without taking any classes. I am a native Russian speaker, and have previously learned to be fluent in English and decent in Spanish, but knew nothing of Chinese and was not sure I could manage to learn it without a traditional class. Fortunately, I think these audio lessons and online materials are exactly what I need to enable me to do it."
"I have found CLO to be very useful for me to learn Chinese. I started by going to some basic classes but since then I have been self taught. I have several beginners reading books and I had made progress learning characters but because I don't have access to other Chinese speakers for practice, it is hard to have a conversation. Finding CLO has made an enormous difference to my learning. I like being able to work at my own pace, it is great to be able to hear the spoken lessons and I really like the typing tests and exercises. Being able to get feedback on my answers is also a great plus point. The lessons progress at a good pace, fast enough to hold interest but not too fast that I have to keep repeating them. I am just starting level 2 and try to do at least one lesson each day. Overall I think CLO is very good value for money."
"I am 67 and have been studying Mandarin for a little over 2 years. Before this I was a mono-lingual American, who was never interested in leaning to speak another language. I take Mandarin classes in the US and China, but I find CLO provides the most effective method for helping me hear and understand, speak and read the language. I am currently HSK Level 2 certified, and am told I could easily pass Level 3. I believe the 'Progressive Teaching Method' used in CLO has been most effective in helping me advance in learning Mandarin. I would also add that Adam provides great support with language questions as well as on line and mp3 issues. I highly recommend CLO for anyone interested in an effective and fun method for learning Mandarin."
"I have been doing this CLO Chinese Course for around six months and very happy with it . Currently I only concentrate on reading simplified version ( Vocabulary , Complete , Podcast ) . Even though I did not have time to do exercises , tests , writing etc... I am still able to make good progress that does impress my Chinese friends. Unlike other Chinese courses , This one is very well structured, easy to follow and understand . It is very suitable for me and I am sure it will be for all other new learners as well . In comparison this CLO is the best so far."
"I have tried different methods from other website, and I believe that the chinese learn online courses are well structured. Also it is important the comprehension is not too easy or too hard. you would think that learning chinese is not fun, but these guys actually make it quite enjoyable because if you study a bit everyday (or almost) you will see your progress."