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Whether you just want to learn a few Chinese words and phrases, or you want to go further, we’ve got the answers to all your Chinese language questions! We're talking great tools, great tips, audio lessons, and the inside word on how to speak Chinese confidently and understand Chinese quickly and effectively...

Right here you‘ll find tons of Chinese language resources that will really help you learn Chinese. From understanding how Chinese grammar works, to a whole range of really helpful Chinese words and phrases, these fantastic Chinese lessons will make sure that you can get your point across when you're traveling in a Chinese speaking country.

First of All, Who am I?

Hello, my name’s Lin Ping, and I’m the host of Rocket Chinese. I come from the beautiful country of China, which means Chinese is my native language. That also means that I know just how hard it can be to learn a new language, because I’ve been there learning English. Together with my English speaking colleague, David, I want to help you to speak and understand Chinese while cutting your learning time in half.

I’ve travelled the world over and have found that languages are a great way to meet people and discover new things. I really want to make your Chinese learning experience rewarding and fun!

My goal, just like Rocket Languages’, is to help you reach your goal.

Why the Rocket Express Learning System®?

If you want to learn to express yourself a new language, and do it at express pace, then the Rocket Express Learning System is just what you need.

By combining three scientifically proven theories of learning, and taking advantage of advances in e-learning and technology, the team at Rocket Languages have a developed an effective way for you to speak and understand the language you've always loved, and retain it forever.

It begins with George A. Miller's idea of 'chunking', breaking down big difficult content into small easy parts.

Then there's Dr Stephen Krashen's theory that the best way to learn a language is in a low pressure environment with supportive native speakers who are prepared to give honest accurate feedback.

Finally, Neil Fleming found that there are four main ways that people learn:

  • Visually - they see it
  • Aurally - they hear it
  • Reading/Writing
  • Kinesthetically - they do it

When you combine these three complimentary theories with a team that is at the cutting edge of e-learning technology, you get a system that is guaranteed to have you speaking and understanding your new favorite language in no time at all.

How to Perfect Your Chinese Pronunciation with Rocket Record

You can sound like you ARE a native Chinese speaker when you use Rocket Record, the pronunciation tool from Rocket Chinese!

Here’s the transcript from one of our Interactive Audio Lessons:

Dave
Nǐ hǎoma?
你好吗
How are you?
Lin
Wǒ hěnhǎo。Xièxie。Nǐne?
我很好。谢谢。你呢?
I'm very good. Thanks. What about you?
Dave
Wǒ yě hěnhǎo。Xièxie。
我也很好。谢谢。
I'm also very good. Thanks.
Lin
Zàijiàn!
再见!
See you!
Dave
Zàijiàn!
再见!
Bye!

IMPORTANT! To get full functionality with Rocket Record voice comparison you need to become a member by either purchasing or signing up for the trial. Once you have done this you can download the Rocket Languages App and get full functionality!

Dave Nǐ hǎoma?
你好吗
How are you?
Lin Wǒ hěnhǎo。Xièxie。Nǐne?
我很好。谢谢。你呢?
I'm very good. Thanks. What about you?
Dave Wǒ yě hěnhǎo。Xièxie。
我也很好。谢谢。
I'm also very good. Thanks.
Lin Zàijiàn!
再见!
See you!
Dave Zàijiàn!
再见!
Bye!

Note the blue triangle icons beside each Chinese phrase. Just click the icon to access Rocket Record.

Rocket Record allows you to listen to the way native speakers say hundreds of Chinese words and phrases. Then you can record yourself and accurately compare your speech with that of the native speaker.

It really is a fantastic way to learn Chinese by increasing the amount of Chinese words and phrases you know, and at the same time massively improving your pronunciation and accent. Rocket Record is great for your confidence!

Virtually every Chinese word and phrase in these lessons uses our Rocket Record voice comparison technology to get your pronunciation sounding as close as possible to a native Chinese speaker.

Try out Rocket Record in these pronunciation lessons!

How to Understand Spoken Chinese with Testing

Most of our Chinese lessons take advantage of Testing, our exclusive testing tool. Testing has three testing components, Hear It Say It!, Write It!, and Know It! Plus the multi-choice Quiz.

1. Hear it Say it!

Training your ear for Chinese can be one of the things that Chinese learners find the hardest to master. That’s why we came up with Hear It Say It!

Here’s how Hear lt Say It! works. A randomly selected audio track from within each lesson is played. After listening to the track you’re prompted to record yourself saying the word, compare the way you say it to the Chinese speaker, and rate how well you understand what the speaker was saying. A very powerful tool to tune your ear to spoken Chinese!

Have a go with Hear It Say It! Here

2. Write it!

It's one thing being able to pronounce Chinese words correctly, it's quite another figuring out how those sounds turn into written words.

Write It! is the self-testing tool that lets you find out how well developed your Chinese ear really is. Just listen to the native speaker saying a word or phrase, then try to write it correctly in the space provided. There's a special character keyboard available if you need it, so you can get it exactly right.

When you're done click reveal, and you get to see how well you did, and get a rating for that word or phrase.

Test your writing skills with Write It! here:

3. Know it!

Now, all the training in the world won’t help you if someone is talking to you in Chinese and your mind freezes when it’s your turn to speak! That’s why we developed Know It! The self-testing tool that really puts you on the spot!

Know It! pulls randomly selected English words and phrases out of each lesson and prompts you to record yourself saying the Chinese translation, compare yourself to the Chinese speaker, and then rate how well you did! You really need to know your stuff for this one but the benefits are huge in maximizing how quickly you can come up with the right thing to say when someone is speaking Chinese to you!

For a real challenge try out Know It!:

Test out your Chinese skills with Testing in these lessons:

Learn Chinese Words

Now you know how to use Rocket Record and Testing you can start learning Chinese with some basic Chinese lessons.

These Chinese word lessons from Rocket Chinese will help you to learn tons of basic Chinese words and improve your Chinese pronunciation. We’ve also included some useful vocabulary lists to help you learn Chinese for real-world situations!

Try these popular lessons:

Learn Chinese Phrases

Once you’ve built up your vocabulary by learning some basic Chinese words, it’s time to move on to learning key Chinese phrases with some more of our Chinese lessons

Are you planning on traveling to a Chinese speaking country on vacation or business? Or perhaps you need to speak Chinese closer to home... Whatever the reason you can learn simple Chinese phrases for with these Chinese lessons from Rocket Chinese.

What comes next?

When you're ready to take your Chinese learning to the next level Rocket Chinese has just the right course for you:

You can hear the first Interactive Audio Lesson from Rocket Chinese Premium here:

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Take the next step on your learning journey today…

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