Most high school or regular Chinese courses start by teaching you dull grammar rules and complex language notions. There has to be a better way! We, at Mondly - the language app loved by millions of people worldwide, take an opposite approach. Our language experts care deeply about your ability to have real conversations in Chinese as fast as possible. That's why, rather than bombarding you with complex notions in the beginning of your course, we start by involving you in a real conversation. Through this approach, you will be able to have your first Chinese conversation after only 5 minutes of using our app. Encouraging, right?
Our linguists have also identified one of the major secrets of how to speak Chinese: listening to native speakers in a natural setting. Because our brain is wired to absorb the information we hear, our experts made listening an essential part of learning Chinese. As a result, during all our lessons you will hear natives speak in Chinese clearly, correctly and in context. This way, you will pick up the natural Chinese pronunciation of core words effortlessly.
The most important part of learning Chinese is getting a chance to practice what you learned by speaking the language. Otherwise, it’s all lost, like most of what we’ve learned in school. That’s exactly why our language experts have included Chinese speaking exercises in every lesson. No need to find a Chinese friend to help you rehearse. No need to go to a Chinese speaking country. How can this be possible? We have created a high-tech computer program you can use to have a smart conversation with (really!). We call it the Mondly Chatbot. Sit back and it engages in a conversation with you using a friendly, native Chinese voice. Don’t be shy: respond to its questions or even ask it one. Like magic, it will understand what you are saying and respond like a regular person would. No wonder millions of people around the world have already tried our Chatbot to learn how to speak Chinese.
The great minds of our time consider Virtual Reality (VR) to be the future of technology. Acknowledging the tremendous potential of this technology, we worked with our world class linguists to shape the future of language learning through Virtual Reality.
Meet Mondly VR, the first virtual reality application that helps you learn to speak Chinese. Put your VR headset on and feel immersed in a world of languages. Order some sweet and sour chicken in a restaurant in Shanghai, have an exciting Chinese conversation in a train going to Beijing or check into a hotel in Hong Kong. It’s the closest thing to being there and that’s exactly what makes it so effective in learning Chinese.
Remember that deer in the headlights feeling when someone asks you a question and you desperately dig through your memory trying to figure out what to say in response? In VR, you learn how to speak Chinese by practicing the same situations in the comfort of your own home. Practice as many times as you like in a safe environment and get instant feedback until you get it right. As a result, you’ll gain the confidence to apply what you have learned in the real world. Ultimately, Mondly is all about teaching you how to speak Chinese so you can have real life conversations with natives. No doubt about it, Mondly VR supercharges your learning and makes learning to speak Chinese extremely effective.
Over 20% of the world’s population speaks a form of Chinese. That’s right! Around 1.4 billion people speak one of the Chinese dialects as a first or second language. There are a handful of Chinese dialects being spoken especially in different parts of China. The most popular is Mandarin Chinese with around 900 million speakers worldwide, followed by Wu with 77 million speakers, Yue with 71 million speakers and several smaller dialects such as Jin, Hui, Gan, Min, Hakka and Ping. Chinese is also spoken in communities all around the world, from New York to London to Brazil. The most popular Chinese dialect spoken abroad is Cantonese which is a variant of Yue Chinese.
What’s extremely important to know when you speak Mandarin Chinese is that there are 4 different tones: flat, rising, falling, rising and falling. Fortunately, the 4 tones are easily learned in Pinyin, the version of Chinese that uses roman characters. The rising tone is represented by an upward sign above a letter(á), the flat one by a horizontal line(ā), the falling tone by a downward sign(à) and the rising and falling tone by an upward and downward sign(ǎ). There is also a neutral tone which means there is no tone or sign on a letter(a).
Tones matter because phrases with a falling tone might mean a thing and one with a rising and falling tone might mean a totally different thing. For example, “wǒ xiǎng wèn nǐ” (我想问你) means “I want to ask you something” while the very similar “wǒ xiǎng wěn nǐ” (我想吻你) means “I want to kiss you”.
Chinese is the most spoken language worldwide, so you'll definitely have a lot to gain by learning conversational Chinese. For example, you'll be able to interact with people anytime you visit China, Hong Kong or Taiwan.
Wherever you plan to travel to China, Hong Kong or Taiwan, speaking Chinese will enhance your experience significantly. You will be able to experience Chinese speaking countries like a native and have an authentic experience in the process.
Being able to speak Chinese increases your employability significantly and makes you stand out from the crowd. This means that you will have better chances of getting a well paid job in the first place, better chances of getting promoted or getting a better job in a Chinese speaking country.
Studies indicate that being bilingual or a polyglot increase the grey matter in your brain. This means that speaking Chinese makes you smarter than you currently are. So, what are you waiting for?
"The drag-and-drop and visuals make it a lot more fun and easy than just reading flashcards."
"Mondly uses games and gestures to help you learn new languages."
"On Mondly, users can interact using both text input or speech."
"Mondly encourages its users to practice in everyday scenarios, such as ordering food and drinks in a restaurant."