How to speak Chinese fluently in no time

Discover how to speak Chinese fluently

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 a different 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 at 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 language experts have identified a major secret to speaking Chinese: listening to fluent speakers in natural settings.
  • • Our brains are wired to absorb information we hear, making listening an essential part of learning Chinese.
  • • During all of our lessons, you will hear natives speaking Chinese clearly, correctly, and in context.
  • • This approach will help you pick up the natural pronunciation of core Chinese words effortlessly.

Speaking Chinese

Speak Chinese fluently from day 1

Did you know that learning by doing is the most effective learning method? Practice Chinese a little bit every day and you’ll speak like a native forever! Start right now with these top 10 most common Chinese words and phrases pronounced by fluent Chinese speakers.

  1. 1. 你好。 = Hello.

    First impressions matter. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Learning as little as “hello” in Chinese can work wonders in your interactions with the natives. So here’s exactly how to pronounce it:


  2. 2. 你好吗? = How are you?

    The next polite thing to do is ask “how are you?”. Sometimes, you can even skip the hello and directly ask how things are going. Here’s how to pronounce it in Chinese:


  3. 3. 你叫什么名字? = What is your name?

    When you travel abroad, you usually make a lot of new friends. Whether we are talking about the nice stranger on the plane, your host, or the driver, here’s how to ask them what their name is:


  4. 4. 我很高兴见到你。 = Nice to meet you.

    The natives will always regard your attempt to speak their language as a sign of respect towards their culture. Another basic phrase you can use when making new friends is “nice to meet you”. Click and listen to how is it pronounced:


  5. 5. 请。 = Please.

    Manners are a must everywhere you go. And China makes no exception. Saying “please” the right way and at the right time will open many doors in your path. To pronounce it in Chinese, you simply say:


  6. 6. 谢谢你。 = Thank you.

    Mothers are the best thing that ever happened to us. Not only did they raise us, but they also taught us basic manners like saying “thank you” in the proper context. Following their example, here’s how to say “thank you” in Chinese:


  7. 7. 不用客气。 = You're welcome.

    It doesn't matter where you are in the world. Common sense translates the same in all languages. Here's how a person from Beijing would say “you’re welcome”:


  8. 8. 对不起, 打扰了! = Excuse me!

    We only need 7 seconds to make an impression that may last a lifetime. And sometimes, the only difference between a good impression and a bad one is just a simple “excuse me”. Listen to how it's pronounced in Chinese:

    对不起, 打扰了!

  9. 9. 这个多少钱? = How much does it cost?

    Shopping sprees are an essential part of every city break. The vacation isn’t over until you buy souvenirs for each member of your family. So here’s how to ask “how much does it cost?” in Chinese:


  10. 10. 再见。 = Goodbye.

    If you want to maintain the good first impression you managed to make with your flawless Chinese greetings and introductions, end the conversation by saying “goodbye” exactly like a native:


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Chinese conversations for perfect pronunciations

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, fluent 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 as a regular person would. No wonder millions of people around the world have already tried our Chatbot to learn how to speak Chinese.
Chinese conversation

Learning to speak Chinese in Virtual Reality

The great minds of our time consider Virtual Reality (VR) to be the future of education. Acknowledging the tremendous potential VR has, 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 on 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.
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Did you know?

Chinese landmark

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 landmark

Speaking Chinese has major benefits

Being able to speak with over 1 billion Chinese speakers

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.

Traveling to Chinese speaking countries gets way better

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.

Speaking Chinese can save your career

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.

Speaking Chinese makes you smarter

Studies indicate that being bilingual or a polyglot increases the grey matter in your brain. This means that speaking Chinese makes you smarter than you currently are. So, what are you waiting for?

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