The verbal component of language is very important. With language instruction podcasts, you can improve you pronunciation and boost listening comprehension skills.
Here are 5 reasons to use podcasts for learning Chinese languages:
- Podcasts are more likely to addresses your niche interests than a textbook.
- Podcasts are mobile and portable. You can download a podcast to your mp3 player and enjoys all the benefits of its functionality.
- You can listen to Chinese podcasts when jogging, travelling, commuting – actually, anytime, anywhere!
- Podcasts are often free. There is vast majority of podcasts for Mandarin learners. Some are completely free. Others offer a great amount of free stuff.
- Podcasts are just trendy.
5 Best Mandarin Chinese Podcasts:
Melnyks Chinese provides 250+ easy-to-follow lessons in Mandarin. Each lesson in this podcast has a topic. The content is very relevant. There are many useful words and phrases to learn. Melnyks Chinese is one of the most overwhelming learning courses but don’t expect a lively dialogue.
This may either be an advantage or a disadvantage depending on your studying goals and personality.
Unfortunately, full explanations and grammar notes are not available in the audio lessons. To read them, you need to download a transcript.
Learn Chinese Online
The problems with above podcast can be solved by Chineselearnonline. This podcast’s interface is very user-friendly. You can listen to the record and look through transcript at the same time. You can even choose between pinyin, traditional and simplified characters. This feature, as well as “Review vocabulary” and other learning activities, makes CLO really valuable and helpful.
I also like that they gradually increase the amount of Chinese speech in their podcast lessons (depending on your level). For beginners and elementary students almost everything is explained in English. Intermediate and advanced students have a great opportunity to test their comprehension skills by listening great amount of Mandarin content.
Chineseclass101 is another example of a well-structured podcast Mandarin course. The number of lessons is pretty big. They also have a flexible policy of access to their new podcasts, e. g., all newly published lessons are free for 3 weeks!
CLO and Chineseclass101 are a good choice by all means but there is also Chinesepod which has even more interactive exercises for learning new words and phrases. Podcast lessons are sometimes quite short, especially in comparison with CLO and Melnyks Chinese. However, they contain the most up-to-date lexical items. Grammar tips, dialogues, discussion summary and multiple exercises are integrated in the interface so it is very easy-to-browse.
In ChinesePod the amount of Mandarin speech in each lesson is increased step-by-step. Even lessons for Upper-Intermediate students have some explanations in English which is quite helpful! Advanced students may enjoy Mandarin-only podcast lessons.
Finally, there is an amazing podcast called Popupchinese. Here you can not only learn the language but also learn more about current political situations, social problems and other news from China. The discussions are vivid and lively (credit trisha). However, you may find lack of interactive exercises and lesson transcripts.
There are my Top 5 Chinese Learning Podcasts. Do you have any other recommendations? Share your experiences with us!