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Have you ever learned another language using an online course, and who was the course by?

Asked by poisonedantidote (21638points) September 30th, 2011

I am trying to learn Chinese Mandarin, and pinyin romanized writing. I have gone as far as I can go alone, I have done all the youtube videos, and have learned a couple more words from reading pinyin.

I have never used a online course to learn a language, I recently tried one but hate it. All the course consisted of was matching words to pictures over and over, and I generally did not like its style (by roseta stone).

Have you ever learned another language via a course or online course? who was it by? how did you rate it?

What company makes good language courses?

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Hibernate's avatar

Learned mandarin this way. [well I’m not that good at it but I know basics + a few more].
I don’t remember who was the course sponsored by not who wrote it. I just know I found it, I saved all the HTML and i believe i still have it lying on a dvd somewhere.

Mamradpivo's avatar

I have been learning Dutch and I found Rosetta Stone to be very useful for basics. However, Dutch shares an alphabet and a lot of sentence structure with English. I have no idea how it works for Mandarin, but I would definitely recommend it for European-based languages, if that’s any help.

dreamwolf's avatar

Rosetta is powerful but expensive… you know what they say… best way to learn the language is learn their culture! im sure you are doing that already though :P

garydale's avatar

LiveMocha is great and it is free. There are also others such as Busuu and Lingq but I am not sure they have Chinese though I do believe that Babbel does have Chinese. Then there are specialized ones that offer Chinese as well such as Nin Hao.

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