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你好吗?
How are you?
(nee-hau-mah?)

In Mandarin Chinese,
"How are you" literally
translates to "You good?"

With more than a billion people speaking Chinese (with a majority of those in Mandarin) it should come as little surprise that Chinese remains the native language for 1/5 of the world's population -- or the most widely spoken language on the planet.

And, while Chinese may be the most popular language in terms of sheer numbers, it is certainly not the easiest to learn!

This is especially true for Westerners who are faced with absorbing at least 5,000 characters of Chinese -- often strange looking pictographs -- before they can achieve even normal literacy.

Still in the mood for Chinese?

Take the tour online to top resources offering an easy introduction to beginner Chinese, along with interactive learning tools, audio courses, and more on basic travel phrases ...

More about learning Chinese around the Web:

Learn Chinese - Clear and Easy Mandarin Lessons - A good intro for travelers in 15 chapters covering typical conversational Chinese with audio pronunciation guide. Includes a searchable English Chinese dictionary.

BBC Languages - Learn Chinese - Introduction to Mandarin in ten audio-video chapters covering greetings, getting around, finding a hotel, restaurant ordering, shopping and more with related resources

Learn Chinese - Free online mandarin audio courses - 40 online lessons in mp3 & text format including reading, speaking, writing, vocabulary, grammar, calligraphy, examples and exercises. Surf around for more on writing Chinese characters, an online phrase book, and related resources.

Learn Chinese Characters - Extensive intro to Chinese characters and pronunciation, although hard slogging through the site's frames navigation. Also includes English-Chinese dictionary, annotated practice readings, related resources.

Mandarin Chinese: Vocabulary Guide - Move your cursor over words, pictures or numbers to hear clear Chinese audio pronunciations.

 


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