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"Learn Chinese quickly and effectively with our successful tried and tested learning methods – in only 17 minutes per day"

 
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Our course is unique and different!
  • Learn a new language with just 17 minutes of study per day.
  • In a matter of only three months you will have learned a wide-ranging and useful number of words.
  • After just three months you will have gained a broad understanding of the language.
    You will be able to build sentences and speak Chinese.
  • This course offers a number of different learning methods, giving you the opportunity to choose what works best for you.
    Fun and easy with manageable and attainable goals, the way learning a new language should be.
  • With this beginner's course you will have reached the A1 and A2 levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
  • You learn quickly and efficiently.
    The program provides you with new and practical exercises every day to keep you motivated.
  • This course does not have to be installed.
    It is very user friendly and .
  • Our language courses are equipped with 'super-learning technology'.
    With the new super-learning technology you can concentrate better and learn on average 32% faster.

 

The most important words in Chinese:



Hello!
Hello!
你好
Nǐhǎo!
yeah
yeah
shì
no
no
thanks
thanks
谢谢
xièxie
Excuse me, ...
Excuse me, ...
对不起
Duìbùqǐ.
one
one
two
two
èr
three
three
sān
four
four
five
five
six
six
liù
seven
seven
eight
eight
nine
nine
jiǔ
ten
ten
shí
How much?
How much?
多少
duōshǎo
name
name
姓名
xìngmíng
Good morning!
Good morning!
早上好
Zǎoshànghǎo.
Good evening!
Good evening!
晚上好
Wǎnshànghǎo.
above
above
上面的
shàngmiàn de
under
under
下面的
xiàmiàn de
young
young
年轻的
niánqīng dē
old
old
老的
lǎo de
eleven
eleven
十一
shíyī
twelve
twelve
十二
shíèr
thirteen
thirteen
十三
shísān
fourteen
fourteen
十四
shísì
fifteen
fifteen
十五
shíwǔ
sixteen
sixteen
十六
shíliù
seventeen
seventeen
十七
shíqī
eighteen
eighteen
十八
shíbā
nineteen
nineteen
十九
shíjiǔ
twenty
twenty
二十
èrshí
Goodbye!
Goodbye!
再见
Zàijiàn.
money
money
qián
 
Unique learning methods from 17 Minute Languages:

With 17 Minute Languages' unique long term memory learning method, you can learn Chinese in no time.
You will be amazed at how quickly you will be able to hold a fluent conversation.
 
The daily exercises in this program are designed to motivate:
You have access to a diverse selection of exercises every day.
 
You will have plenty of support:
Visit the 17 Minute Languages learning community for friendly advice and interaction.
You will find an excellent forum related to your language course:
You can receive and offer support to other learners and perhaps make new friends while your at it.
 
The Chinese Beginner's Course comprises:

  • At the end of the Chinese Beginner's Course, you will have a basic vocabulary of over 1300 words.
  • You learn how to use these words in complete sentences with the help of the many dialogues, texts and phrases designed for this purpose.
  • All of the vocabulary and texts have been recorded by a Chinese native speakers.
    From the very beginning, you learn clear, accent free pronunciation with the correct emphasis.

 
Learn with modern and intuitive software from 17 Minute Languages:

  • Number of Learners:
    Already over 540,000 languages courses sold.
  • Universal Software:
    For Windows / Linux / Mac OS X /iPad / Android Tablets / Windows Tablets.
    You will learn online, so you don't need to install anything.
  • New Edition:
    The Chinese Beginner's Course was completely updated in 2017.

 
 
 

You will have these benefits after having learnt with the beginner's and intermediate course:


Make more of your free time!
  • You will be able to watch movies in Chinese!
  • What a joy it is to be able to read a book in Chinese!
Building your career!
  • You will increase your professional opportunities now that you can speak Chinese more confidently.
  • You now have the skills to work in China whenever you wish.
You meet new people!
  • Every new language opens a door to a new world for you.
    You will meet many new and interesting people!
    Who knows: maybe the love of your life speaks Chinese?
  • Are you in a bilingual relationship?
    You can impress your partner by speaking Chinese!
Every trip will become an unforgettable experience!
  • Broaden your horizons as you travel to China.
    If you can speak Chinese, your trip will become an unforgettable experience:
    You will understand the country and its people better.
  • When you can speak Chinese, you will be able to easily find your way in China.
    You will be able to ask for information or ask the locals for help.
You stay in great mental shape!
  • Scientific studies have shown:
    Continued learning increases quality of life and life expectancy.
  • Train your brain!
    Studies have shown that learning languages helps stave off dementia and Alzheimer's.

 
 
 
 

The unique learning methods of the Chinese Language Course:


The heart of this Chinese course is in the long-term memory learning method and daily exercises.
 
The daily exercises ensure that you learn your new language for 17 minutes every day.
Exactly 17 minutes of learning material is provided by the daily exercises, hence the aptly chosen title of our courses.
 
In 17-Minute-Languages' insider community you have the opportunity to interact with many other highly motivated learners.
You get great tips and make new connections.
 

The long-term memory method of 17-Minute-Languages:


This learning method is based on the newest findings from research on vocabulary learning.
Every word to be learned will be repeated at precise intervals.
 
The long-term method works like this:
 
You learn a new word.
This word is then registered in the program.
The systematic repetition of the word begins immediately:
 
  1. First thing on the following day you have to correctly translate this word.
  2. The program then waits for two days.
    On the third day you will be prompted by the same word again.
    You then have to translate it correctly.
  3. The program then waits 4 more days.
    On the eighth day you will be prompted by the same word yet again.
  4. The program then waits a final 9 days.
    You have to correctly translate the word just one more time on day 17.
If you knew the word on each occasion, by this time you will never forget it!
It is permanently stored in your long-term memory.
(Important to know: If you forgot the word to be learned on any occasion during the repetition phase, the repetition starts again.)
 
With this learning method, you will learn all of the vocabulary in this Chinese course.
New words will be added to your lessons every day.
Your vocabulary will grow rapidly.
 
You can decide each day how you would like to learn the Chinese vocabulary:
  • If you wish to learn very thoroughly, you can also work with a written translation-program and fill in blanks.
  • For quick repetition, the program has a "Quick Revision"-function.
    You simply enter whether you know a particular Chinese word or not.
  • You can also learn with the Multiple Choice method:
    With this learning method, you will be given five, seven or ten words to choose from.
    Your task is to choose the correct translation.
 

Daily exercises for learning Chinese:


daily exercises There are various daily exercises integrated into this language course.
You get the following exercises every day:
 
vocabulary Vocabulary:
You learn new words and repeat the old ones with the long-term memory method as described above.
 
phrases

Texts and phrases:
The program presents you with plenty of text and phrases every day.
You have to complete various exercise related to the texts:
You have to read the texts.
You have to complete fill-in-the-blanks, whether they be whole words or single missing letters.
On other days you will get a text to read with appropriate questions designed to improve comprehension.
 
You get new and exciting exercise related to the texts every day.
With these concrete examples, you learn Chinese quickly and thoroughly.

Earn yourself points daily:
For every daily exercise you are awarded points.
When ever you have collected enough points, you reach the next level of the program.
In this way, you can see how quickly you've increased your knowledge!

17-Minute-Languages' insider community:


At the end of a lesson you can transfer your points to the online scoreboard.
It is absolutely free.
You do not need to register.
 
Compare your progress with other 17-Minutes-Languages' learners:
Here you can see the current top scores of all learners (from all languages courses) who have transfered their points to the scoreboard:
Top scores: The 1000 most successful 17-Minutes-Languages' learners
 
In addition, you can interact with and get support from other learners using 17-Minute-Languages.
You get great tips and can make new connections.
 

 

The Chinese language course offers a wide variety of learning methods.

You have many options to systematically improve your knowledge.
There is a suitable learning method available for every type of learner.
The following learning methods and tests can be chosen from:

reading exercise

Reading


In this exercise, you can read through all of the vocabulary and texts.
You can listen to every single word or line of text as often as you like simply by clicking on it.
You can choose between looking at a detailed picture or the plain text.
 
In this exercise, you will also find a printable version.
With one click, you can print out your current lesson or all of the lessons at once.
With this printed version, you can learn without the use of a computer.
quick show

Quick-Show


The Quick-Show shows you the dialogue texts and vocabulary onscreen.
You can read them, listen to them and print them out.
 
You choose the speed at which you would like the texts or vocabulary to appear on the screen.
individual learning

Individual learning


Read or listen to the dialogue and vocabulary.
The correct translation will appear with one click.
 
For this test you can choose the language shown (Chinese or English).
dictionary

Digital Dictionary and Search Option


Type a word in the search box and get it's translation.
You can look at all the vocabulary in dictionary form.
With one click you can listen to any word.
fill-in-the-blanks

Fill-in-the-blanks


Fill-in-the-blanks texts are read in Chinese or English.
There are missing words in this texts.
Your task is to simply fill in the blanks with the correct words.
 
In this exercise you have a choice:
Would you like to work on the text in Chinese or English?
 
It is possible for beginners to blank out just the shorter words.
word jumble

Word Jumble


For this exercise, the words from a dialogue text are jumbled up.
You simply have to put the words back in the correct order.
With this exercise you work on building sentences in the foreign language.
hidden vocabulary

Hidden Vocabulary and Texts


Read or listen to the dialogue and vocabulary.
Cover up the individual phrases with either Chinese or English.
Think about the translation.
 
You can then uncover the correct answer with the mouse.
If you like learning with word lists, this is the best method.
dictation

Dictation


Here a selection of vocabulary or dialogue text will be read to you by the program.
Afterwards, you have to type in the word or sentence you heard.
We recommend this exercise when you can already speak Chinese well and, above all, you would like to improve your spelling.
flash cards

Printable Flash Cards


The dialogue texts and the index cards can be printed out.
With these small cards at hand, you have flexibility and can learn on the go.
For this purpose, there are many versions available for you to print.
 
All you need is standard printing paper (or thin card) and a printer.
After printing, all that's left is to cut the index cards out.
And as simple as that you can start learning without a computer - where ever you may be!
quick repetition

Quick Repetition


Quick repetition is the fastest way to learn.
You will be shown vocabulary and phrases onscreen.
Think about the correct translation.
Click on "show answer".
Then tell the program whether you knew the answer or not.
For these tests you do not have to type anything in, which saves you a lot of time.
 
You can choose between Chinese and English from the language menu.
multiple choice test

Multiple Choice Test


Read or listen to parts of the dialogues or vocabulary.
Afterwards, choose the correct translation from multiple choice.
 
You will be shown between three and ten similar words.
The number of possible answers can be chosen by you.
testing

Learning and testing through inputting text


This is the most precise way of learning:
Read or listen to parts of the dialogue, vocabulary and exercises.
 
Type in the correct translation and learn proper spelling at the same time.
 

 

 

Diverse Learning:


We have built many gizmos into the program so that learning remains fun and exciting.
 
repeat words Repeat the words until you know all the vocabulary:
In all of the tests, you have to type in the right words so often that you will be able to do the correct translation instantly.
Simple words stop appearing in the daily program after 2 or 3 repetitions.
More difficult words may be repeated 5 or 6 times.
Especially difficult words, which you often don't know, are asked even more often.
Most importantly we don't want you to have forgotten these words by the very next day!

 
effective repetition Seven words at a time:
After learning seven new words, the software will show you a table with a summary.
Learning seven words at a time is especially effective.
Now you can repeat these words again at a glance.

 
overview points Points, learning time and number of repetitions:
You can already see how long you spend with one lesson unit.
By the way, you won't be able to cheat:
The program will actually only show the amount of time you worked.
If you would like to take, say a one hour brake, the clock stops ticking until you're ready to work again.
 
Every word allows you to see how often you have already repeated it today.
Words that you knew immediately will no longer appear in tests for this day.
Word that you are still having trouble with will continue to appear again and again.
 
For every word you know, you get points.
In this way, you can compare a day's learning with each other. You also see, for example, at which time of the day you learn vocabulary the quickest.


 
break A break after every 30 minutes:
Studies have shown that after a half an hour of learning concentration decreases rapidly.
For this reason, your language course will remind you every 30 minutes that you should take a brake.
Stand up, go for a walk, drink a glass of water.
Afterwards, reinvigorated, you are ready for the next half an hour!
(You can, of course, ignore the reminder and immediately continue learning.)


 
pictures A wide variety of pictures:
If you know a word, you will see a new photo as a reward.
(We have also thought of something for you even if you answer incorrectly...)
When you see that the course is fun and rewarding, you will be motivated to see it through to the end!


 
tips Motivating tips throughout:
At regular intervals, you will get tips from our experts on how you can learn even more effectively.
Let us surprise you!

 

 
 
 

Learn 32% faster through super-learning music


 
We have developed a next generation super-learning meditation music.
 
You will hear relaxing music.
Within a very short time, you will be completely calm, your breathing will become slower and deeper and you can concentrate completely on your learning.
 
Integrated into the music is the so-called "Binaural Beats", this technology will help you remember the words permanently.
 
We recommend you practice with headphones, this way you get the full effect.
 
You can also use the Super-learning music in any situation where you need your full attention, e.g. focusing on your work without distraction.
 
Advantages of superlearning music:
  1. Be relaxed:
    Only those who are relaxed can record new things quickly and permanently.
    Stress blocks your learning.
    Through this music, you will be deeply relaxed - the ideal environment to record new information.
  2. Become more relaxed and relieve stress.
    Even after learning, you will experience the benefits and be able to concentrate better.
  3. The meditation music is quieter than the vocabulary you hear (-8db).
    Learning remains the focus.
  4. Music that you can listen to with pleasure for a long time.
    The more you use the Super-learning music, the faster you relax.
  5. No previous knowledge required:
    When you turn on the Super-learning music, you can immediately relax.
  6. Tens of thousands of learners use super-learning music every day.
  7. In a test with 500 learners and over 100,000 learned vocabulary, we measured the following:
    If you listen to the Super-learning music while you are learning with a headphone, you can learn the words on average 32.9% faster.
    We also found our users can learn 63.7% longer than people who do not listen to Super-learning music.
  8. The Super-learning music can be switched on and off, if you prefer to learn without music.





 
 
 

Vocabulary:
Obtain a useful and comprehensive basic vocabulary


The most important thing in learning a new language is the vocabulary.
 
In this course, you will obtain a useful and comprehensive basic vocabulary.
Building from this, you will quickly be able to form and understand simple sentences.
 
You will learn the most important words from the following topics: Countries – Crime – Transportation – Traveling by bus, train, airplane – Buying transit tickets – Traveling by car – At the gas station – Book a flight – At the airport – Ask for directions – Money – At a restaurant and asking for the bill – Reading and understanding a menu – Pronouns – Time – In a hotel – The most important verbs – Animals – School and university – Entertainment – Communication – Telephone conversation – Fruit – Vegetables – Grocery shopping Clothing – Fashion – Writing a letter – Ordering online – Handicraft Greetings – Polite phrases – Numbers – Learn to count in Chinese – Weather report Regularly used adjectives and their comparative forms – Days, Months, and seasons – In case of an accident – The human body – Injuries and illnesses – In the pharmacy – Family – Babysitting – Sports – Shopping – Cooking – Organising trips – Household items – Sightseeing – Wandering around town – Visiting a museum – Making new friends – An evening at the cinema – And much more !
 
With this course, you will learn over 1,300 Chinese words.

 

Versatile dialogues and useful phrases:


All vocabulary and dialogues have been recorded by a Chinese native speaker.
From the very beginning, you will learn clear, accent free pronunciation and correct emphasis.
 
The texts and phrases were developed through the cooperation of a linguist and a Chinese native speaker.
In this course, you will learn how Chinese is really spoken in China.
 

Content of texts and dialogues:


You will accompany the two main characters of the language course on their holidays and in their day-to-day lives at home in 42 different dialogues.
Together with them, you will encounter important situations that could happen on your holidays or at home with your partner.
In the many dialogues provided, you will practice sentences that you can really use.
When you work with the dialogues provided in this course, you will improve your conversation skills day by day.
  • Our two main characters get to know each other during their vacation.
    They introduce themselves and tell each other where they come from.
    Surprisingly, they discover that they both come from the same country and, in fact, from the same city.
  • They decide to do something together.
    As they are staying in the same hotel, they agree to have a meal together.
    You learn which words are needed at breakfast and how to read a menu at dinner.
  • You can, of course, do a lot more on holiday together than just share a meal:
    A city tour and an enjoyable day in the downtown make for a wonderful holiday experience.
    If you happen to lose your way in the city, you can simply ask someone for directions.
    You can find time to relax in a little café with a nice cup of tea.
  • Not an easy task:
    The two main characters buy train tickets in Chinese.
  • How should the trip continue?
    Good thing the weather forecast comes on the radio.
    It helps you to decide what to do next in your travel plans.
  • You learn vocabulary that helps you to easily solve this situation:
    Reserve a hotel room and order breakfast for the next few days.
The two main characters can get together once in a while now that are back from their vacation and at home once again.
  • But before one can invite his travel friend to dinner, one has to refill the fridge at home.
    You accompany the main character to the supermarket and help find everything on the long shopping list.
  • They get to know each other better on a weekend trip.
  • An evening together at the movies:
    What a fantastic film.
  • Accompany the two main characters downtown.
    Help make the right decision when buying new clothes.
  • Both characters are invited to a friend's birthday party.
    They had to stop on the way to the party:
    There is an accident...
  • A visiting the gym keeps you healthy.
    But which of the many training methods would you like to choose?
    The decision is difficult...
In this language course, you will find many fantastic, fun and interesting dialogues.
You learn how to build simple and clear sentences in the foreign language.
 
All of the text was recorded for you by a native speaker.
From the beginning, you learn an authentically and currently spoken language.
You will get a very good feel for the sound and pronunciation of the foreign language through this course's recordings.
 
The dialogue texts can be read, printed out or listened to with a click of the mouse in English or in Chinese.
 
In addition, we offer you multiple learning possibilities along with the texts:
 
  • You learn with exciting fill-in-the-blanks exercises:
    With these tests, you can expand your vocabulary and practice your grammar.
  • All texts are spoken by a native speaker.
    You can hear, read and repeat aloud all of the course's texts and vocabulary.
  • You learn how to write correctly:
    You can also use course's dialogues as dictation.
    With this language course you will learn to write Chinese error free.
  • Would you prefer to learn without a computer?
    You can print out all of this language course's texts.
  • All 42 texts have been recorded by a Chinese native speaker.
    You can listen to and repeat each line of text as often as you'd like.
    This is how you learn clear and accent free pronunciation from the very beginning.
Holidays at the seaside
Holidays at the seaside
在海边度假
Zài hǎibiān dùjià
Xiao Chang is on holiday at the beach. He meets Xiao Sun.
Xiao Chang is on holiday at the beach. He meets Xiao Sun.
小常在海边度假,他碰到了小孙。
Xiǎo Cháng zài hǎibiān dùjià, tā pèngdào lĕ Xiǎo Sūn.
Hello, my name’s Xiao Chang. I‘m twenty-three years old.
Hello, my name’s Xiao Chang. I‘m twenty-three years old.
你好,我叫小常。我今年二十三岁。
Nǐhǎo, wǒ jiào Xiǎo Cháng. Wǒ jīn nián èrshí sān suì.
Nice to meet you. My name is Xiao Sun. Where are you from?
Nice to meet you. My name is Xiao Sun. Where are you from?
很高兴认识你,我叫小孙。你从哪里来?
Hěn gāoxìng rènshí nǐ, wǒ jiào Xiǎo Sūn. Nǐ cóng nǎlǐ lái?
From China. I was born in Beijing.
From China. I was born in Beijing.
从中国来。我在北京出生。
Cóng Zhōngguó lái. Wǒ zài Běijīng chūshēng.
Welcome at the beach. Are you here on holiday?
Welcome at the beach. Are you here on holiday?
欢迎来海边。你是来度假的吗?
Huānyíng lái hǎibiān. Nǐ shì lái dùjià de ma?
Yes, I am. Do you live here?
Yes, I am. Do you live here?
是的。你是本地人?
Shìde. Nǐ shì běndìrén?
At the hotel
At the hotel
在酒店里
Zài jiǔdiàn lǐ
Xiao Chang talks to a woman at the reception.
Xiao Chang talks to a woman at the reception.
小常对前台的女士说:
Xiǎo Cháng duì qiántái de nǚshì shuō:
Good evening. I am looking for a nice single room.
Good evening. I am looking for a nice single room.
晚上好。我想要一间舒适的单人间。
Wǎnshànghǎo. Wǒ xiǎng yào yì jiān shūshì de dānrénjiān.
No problem, we have lovely rooms upstairs with bathrooms. Is that OK?
No problem, we have lovely rooms upstairs with bathrooms. Is that OK?
没问题,我们有带浴室的的上等房间。您觉得怎么样?
Méi wèntí, wǒmén yǒu dài yùshì de shàngděng fángjiān. Nín juéde zěnmeyàng?
Of course, that is great.
Of course, that is great.
当然,太好了。
Dāngráng, tài hǎo le.
Excuse me, is there a television in the bed room?
Excuse me, is there a television in the bed room?
请问,卧室里有电视吗?
Qǐng wèn, wòshǐ lǐ yǒu diànshì ma?
Yes, we even have satellite television.
Yes, we even have satellite television.
是的,我们还有卫星电视呢。
Shì de, wǒmén hái yǒu wèixīng diànshì ne.
The outing
The outing
郊游
Jiāoyóu
Xiao Chang never wanted to go to Shanghai, but Xiao Sun grew up there.
Xiao Chang never wanted to go to Shanghai, but Xiao Sun grew up there.
小常从没想过要去上海,而小孙却是在那里长大的。
Xiǎo Cháng cóng méi xiǎngguò yào qù Shànghǎi, ér Xiǎo Sūn què shì zài nàlǐ zhǎngdà de.
In Xiao Chang‘s opinion Shanghai is such a grey, awful and boring city.
In Xiao Chang‘s opinion Shanghai is such a grey, awful and boring city.
小常认为,上海是个灰蒙蒙的,糟糕而且无聊的城市。
Xiǎo Cháng rènwéi, Shànghǎi shì gè huīméngméng de, zāogāo érqiě wúliáo de chéngshì.
But this time Xiao Sun forced him to come along with her at least for a day.
But this time Xiao Sun forced him to come along with her at least for a day.
但是这次,小孙非让小常和她一起去,最少也要待一天。
Dànshì zhè cì, Xiǎo Sūn fēi ràng Xiǎo Cháng hé tā yìqǐ qù, zuìshǎo yě yào dāi yì tiān.
They walk through the old town together.
They walk through the old town together.
他们一起穿过老城区。
Tāmén yìqǐ chuānguò lǎochéngqū.
This is the place where I spent most of my time when I was young.
This is the place where I spent most of my time when I was young.
这里就是我年轻时常常待的地方。
Zhèlǐ jiù shì wǒ niánqīng shí chángcháng dāi de dìfang.
An art gallery?
An art gallery?
这个艺术画廊?
Zhègè yìshù huàláng?
At the service station
At the service station
在加油站
Zài jiāyóuzhàn
Xiao Chang learnt to drive a few weeks ago.
Xiao Chang learnt to drive a few weeks ago.
小常在几周前刚拿到了他的驾照。
Xiǎo Cháng zài jǐ zhōu qián gāng nádào le tā de jiàzhào.
Therefore he is always excited when he‘s driving a car.
Therefore he is always excited when he‘s driving a car.
所以他开车的时候总是很紧张。
Suǒyǐ tā kāichē de shíhòu zǒngshì hěn jǐnzhāng.
He knows exactly how to get to the station.
He knows exactly how to get to the station.
他很清楚怎么去火车站。
Tā hĕn qīngchǔ zhěnme qù huǒchēzhàn.
From there, he just has to take the motorway straight to the airport.
From there, he just has to take the motorway straight to the airport.
从那儿起他必须沿着高速公路一直开到机场。
Cóng nàr qǐ tā bìxū yán zhe gāosù gōnglù yìzhí kāi dào jīchǎng.
But first he has to go to the petrol station:
But first he has to go to the petrol station:
但他必须先去加油站。
Dàn tā bìxū xiān qù jiāyóuzhàn.
He doesn’t know which petrol he needs.
He doesn’t know which petrol he needs.
他不知道他的车需要哪种燃料。
Tā bù zhīdào tā de chē xūyào nǎ zhǒng ránliào.
The guy on the train
The guy on the train
火车上的男人
Huǒchē shàng de nánrén
Xiao Sun is on the train. She is going home for Christmas.
Xiao Sun is on the train. She is going home for Christmas.
小孙坐在火车上。她因为圣诞节而回家。
Xiǎo Sūn zuò zài huǒchē shàng. Tā yīnwèi shèngdànjié ér huíjiā.
An elderly person sits next to her.
An elderly person sits next to her.
一位老人坐在她的旁边。
Yí wèi lǎorén zuò zài tā de pángbiān.
Are you on the train for a business trip?
Are you on the train for a business trip?
您是出差吗?
Nín shì chūchāi ma?
No, I will visit my family over Christmas.
No, I will visit my family over Christmas.
不是,我想在圣诞节的时候回家看看。
Bù shì, wǒ xiǎng zài shèngdànjié de shíhòu huíjiā kànkan.
That’s so nice! You can consider yourself lucky. I don’t have a family any more.
That’s so nice! You can consider yourself lucky. I don’t have a family any more.
多好呀!您真幸福。我没有家了。
Duō hǎo ya! Nín zhēn xìngfú. Wǒ méiyǒu jiā le.
Are you a bachelor?
Are you a bachelor?
您没有成家吗?
Nín méiyǒu chéngjiā ma?
 

 

Chinese native speakers read all texts and vocabulary aloud:

 
native speakers All vocabulary and texts are spoken by a Chinese native speaker.
You can listen to and repeat each of the 1300 words as well as the 42 dialogue texts as often as you'd like.
 
In a all the learning methods and tests, the vocabulary and lines of text are played for you.
You constantly repeat the correct pronunciation.
 
You learn clear and accent free pronunciation with the correct emphasis!
 

 

System Requirements:


This is an online course.
The software runs on Windows (10, 8, 7, Vista, XP), on Mac OS X and on Linux, on the iPad, on Android Tablets and on Windows Tablets.
 
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Frequently Asked Questions


Questions about ordering the Chinese language course:

  • How does the ordering process work?
    Fill out the online order form .
    Pay online after completion.
    Then you receive your access information immediately and can start learning!

Questions about language course software:


  • Which operating systems does this software work on?
    This is an online course.
    The software runs on Windows (10, 8, 7, Vista, XP), on Mac OS X and on Linux, on the iPad, on Android Tablets and on Windows Tablets.
    System Requirements:
    • Internet connection
    • Minimum of 512 MB RAM, 400 MHz
    • Optional: sound card and speakers for audio output
  • Do I need to know anything before hand or do I have to install something additionally?
    No, you can start immediately.

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Questions about the Chinese language course


  • I am a total beginner.
    Is this language course right for me?

    Yes, even without previous learning experience you can learn this new language quickly and effectively.
    The language course automatically tailors itself to your personal learning pace.

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  • What progress will I make with this language course?
    If you learn regularly, you will make progress very quickly.
    Ideally, schedule a certain amount of time daily for learning, 17 minutes for example.
    This is considerably more effective than simply learning 2 or 3 hours only once per week.

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  • Can I improve my pronunciation with this language course?
    You listen to every word and every line of text at your leisure and repeat them afterwards.
    That way you can quickly learn clear and accurate pronunciation.

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  • Which level of the European Common Reference Framework for Languages will I reach with 17 Minute Languages?
    If you start to learn Chinese with our Chinese Beginner's Course, you will reach A1+A2 level of the European Common Reference Framework for Languages (CEFR/CEF/CEFRL):
     
    With this beginner's course, you will ready yourself for everyday communication and conversation.
    Through the acquisition of the beginner's vocabulary, you will have no problem understanding clearly structured sentences. You will be able to communicate orally and in writing with simple sentences.
     
    You want to deepen your knowledge of Intermediate Chinese?
    With the Chinese Intermediate Course, you will reach B1+B2 level of the European Common Reference Framework for Languages:
     
    With the vocabulary of the Chinese intermediate language course, you will be ready for challenging interaction in Chinese.
    After working with this course, you will be able to understand and use complex sentences.
    Thanks to the advanced language course you will be able to easily understand spoken and written Chinese.
    As a result, you will possess a relatively high speech comprehension:
    You will, for example, be able to watch television in Chinese.
     
    With the Chinese Proficiency Language Course, you will reach C1 + C2 level of the European Common Reference Framework for Languages:
     
    After you have worked with the Chinese Proficiency Language Course, you will be able to effortlessly understand everything you read and hear.
    You will be able to summarize information from both written and oral sources.
    You will be able to present statements and explanations comprehensively and coherently.
    You will be able to express yourself very fluently and precisely.
    In addition, you will not only be able to understand finely nuanced meanings related to complex issues but also make them.
     
    With the Chinese Business Course you will reach C1 + C2 level of the European Common Reference Framework for Languages:
     
    After you have worked with the Chinese Business Course, you will be able to master any situation related to professional workaday life.
     
    Explanation of the European Common Reference Framework for Languages:
    Since 2001, there have been European wide standards that measure the levels of language courses.
    These standards were created by the Council of Europe so that the language reference levels for language courses can be transnationally cohesive.
    Our language course were developed in accordance with these standards.

 

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What do our clients say?


What do our clients say
... regarding the learning methods of our language courses


  • „ I am very content with your language course and I really enjoy learning with it. I like the well-structured way of the course and the wide-ranged possibilities which makes learning so much easier and varying as well. Besides I think it's great you can choose listening to the language as often as you want to as well as being able printing the vocabulary on flashcards. In any case I would love to thank the experts who developed the course very much! It's fun to learn a new language with this course! “
       (Gillian Smith)
     
  • „The varied learning possibilities are gorgeous! They have something in store for everyone.
    Especially being able to print flashcards has been new to me an I think it's brilliant! They are really easy to print and front and back are fitting on top of each other! The every-day situations make learning much easier since sentences out of everyday life are a great motivation learning a language. Learning varies at all time because there are so many different ways teaching myself the language.“

       (Kelly Roberts)
     
  • „The vocabulary trainer is jut awesome!!! This is how you motivate people to learn! Words have to be repeated until you spell them correctly. Also, I think its great being tested in both languages. Either one way or the other, it's up to you. I'm pretty sure this how you will remember your vocabulary! The texts are chosen very well, directly taken out of every day life, very understandable for everyone, meaningful and very helpful for general use. I also like being able listening to the texts line by line and listening to the vocabulary particularly as often as you want to. This programm is super easy to handle. Thumbs up!“
       (Doro Graham)
     
  • „I particularly loved being able to choose between possibilities and ways offered to workout a key subject. This is especially relevant when acquisitioning vocabulary. Thus, I can choose for my individual way of learning.“
       (Meagan Lewis)
     
  • „Vocabulary learning is very well-structured and it's really fun! This course is way more fun than learning with a book - because you can't cheat yourself when doing the exercises ;o) The long-term memory method is just amazing and would basically be sufficient as just one testing method.“
       (Sarah Franke)
     
  • „In my opinion the best thing about this course is being able clicking on and listen to every single word and sentence! This used to be my greatest problem - pronunciation. Moreover I've found the fill-in-the-blank texts very helpful. When working on my first fill-in-the-blank text I didn't believe it would work out but it was surprised by how much I knew! Since I rather pay more attention to speaking skills I expected the writing skills to be way too complicated and thought I wouldn't need them. Meanwhile I am very happy to be able to speak and write the language! Thanks so much!“
       (Cathrine Hemsworth)
     
  • „The learning-functions for vocabulary especially the long-term and ultra long-time method with keying is what I like best about this course. Not only is this course about learning vocabulary and learning them by heart, but also about spelling rules. Also I was very impressed by the distinct learning functions.“
       (Spencer Harold)
     

What our clients say
... about our long term memory learning method


  • „I've been mostly impressed by the long-term method for learning new vocabulary, since I didn't expect knowing the vocabulary after a pretty long break. The explanation of the psychological backgrounds and the systematics of the memory performance respectively makes the learning methods much more comprehensible. “
       (Scott Wilkinson)
     
  • „I've been using this language course for 4 months intensively. I think it's really convenient having the possibility to repeat the vocabulary regularly with the long-term memory learning method. I really enjoy this programm for it keeps asking until the correlate word is typed in correctly. Moreover the digital speech of the respective vocabulary is also great.“
       (Gautam Kumars)
     
  • „The long-term memory learning method for keeping vocabulary in long-term memory is, in my opinion, particularly efficient. Thereby you are developing ambition which keeps you going. Also the pages which hide the vocab are tremendously good to get a quick overview and are very suitable to repeat in fast track. I find the displaying of the last seven wrong inputs in the long-term memory learning method very supportive.“
       (Frank Collins)
     
  • „I particularly like the vocabulary-learning function with the long-term memory learning method. Not only is this method incredibly efficient but also very motivating, because success becomes apparent immediately and you can feel certain having the vocabulary stored in your long-time memory. A great advantage are the crystal clear voice recordings which don't left you thinking about the pronunciation and makes naturally learning possible.“
       (Guillaume Guerrin)
     
  • „I'd learned this language already basically before but I couldn't remember hardly anything about my basics, nevertheless I was able to reaccess the language. For this I'm sure the clear and logical structure of the language course is crucial and also the opportunity to operate within the programm in so many different ways.“
       (Jean-Baptiste Novak)
     
  • „Every day before I go sleep I'm practising my vocabulary with the long-term memory learning method. By purchasing your software I've made a good decision since it's fun learning and gives me a sense of achievement most of the time. As far as I'm concerned this course enhanced my linguistic knowledge because it's design is varying. Another great advantage is the course being suitable for all kind of operating systems. This is what I really like about it since I'm a Linux user and therefor limited concerning software. “
       (Chris Worthingham)
     
  • „I was especially amazed by learning with the longterm-method. The records of the entire vocabulary and dialogues sound very natural and realistic since they were all spoken by native speakers. Putting it in a nutshell, it's a well-made language course.“
       (Markus Großkautz)
     
  • „I really do like learning using the long term memory learning method. Using the pc is much simpler than writing manually. Moreover using the pc is much more efficient since you can not betray yourself - The system is correcting every single mistake also including emphasis which are also registered. Storing the different levels makes repeating the vocabulary and the texts based on the flashcard principle possible and thereby more effective. Learning foreign languages has become a hobby to me - for me, personally, not is it only learning by heart but a leisure pursuit.“
       (Emily Snyder)
     
  • „From an educational view the long term memory learning method is very well-structured. We are able to store the results. Also we think the gap texts are great and the pronunciation of the audio files is especially audibly and clearly. The lessions are kept short which is favourable respecting our age. Thank you very much for this language course.“
       (Richard & Francis Pennyworthy)
     
  • „It's very beneficial being able to organize your individual schedule and also being able to print out the entire course. The variety of the teaching materials is also great. When it comes to learning vocabulary by using the long term memory learning method you only decide once how long you would like to learn per day. Once you've decided on how long you want learn a day, this will be happening automatically afterwards. So, once you get started you will pull trough. This is also very helpful when having a hard time with motivation. Being able to decide on your own how long you want learn makes this course "feasible".“
       (Henry Smalls)
     
  • „I find the logical and neat outline very appealing. I'm also motivated by the long term memory learning method which makes it easy for me to live up to the learning success of the day before and gets me started over quickly. I've already bought the beginner's course and my experiences with the long term memory learning method are good. You can virtually follow the continuing progress the team is working on - this is what I really like since they give me the feeling that I'm taken seriously when I hand in some suggestions for improvement and changes.“
       (Agatha Low)
     

What our clients say
... regarding the daily exercises of our programme


  • „The daily exercises are the greatest thing about this learning software. In this way I'm able to learn in a structured way. Thereby, I can learn both the vocabulary training and text exercises quickly and continuing. Moreover I'm convinced by the different methods of vocabulary training and different learning methods. Above all the text input and the automatic testing of your knowledge gives me a quick and really good result.“
       (Chris Osborne)
     
  • „ I enjoy the daily exercise program because it's easy to work on and it's varying. Mostly I use the long term memory learning method and the quick repetition. This course allows me to continue my studies on a daily basis and I feel really really motivated to learning another language.“
       (Jason Big)
     
  • „I really have to thank you for the daily exercises. They really give me motivation I need to do at least my daily exercises on a daily basis since I don't have much time left. Additionally I think the great choice of the different ways of learning is gorgeous, e.g. first, taking a look at the vocabulary, secondly finding them hidden in a text and thereby studying them and then being tested and learning vocabulary intensively. “
       (A. Svensson)
     
  • „I am given the possibility to determine the learning rate myself. The daily exercises are giving me the pressure necessary I need to do them. Apparently different brain areas are getting activated by different learning methods of the program. In my own case, the learning success seems to be lasting.“
       (Craig Miller)
     
  • „To me the daily exercises are awesome and be given the possibility to continue right where I stopped by the repetition. Not a day goes by without me working with the program and working on my vocabulary knowledge at least. Within almost 100 days I've stored about more than 1000 words in the long term memory. I would like to thank you so much for this course. I'm enjoying it so much and it really helps me staying on track.“
       (Victoria Statham)
     
  • „To me the daily are exercises learning method seem very effective. It gives you a well-structures schedule that guides you trough the program. And if there is time left you you could additionally use further training methods. “
       (Sabine Schwarz)
     
  • „I like the lessons being divided in daily exercises. Still, I can decide by myself independently how much I'd like to learn. That way learning never gets boring. I further like the speakers being native speakers. From the beginning, you are offered short texts which you can gradually elaborate.“
       (Frank Roy)
     
  • „I haven't had any prior knowledge of this language. Thus I've started from scratch. I was able to enter the program quickly due to the daily exercises. The learning rate is variable which means you can determine yourself how quickly you would like to go. The exercises themselves are rich in variety so you won't get bored. What's great about the course is the vocabulary and text exercises being distinguished. The great extend of the course makes it an interesting choice for beginners as well as for advanced students. I highly recommend this course especially for learning vocabulary.“
       (Christian Palmer)
     
  • „I particularly like arranging the daily exercises myself. Also I like the way the vocabulary and text exercises are arranged which are in my opinion perfectly mixed. So far I can say: You don't get tired of learning over a long period of time. By putting you scoring online you can compare yourself with others. Thereby you could "compete" with others.“
       (Claudia Redford)
     

What our clients say
... in regard to structure and content of our programme


  • „I appreciate the course' systematic regarding the structure, the clarity regarding the titles you can click on. I also like being able to print out whatever I like and having the correcting aid at my disposal. It's very beneficial having the opportunity to listen to the appropriate vocabulary. This course is definitely meeting my expectations!“
       (Steven Harrows)
     
  • „This course has broadened my vocabulary knowledge tremendously. For me personally, listening to texts and thereby improving my own pronunciation was particularly helpful. Of course this is really motivating, helpful and is giving me a feeling of getting more and more confident when communicating with native speakers. The method by which you acquire vocabulary is excellent - at the same time it's a fantastic exercise to train my brain.“
       (Bill Green)
     
  • „I like the learning units being split in small very achievable units. The vocabulary being taught is very applicable especially for beginners - that's what I really like since I want to learn this language only on a "vacation" kind of level. Additionally I want to point out the learning monitoring and the opportunity given to print out the vocabulary which makes learning a lot easier for me.“
       (Mark Curtis)
     
  • „The lessons are very versatile. This program also provides the possibility to print out cards which I think is very crucial. Since we're getting ready to move these lessons are great to get prepared.
    This course is great!“

       (Tess Carlson)
     
  • „I'm really motivated by the short and not too challenging lessons. They encourage me to hang in there because they are easy to process by the self-learning principle. I really like the versatile testing options. Each term or sentence can be repeated - this way the pronunciation can be memorized much better.“
       (Christen Nixon)
     
  • „The listening examples are suitable for the daily use and are worth learning. Within a short period of time I acquired essential vocabulary which encouraged me to keep going. In addition the recording is realistic, comprehensible and I as a student was given the chance to get an impression what feeling for language means.“
       (Chester Fields)
     
  • „I was positively surprised by the many lessons. The lessons aren't stuffed full and contain an appropriate amount of vocabulary. The dialogue texts are well-chosen and the basic vocabulary is extensive. The flash cards which can be printed are a good learning method - it really worked out for me.“
       (Nicki Chestnut)
     
  • „I think it's a good thing working with different methods e.g. covering terms, multiple choice, quick show, several gap texts, etc. The parameters can also be adjusted, e.g how many new words you would like to learn as well as determine how you want your gap text to look like. Also listening to the records is especially important when learning Arabic since the spelling isn't clearly similar to the pronunciation. Also the positive images and encouraging texts are very supportive. Your support when it comes to studying is also awesome!“
       (Markus Brenner)
     
  • „The many different learning methods is what I like most about this course. There are audio recordings for each sentence or vocabulary by which means I'm able to check my pronunciation - which is way better than phonetics. Vocabulary which were answered incorrectly are tested and asked over and over again until you got them right. Flashcards can be printed out so you can learn even when your on the road. The lesson's topics cover all important areas and are therefor suitable for daily use.“
       (Beatrice Thigpen)
     
  • „The vocabulary and sentences can be learned in many different ways. I have the feeling I'm making good progress despite I'm learning for myself without any contact person. Moreover, I as a teacher of foreign languages need to study further and test new learning methods for my students anyway.“
       (Linda Rhys)
     
  • „The course' surface was being developed very neat. Particularly the instruction and explanation of the versatile opportunities happened to be very successful. The vocabulary and texts are subdivided means comprehension and context - this is also a successful method. You can choose on what you want to pay your attention on.
    All in all this course' concept is well developed.“

       (Jesse Hilton)
     

What our clients say
... in general


  • „This course is highly recommendable. It's easy to work with and the information given is very useful when being abroad. The vocabulary learning seems to be successful. This course seems to be a good choice for elderly people due to the self-determining working pace and the learning areas with applied didactics and methods which are also suitable for elderly people as already mentioned. I'm am thoroughly content with your offer.“
       (Eugenie Parker)
     
  • „I bought this language course as a birthday present for my nephew and he loves it! He is 11 years old and the course is a great support and addition for school classes.“
       (Anne Young)
     
  • „This program doesn't have to be installed therefore you can start using it straightaway. I'm an advanced learner and I gladly update my skills and knowledge. That's why I prefer using the selection method as the typing of the solutions would take too long.“
       (Joseph Goodwin)
     
  • „The possibility also to learn when going to bed made me learn on a regularly basis. Now I can listen to audio recordings - this is way better than learning with a textbook.“
       (Kathrin Norris)
     
  • „I'm taking the voc trainer with me wherever I'm going - so I can learn whenever I want.“
       (Claudia Bell)
     
  • „Thanks to this course I'm able understand a lot and follow a conversation at least partially. Now I'm about to improve the syntax and my pronunciation. With this course this shouldn't be a problem. Right down the line, learning is fun with this program and the learning results are motivating.“
       (Cristina Jovanovic)
     
  • „Even my 10-year-old daughter loves learning the new language and together we are studying hard! Of course this what I really like since she is learning much faster than I do. This is an additional challenge for me.“
       (Agatha Chapman)
     

What our clients say
... about the price/performance ratio of our language courses


  • „What I like most about the course is the long term memory learning method. This way it's possible to learn vocabularies which you consider to be essential. Moreover I was surprised my the price... I think is a very fair price! Kudos to you!“
       (Sebastian White)
     
  • „I would like to thank you for the excellent price/performance ratio.“
       (George Murphy)
     
  • „I've tried bunches of language courses and this one is the best so far! The price-performance ratio is absolutely justifiable. The course' navigation is easy to handle whereas the course is both visually and acoustically orientated. This way learning is easy and progress can be seen very soon. This course is highly recommendable - especially for beginners.“
       (Daniel Robinson)
     
  • „I don't think there's a better program to learn vocabulary fast and effective.“
       (Emma Cooper)
     

 

 
 
 
P.S.:
A summary: What is included in the Chinese Beginner's Course?
  • You spend 17 minutes a day using the program.
  • The program provides you with various, motivating daily exercises every day.
  • You will have learned over 1,300 words with our unique long-term memory learning method after just three months.
    You will have acquired a versatile and practical Chinese basic vocabulary.
  • From numerous texts and dialogues, you learn how to use this basic vocabulary.
  • Visit the 17 Minute Languages' online community of learners!
    You can interact with other very motivated learners and even make new friends.
  • This language course is perfect for you:
    Every type of learner can find interesting and motivating exercises in this program.
  • This language course is a lot of fun and motivates you to learn that much more each day!
  • You do not have to install this course.
    The program is absolutely user friendly and trouble-free to use.
  • Newest version!
    The Chinese Beginner's Course was completely updated in 2017.
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