Always on the lookout for great language learning resources, I’ve found a great resource for learning Chinese: a really great Chinese Podcast! It’s called “Slow Chinese,” and the great thing is that it is performed by native speakers, at a nice, slow pace. This is really useful, especially for those in the beginning stages of their Chinese studies. Also, it’s completely free!
Here is an excerpt from their Chinese podcast page: “Slow Chinese is a cultural podcast for Chinese learners. If you are learning Chinese and are curious about China, you’ve come to the right place! They are personal narratives by native Chinese people, they are read in Mandarin at a slow speed (2~3 characters per second). Topics vary from language, knowledge, tradition and culture to opinions on social phenomena.”
All in all, it’s a great resource. I’ve listened to a few myself, and they’re definitely natural and easy to follow. The wide range of topics is also a plus: it allows you to find things that you’re interested in and learn with those. Anyways, give it a try, and you’ll be happy you did 🙂
If you would like even more audio, you could also try Rocket Chinese, though it’s not free if you want the full package. This is a great language learning software, and teaches a lot of vocabulary.
Also for your all of your Hanzi learning needs, I highly recommend the following books (both simplified and traditional versions). If you have ever wanted to give up because you thought the writing system was just “too hard,” then these will solve all of your woes. They allow you to learn over 3,000 characters in a straightforward, logical manner, allowing you to learn Chinese and keep your sanity at the same time:
If anyone has another Chinese podcast to add, then please leave a comment below: