Duolingo can now help you learn Chinese

Earlier this year, Duolingo launched its Japanese course, which marked the first time the popular language learning service offered support for an Asian language. Since then, it’s also launched support for Korean and starting today, you can use the services mobile and web apps to learn Chinese (or, to be more precise, Modern Standard Mandarin), too.


The company notes that a Chinese course was one of the most requested language courses in the service’s history. As the team told me when it launched the Japanese course, building the infrastructure for supporting Asian languages took a while, but now that this is in place, launching support for new Asian languages is significantly easier.


Duolingo is pretty upfront about the fact that Chinese is one of the most difficult languages to learn for native English speakers. The app, however, promises to teach you the basics without having to spend a few thousand hours in a classroom.