Learn Mandarin Chinese with Drops in 5 minutes a day

来玩“文字游戏”吧。Mandarin made easy.

In just five minutes a day, you will learn Chinese through our beautifully illustrated, immersive and playful lessons. You focus on the part of Chinese that matters most — words. It’s effective, fun and free.

Learn Mandarin Chinese, drop by drop in just 5 minutes a day.

Learn Chinese in just 5 minutes a day with Drops--learn words in Mandarin Chinese

Drops is the most popular and the best way to learn Mandarin Chinese on the go.

Language learning made easy. Have you always wanted to learn another language but felt you never had enough time, or patience. Or you’ve tried and given up? Well, it’s time to try again with Drops--a fun, new way to finally learn that language you always wanted to master: the Chinese language.

In just five minutes a day, you will learn Mandarin Chinese through our beautifully illustrated, immersive and engaging lessons. You focus on the part of Chinese that matters most -- words. It’s effective, fun and free.

How Drops can help you learn Mandarin Chinese online:

  • Learn 2,000+ Chinese words with Drops
  • Drops helps to create memorable visual associations with new words
  • Drops helps you to practice your vocabulary and review the words you’ve learned
  • Start with just five minutes a day and build a language learning habit

Let Drops Help You Stay Motivated to Learn Chinese

Instant feedback on your language progress

Instant feedback
Never wonder whether you’ve answered correctly. Why work with boring, old textbooks where you have to flip to the back to know whether or not you’re getting it right? Drops offers you immediate corrections so there’s no guesswork.

Study anywhere, anytime

How to study Mandarin Chinese anywhere, anytime
Take Drops with you with our mobile app available for iOS and Android so you can learn Mandarin Chinese online and offline too!

Personalized language learning experience

Personalized learning experience
Drops offers learners more than 100 well-curated Chinese word lists that you can customize to fit your learning needs. Choose which words you want to learn so that you spend your Chinese study time on the material that matters most.

Language learning stats

Stay motivated with learning stats
At the end of each Chinese learning session, you get detailed statistics on your progress.

Wondering how to learn Mandarin Chinese?

Mandarin Chinese is very different from other languages, but there are some aspects of the language that make it easier than others. There are many recommended ways to learn Chinese.

Become familiar with the Chinese hanzi:

  • Chinese Characters are fun to learn!
  • Hanzi are made up of radicals you can learn to understand the meanings of each character.

Tackle Chinese grammar:

  • Chinese grammar is relatively easy to learn.
  • You can learn some of the basic structures in Drops’ Travel Talk category.

Listen to lots of Mandarin Chinese audio:

  • Find Chinese dramas you enjoy and watch them to get familiar with the language.
  • Listen to M-pop.
  • Use Drops’ Premium listening test feature to test your listening comprehension.

About Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken variety of Chinese. It includes the Beijing dialect and Standard Chinese. Mandarin Chinese is spoken by about 70% of Chinese speakers. There are about 910 million native speakers and it is the official language of the People’s Republic of China as well as Taiwan.

Learning Chinese with Drops

Focus on the most important part of your new language

How to learn Mandarin Chinese? Focus on the most important part of the language -- words. Words are the building blocks to your new language skill. With Drops, you get to spend time with what matters most.

Curated word lists

Word lists you just won’t find anywhere else. We’ve worked with a team of experienced language learners to curate word lists on a diverse range of topics. The wordlists we’ve put together are highly relevant, and you won’t find them anywhere else.

High quality audio

High-quality audio. Robotic, artificial voices or poor audio recordings just don’t cut it when you’re working on listening comprehension. That’s why we make sure that every word comes with crisp, clear and high-quality audio.

Short, focused language learning sessions

Short, focused learning sessions. With Drops, you work on your new language in short, five minute learning sessions. It’s perfect for busy learners and a simple way to make language learning a part of your day.

Ready to start learning Mandarin?

A collection of recommended language learning resources from the Drops team

More Resources for Chinese Learners

Want to learn to read and write in Chinese? Try our companion app Scripts to help you learn Chinese Characters.

Ready to take the next step after learning new words with Drops? Our team put together a collection of the resources and tools they find most effective in their own language learning projects.

Check out our recommended resources for Chinese learners, so that you can take the words you learn in Drops to the next level.

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