Seeking an Online Chinese language school



I am looking for an Online Chinese Language school / college.  I know I could just Google for this information...but I am overwhelmed by the quantity of online Chinese language schools and services.


Because I live in a remote and rural area in Oz I have no opportunity to practice spoken Chinese so I am seeking a tutor / teacher.  At present I am studying Chinese at university off campus on-line. I can read, write, hear and understand Chinese reasonably well. Speaking is my problem.


Ideally I would like the following;

  • Reasonably priced
  • Flexible
  • The accent of my tutor / teacher must be Standard Chinese
  • teacher / tutor must come from an area where standard Chinese is spoken (Beijing, Harbin, etcetera)


Has anyone any suggestions?

Does anyone have any experience of trying to learn or practice Chinese this way?

Is anyone in a similar situation?


Cheers CML

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Comment by jono1001 on August 2, 2012 at 11:44am

Thanks Kevin. Much appreciated. 

Comment by Kevin Lewis on August 2, 2012 at 8:58am

Send it to me and my teachers can check it for ya!

Comment by jono1001 on August 2, 2012 at 3:02am

Sorry should be SMC not LMC...

Comment by jono1001 on August 2, 2012 at 3:01am

My search for an online school continues....

I am surprised that some of the online schools and colleges that I made enquiries did not follow up with a 'friendly'  reminder email....  They seem to have faded into the ether of the Internet...

Unfortunately I have been too busy to take up the schools offers of the 'free lesson' will have to make an effort to do it.

For my immediate needs I am seeking native speakers who would be willing to check some of my written work for accuracy. Of course I am willing to reciprocate by helping you somehow. Anyone in LMC interested?

Comment by jono1001 on July 31, 2012 at 3:42pm

Thanks Ying Chen your offer of help is much appreciated. Have sent you a friend request and contact details.   Cheers Jono1001

Comment by Ying Chen on July 31, 2012 at 11:10am

Hi,JONO1001, 我是陈颖,中国北京人,刚刚大学毕业,普通话标准. i want to help u the Chinese Language, but i don't the detail solution. Welcome talk with me. Now,it is 11:10am in Beijing. Is there a big time differnce ?

My skype is hellopotato2. Welcome + me .

Comment by Meir Glantz on July 30, 2012 at 7:35am

I also would be very interested if there are any more "guinea pig" slots open. I am also very interested to find out how Jono's search is going. What I would really love to do is study Chinese in China but since I don't see that happening any time in the near future, online learning would be the next best thing as there are no local classes for me to take.. (sad sigh).

Some things I wonder about online classes are how you deal with delay. I tried doing some language exchange on Skype but there was a very noticeable delay in communication so that we at times would cut each other off. I don't know if that was because our Internet speeds were different or the nature of distance learning. Other questions include: How do you work out sounds that are not so easy for native English speakers to copy. Is learning how to write characters something that can be started in distance learning or does it focus more on Listening and Speaking?

Comment by Kevin Lewis on July 27, 2012 at 8:53am

Hey Lauren more than happy to have you as a guinea pig! At the moment looking like the week of 13th of August we will be starting to trial our online classes, Jono I'm very interested in what you have told us about other schools that are providing online class services- we are going to be charging around 130 rmb per class I think. Which  is a bit more than 10 Dollars American- I'm not planning on asking people to sign up for 100s of hours, but I think we would work out a package based on what each student needs.. I had a very interesting discussion with Prof Tim Xie from Long Island State University- he happens to be in Shanghai at the moment and has done a fair bit of research into online classes- got to pick his brain a bit.

Comment by jono1001 on July 27, 2012 at 5:15am

Still seeking a school.  I narrowed down my selection by emailing over 10 schools and seeing how they followed up.

 Have found some that are very overpriced. Have found most want me to sign up for 100s of lessons. There is a huge variation in prices.

Have found one that if I sign up will cost only $10 USD a lesson. There is another which seems very professional and spent a lot of time answering my questions and seeking to customise lessons for me. They want $20 USD for a relatively short course of lessons. So I have narrowed it down to two schools. 

Haven't tried any of the free trial lessons which several school offer.

BTW one one of the 10 was quite rude and abrupt when I asked questions.  I was quite surprised and it wasn't a "lost in translation" type scenario. 

Comment by Kevin Lewis on July 10, 2012 at 6:47am

Hi Jono got your details and will contact you soon. Hi Ma Ji Ya- so glad you want to be a guinea pig also! Um to be honest not sure how many guinea pigs I need to trial our service- I guess at least two- although I'm sure Anna Lee's school also has good services if you want to take her up! :)
FYI my school's website is If you want to see what we teach- our group classes are peged to HSK standards

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