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Chinese is the most spoken language in the world as it is the mother tongue of more than 1.34 billion people, i.e. one fourth of the world’s population. Chinese is mainly spoken in China which has the second largest economy in the world. It is also spoken in many Asian countries, such as Singapore, Macau, parts of Indonesia, Malaysia and Taiwan, making it the Lingua Franca of Asia.

The Chinese civilisation is one of the oldest in the world with over 5000 years of culture and traditions. Furthermore, the Chinese economy is growing at an exponential rate, transforming China into the factory of the world. Made in China is now an international fact of life.

Chinese around the world


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   Countries identified Chinese as a primary, administrative, or native language
   Countries with more than 5,000,000 Chinese speakers w/ or w/o recognition
   Countries with more than 1,000,000 Chinese speakers w/ or w/o recognition
   Countries with more than 500,000 Chinese speakers w/ or w/o recognition
   Countries with more than 100,000 Chinese speakers w/ or w/o recognition
   Major Chinese speaking settlements

Why Learn Chinese?

  • Chinese is the mother tongue of one fourth of the world’s total population.
  • China’s economy is the second largest in the world, producing most of our everyday products. The fact is that China is the factory of the world where everything is Made in China.
  • Knowing Chinese will set your CV apart and will boost your professional career. It will open new work opportunities to you!
  • Chinese is the Lingua Franca of Asia. You can never go wrong with Chinese in Asia!
  • Chinese will open new travel destinations to you, where you can experience first hand one of the oldest cultures in the world.
  • Chinese is a musical language with more than 4 tones, and it has no plural and no tenses!

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With our free Chinese language course, you can learn by practising with native Chinese speakers around the world!

As well as learning directly from other users, you can use our interactive language learning materials to practise and improve your language skills.

The materials are arranged into learning units. Each one is based on a certain topic and contains all of the most important vocabulary and phrases.

多元文化主义
duō yuán wén huà zhǔ yì

the multiculturalism

the multiculturalism

Key phrase

澳大利亚接受了多元的文化。那里居住着众多来自不同文化的人们。
ào dà lì yà jiē shòu le duō yuán de wén huà 。nà lǐ jū zhù zhe zhòng duō lái zì bù tóng wén huà de rén men 。
Australia has embraced multiculturalism. There are many people from different cultures living there.


What does each language learning unit include?


Vocabulary: Learn important words and expressions with the aid of pictures and audio clips. Premium Members , can also listen to key phrases.
Dialogue: Improve your reading comprehension with a fun dialogue, followed by questions to test your understanding. Premium Members , can also listen to the audio version.
Writing exercise: Develop your writing skills by creating a short text for other users to correct.
busuu-talk: Connect with native speakers via our integrated video-chat application, which allows you to chat online or even talk to other users in the busuu.com community.
Review: Test how much you've learnt with a short quiz and win busuu-berries!.
PDF: Print out a PDF with all of the grammar and learning units, so that you can even study while you are not online. This tool is only available to Premium Members.
Podcast: Listen to podcasts containing the vocabulary, example sentences and dialogues from all of the grammar and learning units. This tool is only available to Premium Members.
Voice recording: You can practise your pronunciation, by recording a character’s part in a dialogue, and posting it for native speakers to correct you. Voice recording is only available for Premium Members