Learn Mandarin Chinese Online

1.379 Billion Chinese according to this search on Google: https://www.google.com/search?q=china+population.  Would you like to be able to talk to this group of people in business or in life?  Imagine getting to know this customer for your product development or business.

Let me tell you my Chinese learning journey:

I had a friend in high school who was an exchange student from Hong Kong.  We met and became friends after a simple conversation on the school bus.  We hung out in high school, took the same junior year classes, and when he went back home to Hong Kong, I visited him and some of my extended family for the first time before starting my first year at the University of Washington.

Hong Kong at that time was an exciting place for me as it was fast paced, foreign, and materially flashy.  I spoke some elementary Cantonese Chinese, but could not read nor write Chinese.  From this travel experience, I decided to take some courses in Mandarin at the University.  When I graduated, I had taken up to 3 years of Mandarin courses, and spent a school summer session at Peking University, in Beijing China, and an internship in Taipei, Taiwan.

As with any language, it takes practice, usage, and repetition to learn.  It also helps to immerse or travel and make use of that language.  But what if you live here in the USA, and want to study a language?  What options do you have?

Looking at Edx.org, we can do a simple search and read the summary of some great courses:

https://www.edx.org/course?search_query=mandarin

This is a pretty fun Chinese History and Cultural Series, called ChinaX, by Harvard University:

https://www.edx.org/xseries/china-modern-world

If you are looking for more advanced Chinese learning, I was using this site for a while for intermediate to advance courses a while back.  Chinese Pod allows you to consume the content on your own schedule.  Then follow up with an instructor using video follow-up with teachers:

https://chinesepod.com/

They have a fun blog here: https://chinesepod.com/blog/

Try Edx.org for free, then if you are still excited and need more content go to ChinesePod.com and subscribe to a paid account.  Before you do you can try their free sampler lessons: https://chinesepod.com/library/courses/free-chinesepod-playlist/6.

Go ahead, learn some survival Chinese!  Learn to order food or say hello to your loved one!  How do you learn a language?

Then find a conversation partner nearby via Craigslist, Meetup.com, or the University of Washington Language Exchange Program.

Tell me if these links and resources are helpful.  Let me know if I overlooked some even better ones!

Learning Amazon Alexa Skills Kit from Coding Dojo

This is the landing page for the Amazon Alexa Skills Kit: https://developer.amazon.com/alexa-skills-kit.

Do you have a Skill start-up idea, take a look at the above link to get started.

Go here to learn via video: https://developer.amazon.com/alexa-skills-kit/alexa-skills-developer-training

I started watching the Youtube Videos provided by Coding Dojo: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpk9OBdrvHbVh8COAlJ8SpyDWY_SAw_RP

Free Tableau 10 Essential Training in Under 5 Hours

I am taking this course on Lynda.com, Tableau 10 Essential Training:

https://www.lynda.com/Tableau-tutorials/Tableau-10-Essential-Training/500540-2.html

If you are a Seattle resident, you can use the Seattle Public Library (SPL) for free acces access:

https://www.spl.org/about-the-library/library-news-releases/lyndacom-319

In under 5 hours, familiarize yourself with the Tableau interface.  For example, I am more familiar with Microsoft’s Power BI, so this is extremely valuable way to quickly ramp up on a comparative product.