Best way to learn Mandarin in GNU/Linux or OS X?
What’s a good, quick way, to learn a new language with the help of Linux?
In particular, I’m interested in learning conversational Mandarin. Basic reading, is a bonus, but hey, I’m not that fussed. I’d like to not pay for my software, if possible, and since I tote a Linux laptop most of the time (this might change to an OS X based one that actually works – rant on this soon), if it runs on Linux, all the better. The Popagandhi tells me I need to go to a good class – do these exist in Melbourne/
Some useful links I’ve found, so far:
- QQ for Linux – QQ is the Chinese version of ICQ, that pretty much everyone there uses. Though MSN seems to be a lot popular these days (compared to what, 2.5-3 odd years ago)
- ChinesePod – podcasts to help? Well, maybe here’s a reason to use an iPod again…
- I saw this thread on the Ubuntu Forums, but it doesn’t really address anything of requirement