A Very Concise and Powerful Method
(In The Featured Image: Nanjing Road, Shanghai, China by moerschy)
chinese-tools.com is for me the clearest, the easiest and straightforward method of chinese that I have ever used. It is clear, clean, and simple in use. Again, it is my personal opinion.
It provides everything: a down to earth material that it suitable for beginners, and especially those who want to travel to China and be able to communicate a bit.
It covers the most frequent language situations, basic but important Chinese characters and audio recordings.
Very important, all the lessons are in the form of a dialogue.
The only drawback in my view is the lack of interactive or printable exercises. This is how I would like to contribute to the popularity of that website, as well as of the Chinese language learning.
This is how I learn chinese, by doing interactive exercises for chinese-tools.com
Chinese Tools Lesson 18 (Family, Professions)