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    Chinese learning resouorces

    I've been studying Mandarin for a while. Here is a collection of useful (and free) resources that i found. Hopefully, it will help some people with learning Chinese. Some of this can be used for learning Cantonese and Japanese also.


    BACKGROUND:
    http://www.chinese-outpost.com/language/ If you're a beginner, read all of this. I found it most helpful when i started.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_character The history and development of chinese characters in the world - Hanzi, Hanja, Kanji.


    TOOLS:
    http://www.yellowbridge.com/ A really useful and versatile dictionary. Lets you search by criteria such as radicals, strokes and components. Gives you complete information about characters.

    http://www.tigernt.com/cedict.shtml CEDICT, or "chinese-english dictionary" which has an extensive database, can look up english/pinyin/characters and has japanese version as well.

    http://dltool.sourceforge.net/ Offline dictionary program that lets you copy any text on your computer and translate it to english/chinese. Uses CEDICT and Microfoft.NET and doesn't need to be installed.

    http://www.chinese-forums.com/showthread.php?t=8158 Firefox plugin that lets you translate any characters on Chinese websites by highlighting them (uses adsotrans.com dictionary).


    LEARNING MATERIALS:
    http://www.chinese-tools.com/learn/chinese Basic/intermediate lessons with audio recordings and writing.

    http://www.minmm.com/minc/classes.php Basic/Intermediate lessons with characters, pinyin and audio. Not for absolute beginners.

    http://www.chinesepod.com/podcast/ Audio lessons in mp3 format, kinda like Pimsleur. It's either beginner or hyper advanced.

    http://www.newsinchinese.com/ News in Chinese, with a reeeeally helpful pop-up dictionary to help you read.

    http://www.wku.edu/~yuanh/AudioChinese/ Has a few audio/reading lessons divided by topics.

    http://learn_chinese.ckungfu.com/beginner/index.htm "One sentence a day" and "Online lessons" will be useful for intermediate learner.

    http://orientaler.com/en/china/wenxue/index.php Uber advanced reading/audio lessons taken from actual study books and children's books. I think it should have a pop-up dictionary, but it doesn't work for me.

    Good luck.

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    More resources can be found on this portal website. Some are very useful, others are dead links.

    If you're hardcore, you might wanna look into taking an HSK exam. It's a Mandarin Chinese language proficiency test.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanyu_Shuiping_Kaoshi (about HSK test)
    http://www.hsk.org.cn/english/Default.aspx (official HSK website)

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    found this list on http://www.chinese-forums.com/

    Key
    B – Beginners, sources easily used by beginning students of Mandarin
    I – Intermediate, sources that require some knowledge of Mandarin
    A – Advanced, sources that require high knowledge of Mandarin
    S- Simplified
    T- Traditional


    Study Tools
    • Hanyu College: Animated dialogues, karaoke, radio, and advanced readings (B,I,A) [S]
    • DimSum: offline reading tool with annotation, dictionary (I,A) [S,T]
    • Zhongwen Development Tool: Flashcard maker with multi-function tool (I) [S]

    Dictionaries

    Converters
    Annotators – Online Reading Assitants with Character and Pinyin Pop-up
    • Adsotrans has support for both Simplified and Traditional Chinese [S,T]
    • Popjisyo has text annotation for English, Japanese, Korean and Chinese.

    Text Editors
    • Njstar (PC only) wordprocessor, Version 5.0 has man additional study tools. (I,A) [T,S]
    • Chinese Tools IME allows you to write Chinese Pinyin, online. (B,I)

    Listening

    Reading

    Vocabulary/Flashcard

    Grammar
    [S]

    Other – Technology (
    paid and unpaid)
    • PlecoDict for Palm/PocketPC,$99.95 for version with John deFrancis's excellent ABC dictionary, allows for a instant definition while reading on your PDA - works the best with TealDoc on Palm; excellent full-featured flashcard system (G) [S,T]
    • Wenlin, 249, with academic discounts possible; PC/Mac; includes the ABC dictionary; provides mouse-over pinyin and definitions and unique features such as one-click searches for all characters containing a component or all phrases containing a character. (G) [S,T]

    Other – Other

    Language Partners

    Other – For Fun

    Games


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    Very helpful. Thanks for posting that.
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    I agree with Doc. Excellent!

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    i recently started a blog in order to help students of Chinese. i hope to include idioms, daily expressions, funny expressions, useful sayings that might be used when arguing, pinyin, along with usage explanations.. however, i only began writing it a couple of weeks ago... there are many unfinished parts... in fact, it's just kind of a "frame" right now.

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