Resources for Learning Chinese

Recommended websites for learning Chinese Language and Culture

Composed by Dr. Dali Tan

 Fundamentals of the Chinese characters:

http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=0300109458

http://www.uvm.edu/~chinese/characters/   (complete materials available)

Animation for character introduction:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emXw0pgrrlY&feature=PlayList&p=4B365C23E0FF9ED5&index=19

Site for a variety of learning Chinese Resources:

http://www.uni.edu/becker/chinese2.html

http://themandarincenter.org/frontpage

  Learn and remember Chinese characters:

http://www.minmm.com/
Chinese characters animation (all the characters from Integrated Chinese (good to use to practice your stroke orders)

http://www.usc.edu/dept/ealc/chinese/character/index.html

A good site to practice and improve your Chinese reading.  Reading materials are divided into different levels with a variety of exercises.

http://readchinese.nflc.org/

Signs in China

https://chineseclassresources.osu.edu/index.cfm?fuseaction=collections.seeCollection&CollectionID=12b87595-d0d2-4b21-ba7d-41520afd54c6

Dictionaries

http://www.nciku.cn

http://www.mandarintools.com/- online Chinese tools

http://www.lexiconer.com/ – simplified and traditional

News Media

  1. www.worldjournal.com
  2. www.ktsf.com (San Francisco Chinese TV station)
  3. www.ttv.com.tw – Taiwan TV
  4. http://Chinalinks.osu.edu –links for Chinese resources

Watch a Foreigner speaks Chinese:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzzpQWSU354&feature=related

Watch Native Speakers speak Chinese:

http://www.laits.utexas.edu/orkelm/chinese/index.html

A Good Chinese Grammar site:

Chinese Unmasked: Grammatical Principles and Applications

The link is http://books.google.com/books?id=ht_x2NNbWrAC&pg=SA1-PA2&lpg=SA1-PA2&dq=pronounce+yao+for+chinese+number+1&source=bl&ots=gVHcvrHNDn&sig=LuRRoOhbbaHNInJ_dtai2zHu31w&hl=en&ei=K1M_S8niHtLDlAf6mtSfBw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBAQ6AEwADgK#v=onepage&q=&f=false

Chinese language and Culture

  1. http://www.hsm.com.cn/ (中国桥网) – news in Chinese
  2. http://www.zhongwen.com/ – reading, vocabulary, news, dictionary, history, FAQ
  3. http://www.mandarintools.com/– online Chinese tools
  4. www.langnet.org/  – Read Chinese/contents/learn/strategies..
  5. www.ChinaonTV.com/ – in English on China’s history, contemporary Chinese life…
  6. www.signese.com/  (1000 photos of street signs in Beijing)
  7. www.chineseculture.com/ – resources for Chinese culture in English
  8. http://kids.yam.com/edu9/– for children in Taiwan
  9. http://culture.edu.tw/ – Chinese culture from Taiwan
  10. www.quia.com/web  – create classroom games and activities
  11. www.iqChinese.com (Chinese teaching and learning starting kit)
  12. http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/chinese/ – interactive website
  13. www.MyEcoach.com  – to create nit templates. Great website for creating projects – a guide on the procedures on how to make a project for students
  14. http://www.clavisinica.com/voices.html/ – short essays on topics on life in today’s china
  15. www.Chinesepod.com/ – downloads for podcasting