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Resources / 学习资源 / 學習資源

Postby OldBoring » 2014-10-14, 14:45

This thread is a categorized list of useful resources about Chinese language.

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Online courses

Chinese English Dictionary and Study Center (schnaz)
A Mandarin course with phrasebooks, a dictionary, games, audio flashcards, etc.

TAC 2012 Group - Chinese (Mandarin) (by hlyslan, mentioned by azhong)
A Mandarin dialogue course written by hlyslan, explained in detail. Only two lessons, of which the second is incomplete.

Wenlin (yersi, azhong)
A software for learning Chinese, with focus on stroke order and more.

Sexy Mandarin (russman51)
Sexy Mandarin video courses. It is a bit unconventional but gave a very good explanation of the meaning and enunciation of the tones.
It's a bit risque, nothing over the top but I wouldn't recommend looking at it on a work computer lol.

Cantonese Comprehensive Grammar (Querubín)
The companion website for Yip and Matthews' Cantonese Comprehensive Grammar. It basically just has a bunch of example sentences they couldn't fit in the book (having exceeded the page limit the publishers said they would print), with interlinear glosses and recordings. Installing Quicktime® is recommended for running the recordings in-browser. (Lada)
A very interesting course which seems a good start.
It's available in major European languages, the promo lesson is here on youtube.


Lonely Planet Mandarin Phrasebook (vijayjohn)

Follow Me Learning Chinese (跟我学中文) (vijayjohn)
A videotape + textbook series from Learning Express, Inc. (学习快车).

Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio (Eastern Publications) (vijayjohn)
Pretty useful for reading Traditional Chinese.

How to Learn Mandarin: Tips for Beginners (ChrisM123)
Here is a fairly new one, currently available for free on the Kindle store ("How to Learn Mandarin: Tips for Beginners").


YellowBridge Mandarin Chinese - English Dictionary (Pangu)
You can search via Chinese character (Hanzi), Pinyin or English meaning. It shows you all kind of information about the character, including an animated stroke order.

nciku (Satsuma)
An okay online dictionary. A bit painful to navigate.

漢典 (zdic) (null)
The No.1 Chinese - Chinese online dictionary.

海词 (dict) (null)
A cool Chinese - English dictionary.

有道词典 (youdao) (null)
Yet another cool Chinese - English dictionary.

必应词典 (Bing Dictionary) (null)
A Chinese - English dictionary from Microsoft China. (null)
A Dictionary of English - Chinese - Japanese Technical terms, with 603,714 terms in stock. (null)
Zhengzhou University - English - Chinese Dictionary of Technical terms. 750,269 English terms, 744,542 Chinese terms, 805,139 user-defined terms

Kingsoft Dictionary (null)

Hablaa (linguistixx)
It is a dictionary that offers translations for many many different languages, including simplified chinese and also traditional chinese. (Youngfun)
Taiwan Mandarin dictionary published by the Ministry of Education of Taiwan. (Querubín)
Cantonese dictionary, made by volunteers.

10-Language Dictionary of Chinese Characters (Núria Harket)

Sentence parsers

Chinese Reading Assstant at Unilang (schnaz)

MDBG Translate (Querubín)
A useful sentence parser (i.e. it divides words and gives you glosses and readings). Beware it sometimes doesn't divide words correctly. (Querubín)
Cantonese word parser.

Tools (Youngfun)
Converts between simplified / traditional characters. (Youngfun)
Converts hanzi to pinyin. (Youngfun)
Converts the numbers in pinyin to diacritics (e.g. jin1 shan1 -> jīn shān)
These three useful tools from iCiba are located in the same website, you just have to click on the menu to go to the other tools.

搜狗词库 (Sogou word bank) (null)
By far the largest collection of Chinese words and phrases, altogether 32,958,382 words (well, not all of them are words) in stock. They are expansion packs to add vocabulary to the Sogou IME.

Phonology (schnaz, azhong)
Here Professor DK Jordan addresses the "phonologically sophisticated" {and others].

Chinese characters (Meera)
YouTube video. She teaches how to read some of the basic Chinese characters and it helped me understand the concept of it better so it might be good for a beginner of Chinese. (linguistixx)
This is a fun resource for people interested about Chinese tattoos. (linguistixx)
For flashcards.
Chinese characters etymology.

Practical Chinese Reader Books I-V (vijayjohn)

Tuttle Learning Chinese Characters (vijayjohn)
Pretty cool and useful for learning Chinese characters.

Chinese Characters: their origin, etymology, classification and signification (vijayjohn)
Much more thorough and useful to learn Chinese characters even though it's also a lot more boring if you're not already into Chinese character etymologies.

Chinese by Jerry Norman
The Languages of China by S. Robert Ramsey
Books about the Chinese writing system.

Literature (schnaz)
三字經 (san1 zi4 jing1 - Three-Character Classic) text, English translation and commentaries.

Search engines

Baidu 百度 (Satsuma)
Chinese search engine, pretty similar to Google. It also has an online encyclopedia (see 百度百科 Baidu Baike below) and a forum (see baidu tieba below).


Baidu Baike 百度百科 (Satsuma)
An online encyclopedia by Baidu that is reminiscent of Chinese Wikipedia.

Chinese Wikipedia (Satsuma)
A note about Chinese Wikipedia, if you want to make it so that it displays only either Simplified or Traditional, instead of its usual messy mixture, hover over what says 不转换 on the top-left, and then select your preferred style. Keep in mind you'll have to do this for every article.

互动百科 (null)
By far the Largest Chinese Encylopdia in the world, with 6.81 million entries, 7.21 million illustrations and 6.87 billion characters (Sept., 2012).

搜搜百科 (null)
The 3rd Largest Chinese Encylopdia.

China's Food Wiki (null)
124,859 entries


Youku 优酷
Tudou 土豆
You can watch entire Chinese series or movies on these websites.

Forums (Satsuma)
Great forum for learning about all things Chinese.

天涯 (Tianya) (maxtung)
Forum in Chinese about all kinds of topics.

Baidu tieba (cangying)
Baidu's forums (in Chinese). Each forum has the topic as its name, so you search a topic to access its forum. (linguistixx)
Language forum for Chinese, Japanese, German, French, Hindi and more. (hitthesun)
It's helpful with written Chinese, you can get your Chinese corrected quickly, by which you learn from your own mistakes.

Blogs (azhong)
Afol's blog for beginners. (in German) (linguistixx)
This is a nice little homepage for learners of the Chinese language. it does provide flashcards for the most used 500 chinese characters and it always provides stroke order diagrams for these. However, it is in german, therefore not suited for everyone :=)

Social networks

Renren 人人 (Satsuma)
A Mainland clone of Facebook. Tell your Chinese friends to add you on Renren, and they'll be impressed!

新浪微博 (Sina Weibo) (maxtung)
A Mainland clone of Twitter.


Douban 豆瓣 (Satsuma)
Site for reviewing books, movies, TV shows, and music.

Douban FM (Satsuma)
For listening to music. (I think) it's mostly independent music, which is good if you ever want to listen to some modern Chinese music, but are tired of pop music. It occasionally plays foreign (i.e. not Chinese) music. (null)
An Encylopdia of Embrassments. (null)
Mtime (时光网), China's own IMDB. (linguistixx)
One of the most popular Chinese homepages, offering news in Chinese, Games, etc.
Websites about anime, like niconico in Japan.There you can learn some Chinese internet slangs.^^

Other resources (linguistixx)
Great resources for studying Chinese. Offers plenty of tools, some dictionaries, a pretty good forum, name translations, and so on.

Resources for Studying Chinese (Youngfun)
A section of with many resources for Chinese.

WordReference Chinese resources (Youngfun)
A sticky thread of WordReference Chinese forum with a list of many resources. (księżycowy)
A website with a lot of free online resources for learning Chinese.

Chinese Learning Blog for Serious Learners (Núria Harket)

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