Chinese Resources

Grammar:

Vocabulary & Flashcards:

  • Allset Learning Pinyin App: App (for ipad) that shows the pinyin chart with zomm-able and pan-able features (This link connects you to the iTunes store)
  • Anki: A powerful tool (flash cards) to review vocabularies.
  • BBC Languages - Chinese: Large online resource for language learning that offers traditional step-by-step learning, vocabulary resources, as well as multimedia tools. (signup not needed)
  • Best Chinese Websites: A creative website from the University of Northern Iowa. It has plenty of useful resources and links.
  • Chinese Flashcards- YellowBridge: “YellowBridge Chinese Flashcards are designed to help students memorize as many Chinese characters as possible” Many different levels of pre-made flash cards sorted by textbook, complete with instant dictionary lookup, and correct pronunciation
  • Chinese - Free Mandarin Chinese Flash cards: available both online and as printable PDF files
  • Chinese with Mike: Lessons are delivered through short videos; currently has released over 60 videos of about 10 minutes each.
  • FluentU: This website uses popular video clips and short movies to help student learn Chinese in a very visual manner. (sign up needed)
  • Foreign Services Institute: Courses are developed by the United States government. Materials are high-quality and designed by professional linguists with the goal of learner fluency.
  • HanziCraft: This program teaches how to write Chinese characters.
  • Jukuu: A database of sentences in English and Chinese. It can be useful to understand the context of a given word.
  • Just Lean Chinese: A Chinese-learning blog that covers short stories, vocabularies, tips, etc.
  • Lang-8: A great resource for improving writing skills. When you post something in the community, some native Chinese speaker will correct your writing and give you feedback. (sign up needed)
  • Learn Chinese - Qingwen App: A great little app that has weekly updated podcasts. Very convenient to learn Chinese while on-the-go (This link connects you to the iTunes store)
  • Mandarin Tools: Tools to assist people in learning and using the Chinese language.
  • Memrise: A flashcard-style language learning program that extends beyond vocabulary to things like history and science. (signup needed and also available in mobile apps)
  • Quizlet: Pre-made flashcards that help practice the pronunciation of characters (covers the lessons included in the textbook “Integrated Chinese”)

Culture:

  • Sing Chinese Songs: For entertainment purposes – for artsy students especially! Lyrics are shown in karaoke style with both Chinese characters and Pinyin.

Dictionary:

  • NCIKU Dictionary: Handwriting Recognition, Vocab Lists - Words automatically saved for you in your page or take them with you by turning them into mp3 files to download, Memorization Tests ; Pinyin with Sound - See and hear pronunciation for all examples and conversations; Conversations - Study, edit and save real-life phrases.
  • Perapera Language Tools: The website has great advices on learning Chinese, Japanese and Korean. It is also a pop-up dictionary and study tool in the manner of extensions for Firefox and Chrome browsers.
  • Pleco: A mobile app that allows one to look up words offline.

News:

  • Marco Polo Project: A website that offers a selection of recent articles from China. Some articles are translated into English. Students can further practice their language skills.