Learn Chinese Resources
Thank you for your interest in learning Chinese and visiting our resources page. Please click the links below for some resources that will help you learn the Chinese language.
Congratulations on choosing to learn one of the most prominent Asian languages of the 21st century. Learning Chinese has become the new linguistic pursuit in schools throughout NYC. The possibilities with the language seem limitless, but where to start learning Chinese? What is the most efficient way of learning about the Chinese language and culture?
Learning Chinese, as with learning any Asian language, will take dedication and the ability to open your mind to a new way of thinking. Although it seems cheaper at first, it’s not recommended to focus your efforts on learning Chinese with just computer software. Even if someone thinks they’ve mastered the pronunciation of “wo” or “I”, try speaking to a Chinese person, you could easily get the tone wrong.
Although we recommend taking group classes and private lessons, we’ve also created a Chinese language resources page for everyone looking to get a feel for the language. There’s a plethora of Chinese language resources on the web these days, but we’ve chosen to highlight a few worthy websites, and also create language resources of our own (please see the hyperlinks at the top of the page).
We’ve split up our language articles into 4 groups:
1 – Pinyin and pronunciation 2 – Characters 3 – Greetings 4 – Conversation
Pinyin and pronunciation
- Basics for Pronounciation and the Four Tones
- The Chinese Pronunciation System (Pin Yin) – Initials
- Mandarin Consonants
- Watch out! Pronouncing Chinese Correctly and Common Mistakes
- Chinese Punctuation Guide
- Understanding Chinese Characters (Hanzi)
- Writing Chinese Characters – Stroke Order and Types
- Traditional and Simplified Characters – Learn Chinese
- Learning Chinese: Greetings in Daily Life (打招呼 (da3 zhao1hu0)
- Learning Chinese – Necessary Phrases to Learn for any Beginner
- Learn Chinese NYC – The Chinese Pronunciation System (Pin Yin) – Initials
- Dialects in Chinese – Is Mandarin Dominant?
- Chengyu – Chinese Idioms – Cultural Facets
- Chinese Speaking Patterns: Ordering in a Restaurant
- BUYING AND BARGAINING IN CHINESE – 讨价还价
- How to Address Someone in Chinese, with Cultural Explanations
This website is good for learning basic Chinese. One of the advantages to learning Chinese with this website is it just doesn’t focus on single vocabulary words, but also sentences. It also has this unique “loop” function, which makes sure words you’ve memorized will be repeated for you. There are a lot of functions available even in the free account.
If you can get over the flashy ads on the website, this site is good for general flashcard exercises. You can choose on the website whichever vocabulary you’re currently studying, and then enter it into their flash card program. They make sure to add a lot of special features with their premium account, including stroke order, voice, etc.
This website is very simple but very useful for learning basic vocabulary in Chinese. Just point to the image of the vocab word, it will display both the characters and the pinyin for the word.
When looking for a good dictionary for Chinese, one of the most useful features is the ability to hand write a character. For the above Yellowbridge link, they have a dictionary that has “hand recognition” software for any Chinese character you’re trying to look up.
This dictionary allows you to choose a radical in a character, and then search for the character itself. It also lays out all the characters by pinyin pronunciation, which is useful for a Chinese learner who has mastered pinyin.
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