Chinese 101

Top Resources for Learning Chinese

Learn Chinese with these useful resources from around the web.

There’s never been a better time to learn a language. No matter your age or experience, a plethora of tools and resources are available to get you started or help you improve your language skills.

Best of all, many of these resources are completely free.

Check out the links below to jump-start your Chinese.

General

Omniglot - Basic overview of Chinese with alphabet and useful links
Wikipedia - Overview of the Chinese language

Free Courses

Foreign Service Institute (via 101 Languages) - Chinese Standard course
Peace Corps - Introductory Chinese language course

Amazon - Chinese language learning materials
Chinese Class 101 - Modern learning suite with audio and video lessons
Pimsleur - Comprehensive Chinese course based on the Pimseleur method
Rocket Languages - Premium Chinese language course
Udemy - Online Chinese courses from experts

Phrases

Defense Language Institute - Mandarin language survival kit basic guide
Loecsen - Basic Chinese phrases for travel with audio and illustrations
Surface Languages - Basic Chinese phrases with audio
Wikivoyage - Simplified Chinese travel phrases (no audio)
Wikivoyage - Traditional Chinese travel phrases (no audio)

Dictionaries and Translation

Bab.la - Chinese-English online dictionary
Bab.la - English-Chinese online dictionary
Google Translate - Translate to and from Chinese Simplified
Google Translate - Translate to and from Chinese Traditional
Remembr.it Chinese - Online Chinese-English Dictionary

Grammar and Vocabulary

Antosch & Lin - Chinese audio flashcard system
Forvo - Collection of Chinese words pronounced by native speakers
Wikipedia - Chinese grammar
Memrise - Spaced repetition site and app for learning Chinese vocabulary
Verbix - Chinese verb conjugation tool
http://www.zein.se/patrick/3000char.html - The 3000 most common Chinese characters in order of frequency

Video

Chinese Class 101 - Modern learning suite with audio and video lessons
TED - Watch TED talks with Chinese (Simplified) subtitles and transcripts
TED - Watch TED talks with Chinese (Traditional) subtitles and transcripts
Yabla - Learn Chinese with interactive videos
YouTube - Search videos for learning Chinese

Radio and Podcasts

Social Media

Meetup - List of Chinese language meetups worldwide
Reddit - /r/chinese subreddit for learning Chinese
Reddit - /r/chineseLanguage subreddit for learning Chinese

Books

Children's Library - Children's books in Chinese (Simplified)
Children's Library - Children's books in Chinese (Traditional)
Project Gutenberg - Download or read Chinese language books online for free
Wikivoyage - Simplified Chinese travel phrases (no audio)
Wikivoyage - Traditional Chinese travel phrases (no audio)

News

Other Resources

FluentU - Mandarin Chinese Language and Culture Blog

Articles and Opinion

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