Resources for Learning Mandarin Chinese

The following is a list of quality, free resources for learning Chinese on the Internet. This list is intentionally concise - sites are placed purely on merit and represent an up-to-date shortlist of the best sites currently available for learning Chinese online.

    - ONLINE LESSONS -

  • www.bbc.co.uk/languages/chinese/real_chinese/
    Lively 10-part video series for learning Mandarin Chinese with dialogues, topic-based units, pronunciation, vocabulary and so on. Also has a nice design as well as a friendly, impressive user experience. Excellent.
  • mandarin.org.sg/html/learn_mandarin/default.htm
    Free online lessons from the "Speak Mandarin Campaign". Includes daily conversations with audio, business Chinese, idioms, cultural information and more.
  • www.chinese-outpost.com/language/
    Offers elementary Chinese lessons focusing on grammar, reading and writing Chinese characters and pronunciation.
  • chineseculture.about.com/od/chineselanguage/
    Includes sections on "Learning Chinese Online", "Chinese Dictionary", "Chinese Schools", "Chinese Symbols and Characters" and more.
  • chineseculture.about.com
    About.com's typically informative coverage of chinese culture.
  • www.csulb.edu/~txie/ccol/content.htm
    A free online course for learning Chinese. Offers 15 topic-based units of instruction including audio. Good work.
  • www.csulb.edu/~txie/online.htm
    Various resources for learning Chinese including pronunciation, conversation, grammar, reading, writing and more.
  • www.wku.edu/~yuanh/AudioChinese/
    Survival Chinese lessons with audio conversations enabling you to listen to model Chinese dialogues.
  • www.minmm.com/classroom/TOC.html
    Free online chinese lessons, focusing mainly on phonics and basic vocabulary.

    - OTHER -

  • www.yourdictionary.com/languages/sinotibe.html
    Features YourDictionary.com's online Chinese-English dictionary as well as a comprehensive list of other Chinese and Sino-Tibetan language dictionary sites.
  • www.clavisinica.com/
    This is commercial software but possibly very useful. Allows users to input any Chinese document and simply click on a character to see its English definition, pinyin pronunciation, and the meaning of its compound, with a further click yielding "a wealth of lexical information about the word's underlying structure". A useful time-saving tool.
  • www.mandarintools.com
    Provides a wealth of tools for Chinese users such as calendars, dictionaries, flashcards, software and so on, but without offering any actual lessons.
  • www.zhongwen.com
    Portal for learning Chinese language and culture including a Chinese-English dictionary, resources for learning Chinese characters, Chinese-English literature and more. No actual lessons.