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 -
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.
Free online lessons from the "Speak Mandarin Campaign".
Includes daily conversations with audio, business Chinese,
idioms, cultural information and more.
Offers elementary Chinese lessons focusing on grammar,
reading and writing Chinese characters and pronunciation.
Includes sections on "Learning Chinese Online",
"Chinese Dictionary", "Chinese Schools",
"Chinese Symbols and Characters" and more.
About.com's typically informative coverage of chinese
A free online course for learning Chinese. Offers 15 topic-based
units of instruction including audio. Good work.
Various resources for learning Chinese including pronunciation,
conversation, grammar, reading, writing and more.
Survival Chinese lessons with audio conversations enabling
you to listen to model Chinese dialogues.
Free online chinese lessons, focusing mainly on phonics
and basic vocabulary.
- OTHER -
Features YourDictionary.com's online Chinese-English dictionary
as well as a comprehensive list of other Chinese and Sino-Tibetan
language dictionary sites.
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
Provides a wealth of tools for Chinese users such as calendars,
dictionaries, flashcards, software and so on, but without
offering any actual lessons.
Portal for learning Chinese language and culture including
a Chinese-English dictionary, resources for learning Chinese
characters, Chinese-English literature and more. No actual