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Yes. For Mandarin (Simplified Chinese): The Contemporary Chinese Dictionary (现代汉语词典): This one is for words and phrases. They have a version in both Chinese and English. Xinhua Dictionary (新华字典): this is for Chinese characters. Also available in both English and Chinese. I'm not too familiar with traditional dictionaries. But 國語日報辭典 seems pretty popular ...


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Add-ons Perapera Chinese (Firefox, Chrome), an add-on that displays pop-up definitions and pronunciations (including tone marks & color coding) for Chinese characters in the web browser. Zhongwen: A Chinese-English Popup Dictionary (extension for Google Chrome) New Tong Wen Tang (Chrome, Firefox), and add-on which transliterates between simplified and ...


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Online Courses Most of these course also have free podcasts on iTunes, if you want to try them out. Popup Chinese An irreverent and cool take on learning colloquial Mandarin, as well as general Mainland culture and norms. Yoyo Chinese features short video lessons and authentic Mandarin dialogue from unscripted interviews done on the streets of China. One ...


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Websites 3000 Hanzi, a site dedicated to helping people learn to read Chinese (free and subscription). Allset Learning Chinese Grammar Wiki, a site with over 1000 categorized grammatical structures with explanations and examples. Baidu Tieba BliuBliu: n + 1 word reading material with glossary (free and subscription) Canto Dict, Supports Mandarin and ...


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There is an American guy (I think) who teaches people how to speak Taiwanese on Youtube. He even teaches the native Taiwanese people how to speak 闽南语. You can see the videos here. EDIT: Looks like the playlist is dead. This is the guy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJo2OHi6hgs


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Podcasts 慢速中文 Slow Chinese, they provide audio + transcript. Audio can be listened to online or downloaded. 悦读.FM (Happy Reading FM), they provide reading records of selective articles with subtitle. 每日视频新闻, daily Chinese language news podcast found on iTunes. Popup Chinese An irreverent and cool take on learning colloquial Mandarin, as well as general ...


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Language Exchanges Various websites to find language exchange partners, people will meet in person or talk online and help each other learn each others' respective languages. Conversation Exchange My Language Exchange The Mixxer italki /r/TeachEachOther Hua


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Complete rule of tones change is not a simple subject which can be understood just b a list. But there is a simple one I think might be suitable for you. http://www.trinity.edu/sfield/chin1501/ToneChange.html Plus, if you are a foreigner who want learn Chinese without academic purpose, I think it's enough since many Chinese cannot use tones change complete ...


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There is one main difference between children's books and adult foreign textbooks: Adult foreign textbooks are designed to give foreigners the best chance to communicate in simple everyday circumstances. Children's books start with the very basics and require longer to get to the same place, however they provide you a much more solid base and a far wider ...


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Textbooks Colloquial Chinese (1 and 2) by Kan Qian, Routledge: Both books offer dialogues, exercises, texts, grammar highlights, cultural highlights and audio CDs. The first book is for beginners, the second one is intermediate. They are good for self-study. Practical Chinese Reader Beijing Language & Culture University Press New Practical Chinese ...


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Go to the most reliable source -- order the Maryknoll Fathers' set of 3 textbooks with CDs. While it is not exactly comprehensible input in its best form (it's predictible, since it's a book and the order doesn't change), it is the best set of materials currently available, and certainly the most comprehensive. If you have the patience to work through all ...


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Software Free software - The user can make/add their own material to the software Anki 2 (PC, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS), a SRS program for learning. The version 2 comes with new additions. Chinese Flash card decks need to be downloaded or entered by the user. Flashonary (iOS) Flashcard dictionary. Custom flashcards can be created for words based on ...


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Here is a nice short overview on Mandarin tone sandhis: http://web.mit.edu/jinzhang/www/pinyin/tones/index.html If you want to read into the details I have found the following a very good source (from the father of another romanization): "Yuen Ren Chao: A Grammar of Spoken Chinese. University of California Press, Berkeley, 1968, ISBN 0-520-00219-9."


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Television Mandarin News Australia. SBS' Weekly Mandarin language news programme. Full episodes available online. English Subtitles. ≈30min per episode. Also hosts full episodes of CCTV news. Streams Please only post streams you have verified work. If you find a dead link in this list, mark it (cumulatively) with asterisks. If a link has enough ...


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Dictionaries (Online) Han Dian (in Chinese) The most complete dictionary ever available on the Internet. Dict.cn MDBG English-Chinese nciku Wikipedia Wikipedia can actually be used as a dictionary, especially of proper names, historical events, modern culture, etc. Simply go to the English language page on the topic you are interested in and click ...


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Books Chinese Breeze Graded Reader Series (Péking University Press) Many books, many short stories for all levels of Chinese. It's clearly indicated how many words in each book and the level you need to read it. Relatively interesting stories with lots of repetitions to make you practice each word. Definitely worth a try - for beginner to advanced level. ...


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I learned Chinese through children's books as a child. I've suffered from NOT using children's books in other languages. What has happened in those languages is that I've learned a lot of "technical" terms, and can hold my own in "advanced" discussions. Then I trip over some grammar point or some every day phrase that every 10-year old native speaker knows. ...


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I have read some children's books and found that they can be helpful. However, there is one drawback that I've seen, which doesn't apply to textbooks. Some children's books are designed to help children learn to read. However, the assumption is that the children already know how to speak. Thus, the book helps new readers learn characters but assumes they ...


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Apps: EmberMitre's Hanping Chinese Dictionary Pro app. I think it's only for Android. HelloTalk Language Exchange App This App has more than 10,000 native Chinese speakers seeking language exchange partners. It has text and voice exchange mode to count number texts and duration of talks between language partners. Chinese HSK it has several HSK levels with ...


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As a form of Southwestern Mandarin, you can approach the Chongqing dialect with resources designed for Sichuanese in general. The English Wikipedia gives a lot of resources on "Si4cuan1hua4", including a good overview of the phonology, and a introduction to Sichuanese Pinyin. The Chinese Wikipedia gives a little more detail on the Chengdu-Chongqing dialect. ...


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When I was in Jiangsu province (and later, Shanghai), I was interested in learning Shanghainese and other Wu dialects. Unfortunately, there aren't that many resources, and a lot of the ones that do exist are low quality (No IPA, crazy made up romanizations, pronunciations indicated with characters, etc.) Here are a few things I found and my thoughts on them ...


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I think it is a terrible mistake that the website has made, because there is no occasion when qu is pronounced tsʰu in Mandarin. Since you can actually tell the difference between u and ü, things should be easier for you now. You can just memorise that after (pinyin) j, q, x, y, ü is always written as u, and if you see u after j, q, x, y, it's always ...


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Singchinesesongs.com Sing Chinese Songs is a site where you can listen to Chinese music, hovering over the characters of the lyrics you can see the corresponding pinyin/meaning (as shown in the image).


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Xinhua Dictionary is kind of a gold-standard for Chinese dictionaries, similar to the place Merriam-Webster holds in the English-speaking world.


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No. Children's books are written -- not surprisingly -- for little native speakers. These are little people who have an astonishingly broad vocabulary at age three. And that vocabulary includes many words that foreign learners of the language never pick up (or need, really.) What kid doesn't know the sounds that every animal makes, or the words for a bunch ...


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Newspapers 中国日报网 — ChinaDaily.com.cn FT中文网 - Financial Times Chinese 纽约时报中文网 - New York Times - displays articles as English-Chinese parallel text (example)


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I agree with others who say you should work with a native speaker to help you with pronunciation. However, having a grammar book will be immensely helpful as well, since many native speakers are often unaware of their own language's grammar (many will often say "that's just how you say it" without knowing why; I've also heard native speakers assert that ...


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Check out Ethnologue - http://www.ethnologue.com/country/CN/languages . For specific information on each Chinese minority language click on "More information" i.e. for Narua (6b (Threatened). Language of recognized nationality: Mongolian. Sichuan Province speakers assigned to the Mongolian nationality. Language of recognized nationality: Naxi. Yunnan ...


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As xiecheng mentioned, tones changes are very complicated, and there is unfortunately little material on subject. Not that you care to this extent, but one can actually "map" tones using audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net). If you do that, you'll see that tones change a lot when they are in sentences and that how and the extent to which a tone can ...


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For example, you can go to Forvo.com. (You can find the Chinese section at this address; on the right you see the top users that provided most audios.) It's a huge database of words, characters, expressions in any language provided by users. The good thing is there's a lot of stuff, but the down-side is that although some users provided many audios (so you ...



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