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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 ...
The only online dictionary database I can find is 《新华字典》. It is a Microsoft Access database containing 20823 characters. You can run a query on the database and search for "方言" in the "xiangjie"(详解) column. There are shortcomings however, 20823 characters may not be comprehensive enough, and it usually doesn't tell you which dialect the character is used in. ...
I think these are the somewhat basic terms and you probably will hear them quite often. Listed in http://www.hxen.com/word/changyong/2009-01-04/65060.html 经济学词汇 A accounting:会计 accounting cost :会计成本 accounting profit :会计利润 adverse selection :逆向选择 allocation 配置 allocation of resources :资源配置 allocative efficiency :配置效率 antitrust legislation ...
By now, on the second anniversary of your question, I should think it safe to assume you've got it all figured out. It is a good question though, which many beginners probably have. Since this is my first post and I lack reputation, I may post no more than two links. Thus, here are my two favorite browser-based pinyin cheat-sheets: ...
Try 新闻酸菜馆 For some reasons, mainland Chinese do not have much existence on podcast, but you can find tons of fine broadcasts on another app, 荔枝FM (you have to search in Chinese with that though.).
Try out http://www.cantoneease.com Just type the Chinese Characters in Traditional Chinese. The reading will be displayed along with tone contour.
There are many websites like PopupChinese or ChinesePod as well as textbooks or HSK practice exams with companion CDs that have beginner appropriate dialogues. One big list of listening materials is here: http://resources.hackingchinese.com/t/Listening. With the online sites you often need to pay additional money for a premium membership in order to ...
http://www.sexymandarin.com is suitable for beginners… I haven't got anything good for exam preparation but if u wanna learn it in depth it's better to find a native speaker and listen to him speaking
Surprised no one mentioned Pimsleur ... http://www.amazon.com/Pimsleur-Chinese-Cantonese/dp/0743500172 I took 1 year of Cantonese at my Jr. College back in 2001. These audio CD's could help a BIT with pronunciation, but there really is no replacement for native speakers and conversation (over dim sum?)
Some resources for learning Cantonese, Good starter sites: cantonese.ca - This has a good collections of beginner words in useful categories. cantonesehq.com - This site has some tips and tricks for beginner and a collection of mnemonics for absolute beginners. Best online dictionary: cantonese.sheik.co.uk/ - best online dictionary for cantonese ...
hot weibo should be a good alternative, you can read it by different categories.
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