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You should really try WaiChinese. The software if in beta, but they are able to show you the shape of your spoken tone in real-time. Then a teacher will evaluate your pronunciation. Its awesome! waichinese.com
In terms of the individual 漢字 (characters), there's the classic 說文解字 (Shuowen Jiezi) written in the 1st to 2nd century AD, which is the first and the most authoritative Chinese dictionary to attempt to trace the origin and evolution of each character. An online version is available here, or ZDict as mentioned above also contains the Shuowen entry. The ...
辞源 This is the exact book you should refer.
Here's some sites I've look up for you man. Sorry if these are not what your looking for man www.etymonline.com/ www.chineseetymology.org www.yellowbridge.com/chinese/character-etymology.php?zi=國 portal.mandarinportal.com/etymology.php www.zhongwen.com/ portal.mandarinportal.com/etymology.php
I like http://chinese-characters.org It's simple and clear.
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