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How can I find a suitable-level Chinese class in Beijing?

It looks like I'm moving to Beijing Jiaotong University, and I'm seeking Chinese courses at my level. My reading level is around 三年级 (grade-3 level) and speaking level is probably less than that (...
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Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese

This is a specifically created Community Wiki which gathers resources for learning Mandarin Chinese and it has been approved by the Community itself. It should be clear that the resources are not ...
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Good resources that complement HelloChinese?

I've been learning Mandarin using HelloChinese and Pleco flashcards for a month now. I've been noticing that HelloChinese doesn't bother to explain some concepts that I've found through googling such ...
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Chinese stroke order diagram styles resources

I'm looking for a resource online that shows the stroke orders of a character in just one box for my Anki flashcards on my phone. The format should look something like this (unfortunately it's Kanji ...
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Resource request: Hainanese dictionaries

What are the available Hainanese (海南話) dictionaries? In particular, dictionaries of the Wenchang (文昌) dialect. If those are not available, dictionaries of the Haikou (海口) dialect are also fine. If ...
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Where to find questions from the imperial exam?

I have found various pages with questions from the last imperial exam in 1904. This one seems most practical. Given the immense importance of the event, I hope that more records of (prior) exams ...
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What is Alex and John Dent-Young's translation of this passage of the Water Margin?

I have this passage from the Water Margin which is quoted in the Treasury of Laughs 话说鲁智深剃度五台山,一日回到丛林选佛场中禅床上,扑倒头便睡。上下肩两个禅和子推他起来,说道:“使不得。既要出家,如何不学坐禅?”智深道:“洒家自睡,干你甚事?”禅和子道:“善哉!”智深裸袖道:“团鱼洒家也吃,甚么‘鳝哉’?”...
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Help with tones?

Before I jump into the question, a bit of context for my situation: I'm in Mandarin 1 currently in HS, about 7 months in from the beginning of the school year, and I'm having some problems. According ...
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What are good resources for Chinese calligraphy?

Pen writing and brush writing is also welcome. If possible, I hope you can give your evaluate for these resourses. I have heard 灵飞经 is a good copybook. Are there something close to that?
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Chinese vocabulary resources - 中文材料

I'm looking for websites that can provide me with a lot useful resources for Chinese technical vocabulary, glossaries and so forth. Some great websites along the lines of CTM, old terms, taoism, old ...
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Does anyone know of a good prescriptive mandarin writing style guide

I am trying to find an excellent book on how to write mandarin well, something analogous to (in the English-speaking world) The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, or On Writing ...
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Games to learn Chinese with?

I’ve been looking online for the bigger part of a day in search of roleplaying games in Chinese for helping me learn it more efficiently. I also asked my girlfriend (Chinese) to help me find a game ...
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Useful resources for learning Taiwanese?

My girlfriend is from Fujian and speaks 闽南语, so I am trying to learn so I can communicate with her family better. The struggle is finding any useful resources (even in Chinese), so I'm wondering if ...
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Are there any fora for conversing in Classical Chinese?

This is not to say my Classical Chinese has progressed anywhere near a level such that I could converse. But I have found such fora amazingly useful in Ancient Greek. You start wondering how to ...
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Aid programs to study Chinese?

I realize this is not a grammar question but it is language-related. Apologies in advance if it's too far off-topic. I have been studying Chinese on my own off and on and am wondering what aid ...
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Pinyin tones pronunciation cheat sheet

I've just started taking Chinese lessons, and I've been trying to find a "cheat sheet" for pinyin pronunciation. All the sites I've found is either incomplete (only having some tones), only having the ...
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What's the joke about Guanhua in Ticklish Tales Contiuned by Xiaoshi Daoren?

Chinese History: A New Manual, Fifth Edition by Endymion Wilkinson has a little note that says: For a longer joke about a junior official with poor guanhua skills, see Xitan xulu 嘻談續錄 (Ticklish ...
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bkrs Chinese dictionary?

I’ve seen that some users like to refer to a dictionary called bkrs (or: 大 БКРС) in their comments. I’ve been on the website (https://bkrs.info), but since I don’t know Russian, I don’t understand it. ...
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Where to look for history and etymology of Chinese characters? For example 工

Is there a website where I can look for history and etymology of Chinese characters? For example 工. It can be a Chinese website (I am VERY new to Chinese). But better in English. Please also drop ...
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Complete end-to-end reference guide

I was wondering if there is for chinese language a web site similar to the following made for japanese language: http://www.imabi.net http://www.guidetojapanese.org They are both a reference for ...
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Is there any compilation/resources/dictionaries on the transformations of how simplified characters came to be?

I had the same question as the OP of What is the story or reason of how 龙 came from 龍? and I like visuals given by Stan. The hardest part for me in Chinese is remembering the strokes of these ...
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“躋春臺” PDF version?

Wikisource has a copy of 躋春臺 (or "Mounting Spring Platform" as I've seen it crudely translated before) online. It is missing rare characters though. Here is one example: 《四川方言词源》has the entry 𥕢门 ...
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Advice on Mandarin Chinese passive learning

What are the best Chinese online TV channels with English subtitles for passive Mandarin learning. I find Chinese a rather musical language and would love to watch subbed TV (news, documentaries, ...
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Books/websites for learning Chinese business letters

Does anyone know/recommend books/websites for learning to write business letters in Chinese?
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Is there any news website that shows English translation side-by-side?

I'm looking for any news websites (or better, WeChat's 订阅号) that show English translation side-by-side. There is a Japanese version of 人民网, but I'm looking for such news agency that show the English ...
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Jean Pasqualini's book Prisonnier de Mao

I found this citation in wiki: Jean Pasqualini's book Prisonnier de Mao: "Prison is not prison, but a school for learning about one's mistakes" I wonder if it is a Chinese slogan of ...
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How can I get exposure to mandarin usage and pronounciation?

I have been taking Mandarin classes at university. Due to illness I have missed a lot and fallen way behind. Now I wish to continue learning on my own. I find it very hard to remember the characters. ...
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Reliable source for Chinese translation of Pali Canon Jataka tales (佛传故事/佛傳故事)?

Slightly different sort of question for everyone today, hope someone can point me in the right direction. I'm trying to do research on the Buddhist Jataka tales, originally written in the Pali Canon. ...
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Sites with big collection of ebooks in chinese language, but western titles mostly

Want to know sites where one can download ebook in different formats in chinese. Interested in those resources with western titles (chinese editions) mostly. Out-of-copyright edition of western ...
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Resources for learning Cantonese

I'd like to learn Cantonese. Does anyone know some good resources (books, websites) that provide a thorough introduction into the language? I know that the pronunciation is a lot harder than in ...
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News video/audio with transcripts (or consistent subtitles)

I sometimes watch the news on the CCTV LIVE youtube channel to improve my listening comprehension. Sometimes they provide subtitles in Chinese, and sometimes they don't. This is fine if I'm just ...
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Hanban/HSK Official Website Resources Download

Does anybody know where to find the most recent HSK test materials, especially the vocabulary lists to download? I have checked the official site, but the 资料下载 'button' doesn't work UPDATE: Found it....
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Questions about a website: 作文把

I have stumbled upon the following website: http://www.zuowen8.com/. It seems to contain a daily-updated listing of school students' essays, categorized into groups. I figured out it would be good ...
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Are there any dictionaries that show the relative frequency of 多音字?

Some characters have multiple pronunciations (多音字), but often some pronunciations are much more common. For example, 吗 is almost always used as a question particle pronounced ma, but occasionally it ...
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Where can I find “A Course of Lessons in Spoken Mandarin” ( 《华英联珠分类集成》)?

孔夫子旧书网 is selling "A Course of Lessons in Spoken Mandarin" ( 《华英联珠分类集成》) for 13000.00元. I'm not sure who has that kind of dough to drop on a book, but it's certainly not me. Some have used it to ...
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Which Mandarin learning textbooks have the largest amount of practical exercises?

I recently bought "Integrated Chinese Level 1 Part 1" (Traditional Characters version) after some recommendations on a few language blogs and have worked through a few chapters. I feel that it's ...
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translation of simple excel formula

hi does anyone know of any websites that lists simple excel formula in chinese? e.g. “=sum” --> 把所有选项加起来 “=CONCATENATE” --> 把所有选项融为一体 i'm trying to teach my china colleagues some simple excel ...
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Learning resources for Minjiang dialect (岷江话)?

岷江话 岷江话,又称为岷江小片,是四川话的一个分支,主要分布于四川盆地西南部岷江流域及长江两岸,同时在盆地中部分布有一个由西充、盐亭、射洪三县组成的方言岛。岷江话的主要特征是入声保留,独立成调,拥有一套仅用于入声字的紧元音韵母,在部分地区还保留有喉塞音韵尾,因而并不符合“入声归阳平”这一《中国语言地图集》中划定西南官话的标准。在《中国语言地图集》中,...
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Media Source for “Natural” Sounding Mandarin Chinese

I've been looking to improve my Chinese pronunciation and listening skills. When looking at most tv dramas and textbook dialogues, however, I can't help but notice that tones and pitches tend to be ...
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Where can I find a good resource for writing work-related emails in Chinese? [closed]

I have some Chinese coworkers and I would like to email them more often in Chinese, but I don't know a lot of phrases and conventions for writing emails in Chinese, especially asking information for ...
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Are there other similar Mandarin Chinese radio plays? [closed]

I used to listened to this Buddhist stories radio play (空中结缘) some time ago. It's aired weekly by RTHK/香港电台 and apart from the recitations from Buddhist scriptures, I think the dialog parts are pretty ...
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Learning traditional Chinese characters [closed]

I am keen to learn more on traditional Cchinese characters for reading and writing. Which site should I go to for basic learning?
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Where to find graduated text/books? [closed]

Where can I find texts/books with a lower vocabulary range (1000 words) for preparing an HSK exam or see more often the most used words.
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Information about the Nantong dialect

I want to learn the dialect spoken in Nantong. Are there any resources to help me?
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Descriptive / generative grammar of Mandarin?

Does anyone know where I can find a descriptive grammar and a generative grammar of Mandarin, in English or French?
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What readers are available at the 1,000 word level? [duplicate]

I want to improve my reading and grammar skills by finding interesting things to read. What graded readers, basic textbooks, magazines, and other reading materials are available for adult students who ...
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Any Chinese-English economics and business related vocab list online?

Apologies to those who are irritated by resource request questions. What would you recommend to brush up and expand economics and business related vocabulary? Ideally I am looking for something that ...
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Chinese TV shows with northern Chinese accents [closed]

I'd like to gain more exposure to northern Chinese accents. I feel their vocabulary, speed of talking, and even which idioms they use are very different from the rest of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. ...
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How can I convert Chinese characters sketched with my mouse, into computerised characters?

Are there any websites or resources analogous to Detextify for maths? Presently, I do not know (but desire to learn) how to type Chinese characters.
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Chinese characters by sound similarity

Serveral chinese characters sound extremely similarly to me, not only because of their vowel's tone, but, often, also because of their starting consonants. For example, I find it's very difficult to ...