Questions tagged [resources]

Questions concerning search and sharing of supplementary resources used in the process of language study: books, articles, links to Web sites, audio and video recordings, corpora, etc. Click on "info" to have more information on how to use this tag.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
116
votes
13answers
33k views

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 ...
15
votes
6answers
1k views

Are children's books a good starting place for beginners?

I was wondering if Chinese children's books might be a good starting place for adult Chinese language newbies (regardless of whether it be Mandarin, Cantonese, Wu, whatever), in particular for ...
14
votes
4answers
6k views

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 ...
13
votes
6answers
11k views

Which website/service can give good example sentences in Chinese? [closed]

Often when learning new words, I want to see them in context. It helps my learning process, and understanding how to properly use new vocab makes it stick in my mind that much more. Does anyone have ...
12
votes
8answers
2k views

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 ...
11
votes
3answers
456 views

When do the tones change?

Sometimes, in certain combinations of tones or words, the tones change. Where can I find a complete list of all tone changes that occur in Mandarin?
10
votes
4answers
332 views

Are there standard dictionaries for Chinese?

Standard dictionaries have had a profound effect on languages like English. They've helped normalize spelling and pronunciation and provide reference for meanings and disambiguation. When thinking of ...
10
votes
4answers
17k views

Where can I find audio recordings of every word? [closed]

Where can I find audio recordings (i.e. individual MP3s or WAVs) for every Chinese word? I have found some recordings of Chinese, but these only contain individual phonemes, not entire words. I am ...
10
votes
4answers
2k views

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 ...
9
votes
2answers
167 views

Does a dictionary exist that goes from full word -> abbreviation? Many only offer abbreviation -> full word

My question is about 简称 ("abbreviations"). The question is simple: where can I find a dictionary that includes abbreviations in its definitions? For example, the NDRC here in Beijing is technically ...
8
votes
2answers
299 views

Where can I find recordings of people reading things now that mp3.baidu.com is dead? [closed]

Baidu's MP3 search engine used to be my first stop when studying anything Chinese. Absurdly, even recordings of relatively rare poetry (for instance) were easy to find. These recordings were not ...
7
votes
5answers
445 views

Informed sources for videos of Chinese movies [closed]

I have gotten two videos of Chinese movies at Amazon and in fact both had Mandarin soundtracks with a choice of Chinese (simplified or traditional) or English subtitles. That is what I wanted. But ...
7
votes
1answer
722 views

Graded Mandarin Chinese podcasts or e-books [closed]

Are there any resources for students of Mandarin Chinese that allow them to listen or read Chinese news or literature in simple versions, preferably in podcast or e-book format respectively? By that ...
7
votes
2answers
334 views

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 ...
6
votes
7answers
5k views

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 ...
6
votes
4answers
6k views

Resources for learning Shanghainese

I'm surprised a question like this hasn't been asked yet. It seems Shanghainese is a dying language and it's rarely spoken. I'd like to know about resources and ways to learn the language by myself. ...
6
votes
1answer
78 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
171 views

Which dictionaries reveal the commonly mistaken usage of a word (i.e. how NOT to use a word)?

I encountered a very useful dictionary eight years ago, but have never been able to find a copy of it because I don't know what it's called. It not only gave examples in context of how to use the ...
6
votes
1answer
4k views

Are there some free fonts for the small seal, large seal, and even oracle bone script styles?

I'm very interested in the old forms of Chinese characters that you still see in many contexts including historical, artistic, and design contexts. So I'm wondering if there are free fonts for these ...
6
votes
5answers
8k views

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....
5
votes
8answers
641 views

Useful sites/services/resources/tools for learning Chinese

As discussed on Meta, I think it would be great to have a collection of sites and resources for learning Chinese, so that we can all benefit from the sites, services and resources that other members ...
5
votes
3answers
1k views

Is 去 (qù) pronunced /tɕʰu/ or /tɕʰy/?

I'm a struggling very beginner having difficulties with both pronunciation and Pinyin. I dabble in linguistics so I'm accustomed to dealing with IPA pronunciations. For this reason I have been ...
5
votes
4answers
307 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
243 views

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
105 views

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
320 views

Resources: Modern Chinese -> Classical Chinese (Dictionary/References/etc.)

There's a similar question here: what are some dictionaries about vocabulary of classical chinese? but I think my question is a little different. For instance if I want to find the classical ...
5
votes
1answer
393 views

Where can I find Codecademy for Written Chinese?

Recently, my wife has been learning to program JavaScript using Codecademy. I like how it walks people through exercises step by step, and builds up concepts, etc. All the marking is automated, and ...
4
votes
3answers
359 views

Which characters typically occur only within names?

Does anyone know where I can find a list of characters that are, at least in common usage, found only as a component of names (especially of persons) in modern Chinese? I have in mind characters such ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

Are there online resources for learning the Chongqing dialect?

I'd like to learn the Chongqing dialect or chongqinghua. If anyone can help me to find resources like phrasebooks, differences with putonghua, or any article on this topic, I would be thankful.
4
votes
4answers
326 views

What comprehensive grammar books are available? [closed]

I have found many grammar books, but none that go beyond the low-intermediate level. Some textbook series contain lots of grammar, but this is spread out across many books and difficult to quickly ...
4
votes
1answer
204 views

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. ...
4
votes
2answers
301 views

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. ...
4
votes
2answers
215 views

Characters for Taiwanese

As far as I know, Cantonese has its associated characters. But as I searched for Taiwanese characters, I only find the pinyin system to indicate the pronunciation of words, such as: 遮雨 jia-hōo/lia-...
4
votes
2answers
332 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
885 views

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, ...
3
votes
5answers
461 views

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.
3
votes
3answers
3k views

What Chinese podcasts are available to improve my listening skills? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese I'm a big podcast fan, and I think listening to Chinese podcasts would be a great way to improve my listening skills. I enjoy listening ...
3
votes
2answers
71 views

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’?”...
3
votes
1answer
168 views

Information about the Nantong dialect

I want to learn the dialect spoken in Nantong. Are there any resources to help me?
3
votes
1answer
56 views

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 ...
3
votes
4answers
294 views

Where can I find resources to improve my listening ability? [duplicate]

I am currently studying for the HSK1 exam, I can read the vast majority of the required vocab and know the pinyin for most of the words but I am having a lot of trouble understanding the audio on the ...
3
votes
1answer
342 views

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. ...
2
votes
3answers
295 views

Books or websites listing *polysyllabic* Mandarin terms with same pronunciation differing only by tones

I'm interested in finding any webpages or books that list words and phrases of more than one character that share the same pronunciation but not the same tones. For instance, here are some terms I've ...
2
votes
2answers
263 views

List of Chinese characters not used in Mandarin/putonghua

Is there any convenient list of all of these characters? Examples of such characters being: The Hokkien (Min) 𪜶 (which is the pronoun 'them/they/theirs') The Cantonese/Hakka/Gan 佢 (which is the ...
2
votes
3answers
142 views

German-Chinese online dictionary

Is there any online dictionary German-Chinese and vice versa that allows user participation? I know of handedict.de, dormant since 2011, forums down, but allows downloading a wordfile dict.leo.org, ...
2
votes
1answer
215 views

Translation Resources: Star/Constellation Names

What resources are available for translations (well English equivalents) of Chinese 星官 (constellations) 星名 (stars)? For example: 宦者 3 星官名。 How -or- where can I find the English equivalent for ...
2
votes
1answer
131 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
10k views

Website or tools that puts pinyin on top or bottom of the characters automatically [duplicate]

Are there any websites or tools that will put pinyin on top or bottom of the characters automatically?
2
votes
1answer
82 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
120 views

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 ...