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Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese

This is a community-maintained list of resources for learning Mandarin Chinese. Alphabetical Index Add-ons (browser) Apps Books Dictionaries Language Exchanges Lists of Resources News Online Courses ...
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Adventure time (探險活寶) and other cartoons with mandarin dubs and subtitles

I have long been looking for mandarin dubbed and subtitled content to improve my mandarin. In particular, I crave to find Adventure Time. I have been searching for ages now on a lot of different sites ...
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What's a good place to look up the etymology of certain Chinese words that aren't immediately obvious?

Many Chinese words make a lot of sense when you consider the meanings of individual characters. However, others aren't quite as obvious at first glance. For example, Why does 有机 as in 有机食品 mean ...
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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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Are chinese historical dramas appropriate for learning Mandarin?

Is the language used in Chinese historical dramas usually antiquated/extra formal, and does that make them a bad (or maybe just too advanced) resource for practicing one's Mandarin? (I've just closed ...
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Complete end-to-end reference guide

I was wondering if there are websites for learning Chinese language that are similar to the following made for the Japanese language: IMABI Learn Japanese – Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese They ...
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Object oriented programming terms class, object, instance, attribute, method

Answers to Web Developer Vocabulary give many useful terms, but I'm working with someone and we need to read further about five specific terms in object oriented programming (e.g. Python or similar). ...
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Is there an Android app that pressing on words translates them?

I found this popup browser dictionary: Zhongwen: Chinese-English Dictionary. Hovering the mouse over a character, it displays the translation and the pinyin: Is there an app that gives this easy ...
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Which website/service can give good example sentences in Chinese? [duplicate]

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 ...
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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 ...
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Resources listing polysyllabic Mandarin words 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 ...
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Is there a comprehensive list of separable verbs (离合动词) anywhere?

Problem: I need to find and compile a list of separable verbs / 离合词. Searching the internet I have managed to collect a list of 65 verbs which of course is not enough. Some examples of separable verbs ...
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Is there a Chinese WordNet?

WordNet is a database of English words, which includes semantic relationships of words too. It includes synonym and antonym-relationships, as well as "categories". For example, it will tell me that ...
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Where can I find sorted word lists used by native students?

I would like to find a sorted list of vocabulary that is studied by native students in primary (elementary) and secondary (middle) school in China, arranged by grade level. Is there any official place ...
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Keeping track of words learned [closed]

I'm looking for a good online site to keep track of chinese words I've learned. I've looked at memrise.com, but found it lacking in features since its not linked to a dictionary and I have to manually ...
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Is there one complete list showing Traditional characters in Simplified?

Or are there really that many that I'm asking a dumb question? I've started learning traditional characters first and once I gather the knowledge of around 2000-3000 characters I was thinking of ...
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Web Developer Vocabulary

I'm looking for a list of vocabulary used for developer / programming terminology, with such terms as "Constructors", " Framework", "DI", "CMS" or other similar ...
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Where can I find a digital copy of 黄继忠's translation of 论语?

I'm looking for a digital copy of Chichung Huang (黄继忠)'s translation of The Analects of Confucius (论语). Amazon's blurb mentions what they believe are the advantages of the translation: Far more ...
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How to find earliest usage of a term?

This question could be split into two types of terms: new expressions & old expressions. For new expressions one could open Google &/or Baidu go to "News" (资讯) and then "Order By Date" (按时间排序)...
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Is there a place to find extremely simple stories?

Is there anywhere (ideally free online) to find a wide range of reading material that is in extremely simple Chinese, the equivalent of perhaps "Fun With Dick and Jane" in English? https://books....
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Are there Chinese spoken language games? (like Ubbi Dubbi)

Ubbi dubbi is a language game spoken with the English language. It was popularized by the 1972-1978 PBS children's show Zoom. ... Ubbi dubbi works by adding -ub- /ʌb/ before each vowel sound in a ...
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What book is this passage from?

I found this passage on 北京大学's website but I can't even go back to the page of contents. I want to know the name of the book。it's the 阅读 section of the site.
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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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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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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 ...
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What is the purpose of the website zuowen8.com, which contains student essays? [closed]

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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Books/websites for learning Chinese business letters [duplicate]

Does anyone know/recommend books/websites for learning to write business letters in Chinese?
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Where can we find the most frequent combination of two Chinese words (搭配)?

It's quite difficult to correctly use a Chinese word. Sometimes, when I learn a new word, I don't know how to use it in a sentence, what verb to use. Besides reading more sentences and Chinese texts, ...
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How can I get exposure to Mandarin usage and pronunciation?

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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Is there a list of medicinal plants and their translations in Mandarin?

I am interested in both learning Mandarin and the names of traditional medicinal plants in China. I am also interested in the history of herbal medicine in China, and a resource to study this in ...
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Is there a dictionary that includes word collocations (词语搭配)?

Is there a decent dictionary that includes word collocations (词语搭配), or words that the searched word cannot be used with? I use Pleco, but one of my largest complaints with it is that there's really ...
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Are there online resourses that automatically translates English to classical Chinese? [closed]

Google translate supports traditional Chinese and simplified Chinese but not classical Chinese. On the other hand, classical Chinese is one of the supported languages of Wikipedia. Are there online ...
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Is There A Chinese Version of Urban Slang Dictionary?

Many questions on this site concern various modern slang/dialect usages that require fairly extensive (and sometimes still unsuccessful) searches through the web. Every time I think about these ...
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Which word processors and websites support vertical writing of Chinese?

I am aware of 好讀, which allows you to read Chinese novels displayed vertically. Is there a convenient (preferably free of charge) word processor if I wish to type a Chinese document vertically? ...
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Is there an authoritative list of most frequent to most infrequent pronunciations for individual Chinese characters?

I'm working on a dictionary tool that provides, as an auto-assist, transcription of Chinese characters into corresponding (Modern Standard Mandarin) pinyin+tones on a naive, character-per-character ...
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Good resource to learn scientific Chinese

I'm searching for a good resource to learn Chinese with a focus on natural sciences and engineering. In particular, I would like the name of chemicals, machinery parts and environmental/ecological ...
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Where can I find Chinese language soft subtitles for domestic television programs?

I am looking for Chinese language soft subtitles for domestic tv dramas (e.g. 白夜追凶) for language learning purposes. While domestic tv has captions hardcoded onto the broadcast, it is inconvenient to ...
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Decent OCR for Chinese? [closed]

I used Pleco on iOS to recognize the characters in the table of contents of a book. The font was a simulation of handwriting, so I was quite surprised at better than ninety percent accuracy. Although, ...
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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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What are some well-known, online news sources that are worthy of language study? [closed]

I'm fluent in Chinese already. I just want to further my reading and writing skills. I'm thinking along the lines of NPR - has both (audio) news and talk radio that can be accessed online Time ...
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Where would one find a library of Chinese classics that have never been translated into English?

Suppose an English-speaking software developer and data scientist were interested in finding ancient Chinese writings that have never before been translated into English. Suppose a developer desired ...
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Where can I find more cartoon videos like BBC's Muzzy for a young child to learn Mandarin? [closed]

I'm not talking about instructional videos and bi-lingual videos. Just Mandarin cartoon videos which a young child, with the ability to naturally absorb a new language, can use to learn Mandarin.
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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 ...
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What studios produce dubbed TV shows? [closed]

To improve my listening skills, I often watch television shows. Many Chinese-produced television shows, however, are difficult to understand due to context (for e.g. the setting, situation, and ...
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Is there a list on the web where I can find Cantonese special characters and their meaning?

The characters below belong only to Cantonese: 嚟, 咁, 哋, 畀, 佢, 唔, 睇 or 冇. Is there a list on the web where I can find all these characters and their meaning?
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Chinese/English/Pinyin Books For Young Adult Readers

I'm looking for some medium level Chinese books to read. Most of the books I can find in Chinese are aimed at more fluent speakers or for the very beginners but I'd like somewhere in between. Ideally ...
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What kind of resources should a beginner look for to help with similarly pronounced words?

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 ...
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Chinese characters picture dictionary / mnemonics?

Are there any commonly used dictionaries of picture (mnemonic) representation of chinese characters? I mean dictionary to convert SINGLE character to a picture, not a picture to a word (i.e. not just ...
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Resources for Chinese in formal situations [closed]

I am looking for a comprehensive guide of formal Chinese for business emails, memos, laws, newspapers, etc. I am aware that some sentence patterns are only used in a formal context. For example, ....均....
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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 ...