Search online to try and find sites that provide language exchange. These are a good opportunity to have regular lessons and give at the same time as receiving.
Try and find or organise meet-ups in your area. I know a friend who is learning at the moment and he catches up every Saturday morning with about 3 or 4 others. This was organised by putting up a ...
There are books specifically designed for learners, such as the Chinese Breeze Graded Readers. These books are small, have constrained vocabulary, and relatively simple stories, but not so basic that you don't feel some sense of accomplishment after reading one. I read the book 错，错，错！ which features police officers investigating a suspicious suicide. The ...
I built some tools to help me with reading practice. I sieved through Chinese text looking for sentences that use only the characters I know. My first attempt was with Twitter updates, but it was kind of a slow process to find and translate them. More recently, I found a huge collection of translated sentences on Tatoeba. I've collected all the sentences ...
My personal preference is children's books and television.
If you have a China town section of your local city you should be able to find a book store with children's books in them. You usually won't find these books in a regular foreign langauges store or even large chain book stores.
The alternative is to go to the children's second language section of a ...
Don't know if it counts, but in mainland China, some people write on the street with a huge writing brush, half as long as an adult is tall. And they only dip the brush in water to write. After the water evaporates, the writing vanishes. It's the same principle as 水写布
Beijing - Public calligraphy by Roman Harak licensed according to CC BY-SA 2.0
One strategy I use is shopping whenever I can at shops with Chinese speaking proprietors (Fast-food, groceries, restaurants, anything). I use a bit of Chinese, this generally interests them, and you will find that you have a small conversation with this person every time you go there. (Incidentally this is also a great way to get discounts :)
One suggestion is to listen to some old stuff because too many slangs, especially Internet slangs in nowadays movies, TV shows and something else. Even senior native speakers in China cannot understand them.
I used to listen to 成语故事 when I was a kid. I believe you can find tons of them online.
The only place that comes to my mind is looking for an international penpal, getting to know each other and using a chatting service that allows you two to call using a webcam.
That way you can also "choose" a Cantonese speaker, and considering those sites, also with similar interests that you have.
Here are a few suggestions:
Locally: Try meetups for group exchanges and whatnot - http://chinese.meetup.com/
Online: italki have teachers and tutors you can practice with - http://www.italki.com/teachers/tutoring/chinese. Or if you are up for a bit less structure, there is Skype Language rooms [http://education.skype.com]
Mobile: Wechat [微信] This is a ...
Just recently found this language learning social network http://polyglothub.com . You can find there those who will be willing to practice with you Chinese (their native language) in exhange of your own. Success!
I was very surprised to learn today that the Chinese edition of the New York Times has a side-by-side mode suitable for more advanced, fluent readers.
(For those unfamiliar with the characters: In the upper right corner of a Chinese article, you can click on "双语" (shuāng yǔ), which translates to "Bilingual". The other two options are 中 (zhōng) and 英 (yīng), ...
Global Voices is a social site for hosting translations of articles in other languages. Popup Chinese has a tool to help you translate Chinese articles, but they don't have full translations of the articles.
I haven't used either of these sites, I've just seen them mentioned elsewhere.
There's an animation named "喜洋洋和灰太狼" might give you a little help. It is usually for Chinese children at 3-4 years old when they start to learn the Chinese.
I am a chinese native speaker, if you have any other problem,I'm glad to help.
As a native English speaker, I've found that after leaving China for four years now, my ability to remember tones has been negatively affected. Second, is remembering words. Weirdly enough, having not read much these past years, I never really lost an reading comprehension (though as before I may forget the meaning of a word and/or its pronunciation).
I have done HSK3 and am preparing for HSK4. I used some HSK3 practice tests to see whether I was ready for that test. When the practice tests are identified as past test papers, they should be a good rough guide to your readiness for the real test. I treat them only as a rough indicator because there are no exact descriptions of what you need to know for HSK ...
I just wanted to post an answer rather than edit my question, I hope this is ok. I think this information might be helpful to introductory students who browse this forum and are interested in taking the lower level HSK's.
It's been just over 3 years, but I did take the HSK 3 test and passed. I did very well on the listening and reading portions but not so ...
if you want to listen to separated 聲母(initial consonant) and 韻母(simple vowel), I would suggest this swf from here https://www.mdnkids.com/BoPoMo/BoPoMo.swf
This material is made by 國語日報 from Taiwan. Just click those symbols (left 16 are vowels, right 21 are consonant) and you can listen to it.
The tone of Taiwan Mandarin is a little bit different from that ...
To memorize characters and pronunciation you can use Memrise, which will help you to learn by repeating words you've missed during the previous learning session.
However, you won't learn any grammar or usage, just words. So it is not a complete solution, but a good help to expand your vocabulary.
It is not as feature complete as Codeacademy but I don't ...
I know one Chinese wechat corner can practice speaking Chinese and learn daily Chinese learning tips from every Monday to every Friday freely. There are some professional Chinese teachers in that group and answer Chinese learners' problems. You can try to add that group and practice Chinese Mandarin every day. Good luck!