Free software - The user can make/add their own material to the software
Anki 2 (PC, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS), a SRS program for learning. The version 2 comes with new additions. Chinese Flash card decks need to be downloaded or entered by the user.
Flashonary (iOS) Flashcard dictionary. Custom flashcards can be created for words based on ...
Various websites to find language exchange partners, people will meet in person or talk online and help each other learn each others' respective languages.
My Language Exchange
Baidu Translate (百度翻译) Similar to Google Translate, C-E/E-C translations but more. OCR (an in-app purchase in Pleco), useful common phrases/expressions list, audio lookup, save your lookups. Android/iOS.
Baidu Chinese (百度汉语) (iPhone). Free OCR (which works on my handwriting [Becky 李蓓]), compositions (作文), and Chinese poetry recital.
Chinese HSK it ...
You can find some bookstores near the Elementary Schools (小學).
If you see some signs like 國小參考書, go to find 參考書 (references) or 評量題 (examinations) for the first or second grade (一、二年級). 參考書 include the teachings in the textbooks and some Q&A. 評量題 have only Q&A.
You should know that all of them are totally in Chinese, no English.
(Ask your ...
As a form of Southwestern Mandarin, you can approach the Chongqing dialect with resources designed for Sichuanese in general. The English Wikipedia gives a lot of resources on "Si4cuan1hua4", including a good overview of the phonology, and a introduction to Sichuanese Pinyin. The Chinese Wikipedia gives a little more detail on the Chengdu-Chongqing dialect.
This list roughly groups the 5568 most common characters over the nine years of compulsory education in Taiwan. You didn't specify if you were looking for simplified or traditional, but since I only know of this one source and it's traditional, that's what I will recommend.
It should be noted that this isn't an official list of what pupils should learn, but ...
As someone involved in chinaSMACK, I wouldn't say the glossary is "outdated" since the terms on there were notable enough in our translations of trending Chinese internet content that we decided they should be added.
It is, however, far from comprehensive, precisely because we only tend to add to it as a consequence of the terms we see often while ...
As far as I know, there is one dictionary for this: 《现代汉语频率词典》，1986，北京语言学院出版社.
However, this dictionary is a little old and difficult to find. What's more, some of the readings are outdated, because 《普通话异读词审音表》 was published after the dictionary gathered the data.
The Unihan database contains the kHanyuPinlu field which is from 《现代汉语频率词典》. For example:
I agree with others who say you should work with a native speaker to help you with pronunciation. However, having a grammar book will be immensely helpful as well, since many native speakers are often unaware of their own language's grammar (many will often say "that's just how you say it" without knowing why; I've also heard native speakers assert that ...
When I was in Jiangsu province (and later, Shanghai), I was interested in learning Shanghainese and other Wu dialects. Unfortunately, there aren't that many resources, and a lot of the ones that do exist are low quality (No IPA, crazy made up romanizations, pronunciations indicated with characters, etc.) Here are a few things I found and my thoughts on them (...
I think it is a terrible mistake that the website has made, because there is no occasion when qu is pronounced tsʰu in Mandarin. Since you can actually tell the difference between u and ü, things should be easier for you now. You can just memorise that after (pinyin) j, q, x, y, ü is always written as u, and if you see u after j, q, x, y, it's always ...
Here are my two favorite browser-based pinyin cheat-sheets:
Whereas the site linked to in the currently top-ranked answer (lost-theory.org - a nice, new find for me, BTW) uses big, lossless .wav files (which also unfortunately seem to ...
The only online dictionary database I can find is 《新华字典》. It is a Microsoft Access database containing 20823 characters. You can run a query on the database and search for "方言" in the "xiangjie"(详解) column. There are shortcomings however, 20823 characters may not be comprehensive enough, and it usually doesn't tell you which dialect the character is used in.
OCT27 2015: Write down the 1,2,3 parts
OCT28 2015: add the 4th part
OCT28 2015: add explanation to @tofu_bacon
NOV01 2015: Note which is TV.
explanation to @tofu_bacon
Shalom, my content is not just categorize them. I want to divide them more orderly. To answer your question more clearly, I add some romance/ city TV series and also I ...
The Outlier Dictionary of Chinese Characters, when it's finally ready, will be a user-friendly reference about the etymology of Chinese characters, together with mnemonics that can help learning them. The great thing about it is that it is going to be based on modern etymology scholarship, in contrast to many other resources that are based either folk ...
Facebook Chinese Learning Resources:
1.Hanbridge Mandarin Facebook share various Chinese language topics in a fun way.
2.Business Chinese Learning It is mainly for business man that there are a lot of posts about business Chinese vocabulary, job interview phrase, Chinese business culture and etiquette.
3.Learn Chinese characters It is a page where you ...
There isn't much in terms of (good) teaching materials for Canto, unfortunately. The best/least crappy is probably CUHK's Yale-China Chinese Language Centre (CLC)'s coursework, but it is not publicly available -- ie you have to attend the classes to get your hands on the books and CDs.
I would anyway recommend against attempting to learn the basics of ...
Regarding starting with pinyin or characters: It's funny, I recently asked this question myself. In your case, I would recommend:
Starting with basics of pinyin... getting the hang of pronunciation. TalkBank provides a pinyin chart that pronounces each for you given the selected tone. It's really cool. Just choose a tone, and click on a vowel/initial.
Chih-Hao Tsai's Technology Page is an excellent resource (with the caveat that the corpuses it uses are Taiwanese). On this page you can find frequencies of the most common characters used in surnames and given names.
Most common surnames (2012):
It's clear that this is from a Taiwanese source since 陳 is ...
Check out Ethnologue - http://www.ethnologue.com/country/CN/languages .
For specific information on each Chinese minority language click on "More information"
i.e. for Narua (6b (Threatened). Language of recognized nationality: Mongolian. Sichuan Province speakers assigned to the Mongolian nationality. Language of recognized nationality: Naxi. Yunnan ...
I'm not sure how well it's implemented but you can check this out:
台湾官方以4年时间整理的用字，第一批闽南语推荐用字于2007年5月30日颁布，共有300字2， 2008年5月1日公布第2批100字3， 2009年10月2日公布最后一批300字4。这700个字基本上已经标准化了台湾闽南语用字。未来如果有需要再增加推荐用字的话，...
There are many online OCR input websites. For example:
http://www.yibizi.com/html5/ (neat and fast, without ads, but seems only working inside China)
I strongly suggest you install a client software rather than using a website because many websites are full of ads. And many of them are only working in some particular browsers, like infamous IE series.
This website gives origins for many characters, as well as pictures of some earlier forms (e.g., from Oracle bones). Keep in mind that the structure of most characters is a phonetic and a semantic component put together (形声字). Most characters aren't ...
This is a pretty good website: http://lost-theory.org/chinese/phonetics/
It contains the pronunciation of all initial and final combinations and all tones for each of them.
You first have to click on one the pinyin in the table and afterwards choose the correct tone on the top right.
Some resources for learning Cantonese,
Good starter sites:
cantonese.ca - This has a good collections of beginner words in
cantonesehq.com - This site has some tips
and tricks for beginner and a collection of mnemonics for absolute
Best online dictionary:
cantonese.sheik.co.uk/ - best online dictionary for cantonese ...
小王子 (Xiao3 Wang3 zi: Little Prince), 还游世界八十天 (huan2 you2 shi4 jie4 ba shi2 tian: Around the World in 80 Days) by 企鹅 (qi3 e2: Penguin) books were pretty interesting books.
They aren't too packed with useless ChengYu (idioms), and tell a nice story (They also have some pictures... Which I find really helpful in pairing with Chinese to remember). You can ...
I recommend this《小學生的國語辭典》approved by the Taiwanese Ministry of Education for their primary school students. It contains the following features:
语文帮手 (or language assistant) to highlight certain words that require
particular attention. For example:
小提醒 (or small ...
XiaMen University publishes a couple books on MinNanHua, they use their own pinyin which will make sense if you have studied some Mandarin but in any case is often clearer than the Peh-oh-je the Taiwanese missions use.
The amazon.cn link is here (Not an associate link)
You can also look at these: