Thank you all 🙂
Of course DigMandarin is a good choice!
There are both Chinese and English translations of every article- great for learners to dissect. Check out: chinadialogue – china and the environment.
In terms of speaking:
If you;re going for immersion or to study abroad, make the most of your time and stick with the locals and ditch the expats most of the time. Get involved with some sort of activity or organization. Be immersed. The more people you talk to, the more involved you are, the more necessary for you to get your point across in the language you are learning. Your brain will start to shift over on it’s own. Out of necessity. Be willing to take a few small stumbles- you’re learning. Not only are you picking up invaluable skills, but stick with this and you’ll make the best kinds of memories.
http://www.hackingchinese.com/ Lots of helpful info.
Memrise (http://www.memrise.com) Helpful tool.
小孩 easy to read cartoons. Beginner level.
FluentU Listening and comprehension at all levels.
Laowai Chinese 老外中文 and http://www.hackingchinese.com/ – These are two blogs with incredibly helpful hints and strategies on -how- to learn Chinese. Lots of information here on every aspect of the precess: tonality, characters, methods.
Learn Chinese Online or with Mobile Apps Chinese Pod is incredibly reputable. You can sign up for tutaoring sessions with real teachers over skype, or take advantage of their online resources. They may charge for some services, but it’s quality education. Their free resources include a lot of pinyin help, so don’t skip this one.
Pimsleur audio an expensive yet effective system. You can find the CDs second-hand sometimes (try ebay).
Chinese popup dictionary. If you use Firefox or Chrome then get PeraPera or Zhongwen dictionary extensions. You can then “mouse over” words for translation.
There are plenty of free resources online.
Top begin: Try using Chinese media (as mentioned above) to increase your familiarity with the language.
FluentFlix: Learn Chinese vocab with Youtube videos. Even add it to SRS.
But don’t stop there: You can find more advanced material on Youku. Whatever you want to hear- there are 3-minute videos for everything: Chinese love dramas, pop music, issues of economy/environment.
ChinaSmack: Up to date information on the happenings in Chinese social media.
ChinaDialouge: Hard news about the economy, the environment, and urbanization, in China.
Google translate. Any language to any other language translation. It also suggests synonyms and phrases using the word and has a pronunciation tab.
BBC – Languages – Real Chinese Only ten lessons, but a lot on Chinese culture. Plenty of helpful links, too.
CCTV Learn Chinese 学汉语 similar to the BBC course, only longer.
新闻主页 – BBC中文网 News published by the BBC in Chinese.
Listen to Chinese music and learn Chinese with famous Chinese songs listen to words in context.
HSK Speaking All about HSK exam prep. Includes many resources.
Learn Chinese, Listening & Pronunciation Practice for Mandarin Includes resources for one specific HSK comp test. An assortment of useful and engaging drills and audio packs.
Page on Speakgoodchinese A free program that assess your speaking fluency.
To develop your listening skills Chinese Pod is a great place to start. Then try the Developing Chinese textbook series – this is the best book series for listening practice.
Heisig and/or Hoenig‘s books to help you learn Chinese characters are superb. (but only for the characters- these are not about language fluency.)
For writing practice definitely check out Lang-8. You’ll need the ability to change your keyboard to Chinese temporarily (not too difficult) and then you just need a little practice every day. Every tiny bit of effort adds up- and once you do look back you’ve accomplished something amazing.
The Chinese Breeze series of graded readers are fantastic for reading practice. They are circa the 300 word level.
You can find free vocabulary training flashcards at hsk.academy without any subscription needed.
It works perfectly well on desktop, smartphone and tablet, and it covers HSK from 1 to 6, which are the most common words to know in Chinese Mandarin.
You can also find an introduction to the principle of the Chinese language, grammar, and much more.
Good luck in your studies and feel free to reach out!
My Top 3 FREE resources are.
1. ChineseSkill: This is an awesome iOS/Android app similar to Duolingo but with many great tools that really distinguishes itself. The course is well designed and also includes some great features to review and practice, as well as a survival kit which is excellent if you are traveling, or just want to learn useful survival language. Excellent for beginners and even good for intermediate learners.
2. Memrise: Also an iOS/Android app that’s more focused on vocabulary training. Much more entertaining than typical flashcards, so this is a great tool to review vocabulary.
3. Popup Chinese: There are many podcasts out there such as ChinesePod which is probably the most popular, however many of the good ones like ChinesePod are a bit pricey. The great thing about Popup Chinese is, while they may have a subscription service you need to pay for to get the full benefit, they are the only really good quality one that at least gives you access to all the lessons for free. You won’t get the extra resources as you would for the subscription, but you can still listen to the all the lessons, and view the vocab and transcripts. In my opinion thats good enough for me.
Hope this helps 🙂
I know this is a bit of an old thread but thought I’d mention FSI Standard Chinese: A Modular Approach as it could be helpful to others.
It’s completely free (public domain) and an extremely long course. If you can put up with the poor audio quality and don’t mind learning a small handful of words that aren’t used in modern Chinese then I’d argue it’s one of the best for beginners.
Here are some more resources you can try out…. language exchange apps
This is for the people who like to practice with native speakers.
Hiway – IOS
Besides native speakers you can also practice chinese with flashcards
HelloTalk – IOS/Android
Some in app purchaces if you want unlimited translations etc
speaky – android/web
This app also has video chat
I use these free resources to learn Chinese:
Chinese Grammar This site introduces you each grammar point with sentence structures and examples.
iChinesePodcast has free access to Chinese audio lessons, which are based on dialogues in real-life situations. This is a start-up site, so I think they are trying to update more lessons to use. The best thing I like about iChinesepodcast is that all lessons are free.
Other podcast lessons include popup Chinese, Chineseclass101, they are also good, but you may buy their online audio lessons to continue.
If you are a beginner, learn free videos on youtube is also recommended.