Resources for Teaching and Learning Chinese

(This site is constantly updated. Please visit often.)

 

Recommended textbooks:

 

Beginner’s Chinese by Yong Ho, New York: Hippocrene Books, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

Intermediate  Chinese by Yong Ho, New York: Hippocrene Books, forthcoming in 2003.

 

These two books are best suited for adult learners of Chinese. A best-seller, Beginner’s Chinese is one of the most used textbooks for adult learners in the U.S.

 

Integrated Chinese, by Taochung Yao, et al. Boston: Cheng & Tsui.

 

This book is best suited for college students who study intensively.

 

Recommended dictionaries:

 

Chinese-English Dictionary of the 500 Most Frequently Used Words: A Study Guide to Mandarin Chinese by Yong Ho, New York: Hippocrene Books, 2001.

 

Concise English-Chinese, Chinese-English Dictionary. Oxford University Press, 1987.

 

Oxford Advanced Learners English Chinese Dictionary. Oxford University Press, 1995.

 

If you are interested in the psycholinguistic process of Chinese speakers, please check out:

 

Discourse Structures of Mandarin Chinese by Yong Ho, Edwin Mellen Press, 1993.

 

Internet Resources

 

Guides, Indexes and Links

 

Chinese Language-related information

http://www.webcom.com/~bamboo/chinese/chinese.html

a comprehensive subject guide to Chinese-language-related resources on the internet

 

Chinese Home Page

http://www.uni.edu/becker/chinese.html

a complete reference to China/Chinese-related websites

 

Chinese language

http://bubl.ac.uk/link/c/chineselanguage.htm

a catalogue of internet resources

 

http://www.gy.com/www/chlist.htm

a web of webs

 

Chinese language and writing

http://acc6.its.brooklyn.cuny.edu/~phalsall/texts/chinlng2.html

includes the history of the Sino Tibetan family of languages

 

Chinese language and linguistics

http://www.cohums.ohio-state.edu/deall/chan.9/c-links3.htm

annotated links compiled by Marjorie Chan to more than two hundred China and Chinese language and linguistics-related web sites

 

Chinese Language Study

http://www.nerdworld.com/nw1800.html

large index of Chinese language study related internet resources

 

Chinese Software Web Sites

http://www.cd.ucdavis.edu/chinese/chinese.html

a list of Web sites for Chinese software and other Chinese-language topics

 

Teaching and Learning Chinese

http://topaz.kenyon.edu/projects/chinese/

a collection of resources for teaching and learning Chinese

 

WWW Chinese Language Teaching Resources

http://www.ntnu.edu.tw/tcsl/Chinese/Resource/Wwwwccai.htm

Online language resources compiled by the National Taiwan Normal University

 

Online Chinese resources

http://www.lsa.umich.edu/asian/chinese/online/index3.html

U. of Michigan's links to resources to aid in the learning of the Chinese language and culture

 

Chinese Programs

 

Scholarships for Study of Chinese Abroad

http://www.wfu.edu/~moran/schol.html

 

Chinese Programs

http://www.webcom.com/~bamboo/chinese/courses.html

links to Web sites with information on Chinese language study courses offered by various institutions

 

Dictionaries

 

Online Chinese dictionaries

http://www.chinalanguage.com/Language/Dictionaries/index.html

22 dictionaries are listed.

 

http://www.ok88.com/go/svc/ecdict.html

Type a word in English, you will get its Chinese equivalent.

 

http://zhongwen.com/zi.htm

 

Chinese-English dictionary

http://www.mandarintools.com/

 

Top Chinese dictionaries

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/browse/-/11520/zipubooks/102-3394847-7978527

 

Online Chinese-English, English-Chinese Dictionary

http://www.cit.gu.edu.au/~rwony/cdict/

searchable two-way dictionary by Richard Wang

 

Study Chinese characters

 

Chinese Character Pronunciations

http://www.ocrat.com/ocrat/reaf/

 

Simplified characters

http://zhongwen.com/jian.htm

Click on any character to see its simplified form (and its definition and etymology).

 

http://www.ocrat.com/ocrat/chargif/

Input (copy-and-paste) any Chinese text and obtain the transliterated pronunciation of each Chinese character. Follow links to online Chinese magazines and use this application to lookup pronunciations of unfamiliar words.

 

Character flash cards

http://www.mandarintools.com/

 

http://www.wfu.edu/~moran/flshcrds.html

printable flashcards for learning characters

 

http://www.foolsworkshop.com/fw.html

flashcard wizard

 

A is for Love

http://www.chinapage.com/flash/love.html

This is a set of Flash Cards for learning Chinese. The face card shows a Chinese word. Click on the word will flip the card over, where the pronunciation and meaning are given.

 

Bell Labs Mandarin Text-to-Speech Synthesis

http://www.bell-labs.com/project/tts/mandarin.html

(traditional characters)

http://www.bell-labs.com/project/tts/mandarin-gb.html

(simplified characters)

Type Chinese characters or pinyin, sound will be generated automatically.

 

Chinese & Characters

http://www.tradewatch.com:80/nite/main.htm

CD series that use animation to teach children and non-Chinese speaking people

 

http://www.chinese-outpost.com/charrahc/char.asp

basic strokes of Chinese characters, stroke order principles , number of strokes, construction principles, traditional vs. simplified characters, radicals and dictionaries, character "styles”.

 

Chinese Character Flashcards

http://www.erols.com/eepeter/flashcard.html

a Java applet to assist in the learning of Chinese characters

 

Chinese Character Genealogy

http://www.pitt.edu/~harbough/z/zipu.html

Online dictionary by Rick Harbough

 

Chinese Character Genealogy

http://www.zhongwen.com

An etymological Chinese-English dictionary

 

Chinese Character Tutor

http://www.worldlanguage.com/chintut.htm

a Chinese dictionary and learning tool that includes 100 predefined lessons

 

Chinese Character Tutor V4. 0

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/fergab/

An online dictionary and learning tool with audio and testing facility

 

Chinese Dragon Writer

http://www.jics.com/LNGCHI.htm

provides easy English to Chinese phrase translation input

 

Chinese Radical Exam

http://execpc.com/~mbosley/

a study aid and test for beginners, covering 108 of the most common radicals that are also characters in their own right

 

Fascinating Chinese Characters

http://www.china-guide.com/characte.htm#Characters

CD program teaching how to write Chinese characters

 

Flashcards

http://www.wfu.edu/~moran/flashcards.html

with a week by week schedule

 

Vocabulary

 

A Chinese-English Database

http://zinnia.umfacad.maine.edu/~mshea/China/database.html

Chinese-English vocabulary database

 

New Words

http://www.sinologic.com/language.html

Here are some cool and useful words that are being used everyday in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Some of them have been coined only recently. These and many more words of similar nature will be incorporated into the upcoming CD-ROM version of HyperChina.

 

Pronunciation

 

http://www.chinese-outpost.com/pronnorp/pron.asp

methods of "romanizing" Chinese, initials and finals, tone shifts , recommended films for listening

 

Pinyin Practice

http://www.uiowa.edu/~chinese/pinyin/index.html

Welcome to the world of Pinyin and Chinese sounds. Before you begin to work on the exercises contained in this site check out some sites that explain the fundamentals of the Pinyin system. Take advantage of the many examples given. When you have a basic understanding of Pinyin, return here to try these activities.

 

Pinyin Font Converter

http://www.foolsworkshop.com/pfc.html

In order to input romanized Chinese in Pinyin using the 4 tones of Mandarin Chinese, special fonts are used to mark vowels with tones. A variety of these fonts are available online. The Pinyin Font Converter converts texts between some of the most popular Pinyin fonts that are available for Windows and Macintosh.

 

Chinese Pronunciation Guide

http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~clp/China/guide.htm

Includes a tool, pinyin sheets and courses.

 

http://www.courses.fas.harvard.edu/~pinyin/

useful site for students to improve their pronunciation and tones

 

Speech Wizard

http://www.catalog.com/inforg01/software.htm

English and Chinese text-to-speech system that lets you listen to the reading of English and Chinese words, sentences or even an entire text through your multimedia speakers.

 

Grammar

 

http://www.chinese-outpost.com/grammarg/gram.asp

verbs and word order, expressing "tense" in Chinese, particles, measure words, question formats

 

Sources of Chinese-Language Text Files   

http://www.webcom.com/~bamboo/chinese/text.html

is a source of documents written in Chinese, mostly of Chinese literature

 

Organizations that Provide Standardized Tests of Chinese

Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK)

China's HSK homepage (GB/Eng). The HSK, or Chinese Proficiency Test, is "a standardized test at the state level designed and developed by the HSK Center of Beijing Language and Culture University to measure the Chinese proficiency of foreigners, overseas Chinese and students from Chinese national minorities.

 

Chinese-Language Radio Broadcasts    

 

http://www.webcom.com/~bamboo/chinese/radio.html

This page collects, in one place, information on radio or other broadcasts in Mandarin, Cantonese, and other Chinese languages. The emphasis is on broadcasts that are globally available, either via shortwave radio, cable, or in recorded form over the Internet.

 

http://broadcast-live.com/chinese.html

At this site, you can watch Chinese television and listen to radio broadcasts in the Chinese language.   A wide selection of streaming audio and video broadcasts is available from Canada, France, Germany, Singapore, Britain, China and the USA in both Mandarin and Cantonese. Transmissions are provided in RealAudio formats.

 

Central Chinese Television (in Chinese)

China Radio International

 

Online Tutorials, Courses and Programs

 

Chinese Multimedia Tutorial

http://www.inform.umd.edu/EdRes/Topic/Humanities/.C-tut/C-tut.html

A tutorial on greetings, expressing thanks and food terms, including characters and sounds.

 

Conversational Mandarin Chinese Online

http://philo.ucdavis.edu/CHINESE/ccol.htm

a 15-unit course on everyday topics

 

Cyber Chinese

http://www.nmc.csulb.edu/nmcpages/...e_Language_f/Chinese_Language.html

a series of interactive lessons covering the complete first-year curriculum, with video, sound and text

 

Internet-based Chinese Teaching & Learning

http://chinese.bendigo.latrobe.edu.au/index.htm

La Trobe University's 8-level online Chinese language courses.

 

Learn Chinese

http://pasture.ecn.purdue.edu/~agenhtml/agenmc/china/ctutor.html

An audio tutorial of survival Chinese.

 

My Favorite Multimedia Inside Chinese Language Lab

http://peijean.ficnet.net.tw/

Page Lin's site for online pronounciation lessons using real-time sounds

 

Teaching and Learning Chinese

http://topaz.kenyon.edu/projects/chinese/

Jianhua Bai's Web site for online language resources

 

http://www.csulb.edu/~txie/online.htm

Large index of links for learning, studying, or practicing Chinese online. Links include pronunciation, conversation, grammar and characters, literature, dictionaries, software, and more.

 

http://www.speakingchinese.com/en/en_index.asp

By studying at Speaking-Chinese.com, you are together with the best teachers of rich experiences in teaching Chinese to International students. They are professional, innovative and easy-going.

 

http://www.wellgot.ca/lessons/preface-e.htm

13 lessons

 

Software Programs

 

Chinese Star

http://www.Suntendy.com/cstar//

 

NJStar

http://www.njstar.com

 

RichWin 4.2 Plus for Windows

http://www.richwinUSA.com

 

Rising Sun

http://www.accent.net/risingsun/

 

Twinbridge

http://www.twinbridge.com/

 

Chinese Bookstores

Cheng & Tsui

http://www.cheng-tsui.com

 

China Books and Periodicals

http://www.chinabooks.com

 

Chinese Book and Supply Company

http://www.chinesebookco.com

 

Asia for Kids

http://www.afk.com

 

 

Chinese for Kids

 

The following is a good website with language learning resources for kids.

 It's really intended for ESL (English as a Second Language), but a lot of

 the items they carry would be good for learning/practicing Chinese, as well:

 

 http://www.intac.com/~booklink

 

In particular, see language learning games here:

 

http://www.intac.com/~booklink/eslgames.htm

 

And picture dictionaries here:

 

http://www.intac.com/~booklink/pictdict.htm

 

They have the "New Oxford Picture Dictionary" and the "Renyi Picture

Dictionary" in Chinese-English, among other things.

 

You can get a good laugh from this little thingie:

 

http://www.nick.com/games/game.jhtml?game-name=click_toe

Just click on a flag and you will hear how “Ow, My Foot!” is said in the language that flag stands for. Pay attention to the Chinese expression and learn it! When you click on the flag, check out the scene outside the window too.

 

Chinese Culture: Art, Literature, etc.

·         Chinese Text Initiative (University of Virgia)

·         Chinese Art and Culture

·         Beijing Art Museum

·         China the Beautiful

·         Chinese Learner's Alternative Page

·         Chinese Art

·         National Palace Museum - Taiwan

·         Traditional Chinese Culture in Taiwan

·         Chinese culture information net

·         Minority Nationalities in China (in Chinese)

 

Western-Chinese Calendar Converter

http://www.mandarintools.com/

 

Get a name in Chinese

http://www.mandarintools.com/chinesename.html

Get your own Chinese name based on your English name and find out your sign in the Chinese Zodiac! Simply type in your first and last name, select what kind of characteristics you want to be expressed in the name, select your gender, enter your birthdate and press "Get a Name!".

 

Visual Sourcebook for Chinese Civilization

http://depts.washington.edu/chinaciv

Designed to be used by students and teachers in college of high school classes.  Covers ten categories, such as geography, Buddhism, calligraphy, military technology, etc., all selected because of the value of visual images in teaching about them.  Includes a timeline and teacher’s guide.

 

Reference Works for Chinese Studies

http://staff.hum.ku.dk/littrup/index.htm

An annotated bibliography of dictionaries, indices, concordances, etc., covering all aspects of Chinese studies.  Requires Chinese software to view characters in titles.

 

Chinese Newspapers and Magazines

·         People's Daily (in Chinese)

·         Xinhua News Agency

·         China Daily (in English)

·         Watch CCTV Online

·         Chinese News (in Chinese)

·         China Times News (in Chinese)

·         China News Digest

·         Global Chinese Electronic Daily News

·         Hua Xia Wen Zhai (in Chinese)

·         Beijing Spring (in Chinese)

·         SinaNet News Center (in Chinese)