There are many free online resources for learning Mandarin Chinese and keeping up to date with Chinese news and culture. Here are some suggestions:
Online Mandarin Learning Tools:
- Steven Kryskalla has set up a simple webpage where you can hear every possible syllable in Chinese pronounced phonetically and in each of the three tones. http://lost-theory.org/chinese/phonetics/
- LINE Dictionary (formerly Nciku) is a great web based dictionary for Chinese. In addition to looking up words and translating simple phrases, LINE will also show you animated stroke orders for every Chinese character. http://ce.linedict.com/
- Pleco is the best mobile Chinese dictionary available for English speakers. In addition to being able to search characters and words normally (with the characters themselves or phonetically), you can also write/draw the character. What’s more, Pleco has the ability to install supplementary dictionaries for more specialized fields like law or medicine, as well Cantonese entries. Best of all, it’s a free and adfree app!
- SupChina is a great aggregator of anything Chinese news, politics, and culture. You can visit their website or sign up for their daily email newsletter, which aims to keep you up to date with Chinese news in no more than two minutes. http://supchina.com/
The best resource of all is your local Confucius Institute!
The Confucius Institute at New Mexico State University has a wide variety of resources available for checkout to students, faculty and community members. These include:
- English and Chinese Books
- Teaching Materials
- DVDs, including fiction and documentary works
- Traditional Chinese storytelling and dance props
- Calligraphy materials
We are open every day of the business week from 9 AM to 5 PM, or by appointment.