Chinese Learning Resources

Enriching Your Chinese Studies Online

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Whether you're new at learning Mandarin or speaking fluently, there is a wealth of online materials to help you support your learning. But another important use of the internet for learning language is connecting to other learners, sharing you experiences, asking questions, and getting a broader understanding of the culture and country the language evolved in. Below are some initial suggestions for enriching your Chinese studies online.

Asia Society’s China Learning Initiatives has also developed and collected a trove of resources over the last 10 years, which you can also view below.

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Resources

Discussion Forums

Below are the resources we found useful or interesting. If you find others, please share them with us, and we'll add them to this collection!

Reddit has a ton of forums where you can ask questions and start discussions, listed below by forum title:

One particularly interesting Reddit thread is an AMA (‘Ask Me Anything’) with Chinese Pod (which, by the way, should be on your list of Podcasts already. If it’s not, add it!). They took questions from Redditors and then posted the highlights on their blog, entitled ‘Six Chinese Study Hacks from Our Reddit AMA.’

Speaking of hacking, there’s a whole website devoted to Hacking Chinese!

Stack Exchange has a section for Chinese learning, too.

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Chinese Learning Apps and Sites

Below are the resources we found useful or interesting. If you find others, please share them with us, and we'll add them to this collection!

We don’t like to endorse one service or site over another, but since the tragic demise of popular Chinese-English (more-than-)dictionary *nciku, we have found some to be pretty solid surrogates:

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General Learning Tools

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News and Specialized Topics

Below are the resources we found useful or interesting. If you find others, please share them with us, and we'll add them to this collection!

  • For those of you with a more political bent, Asia Society’s own ChinaFile is a great resource.
  • Sinocism is also a firehose of information about all things happening in China.
  • There are tons of sites that help you keep up with cutting-edge pop culture (especially internet culture). Our top picks are:
    • ChinaSmack: All articles are translated into English from Chinese media sources, and if you hover over the English text, the original Chinese text pops up. This is a great way to advance your reading!
    • TeaLeafNation's crew scans Chinese social media for reaction to big news events and delivers you a broad variety of Chinese voices across the spectrum.
  • Green Honey is a great site that crunches data on various aspects of Chinese.
  • If history is your thing, check this out: China History Podcast
  • Any aspiring legal professionals out there? Ever wanted a source of solid insights into Chinese Law? Look no further than China Law Blog.

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Additional Chinese Learning Resources

In this episode, Jesse explores the wonderful world of homestyle Chinese cooking, which can taste a whole lot better than the fare at China’s most expensive restaurants.
In this episode, Jesse Appell laments all the fake "bot" followers his show is attracting. So he hits the streets of Beijing to dredge up real fans.
Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, located in beautiful San Diego, California, is the only public school in the San Diego Unified School District that offers Mandarin immersion.
Capstone Learning Abroad Experience in Collaboration with St. Cloud State University.
In this episode, game show contestants try to make sense of Chinese "chengyu" — four word phrases with deep meanings attached to them.
In this episode, Jesse explores how the actual meaning of a Chinese word can be quite far removed from its literal English translation.
In the seventh episode of The Great LOL of China comedy series, students learn that Chinese words often aren't quite what they appear to be.
In this episode, Jesse Appell explores the current dating scene in China.
In this episode, Jesse Appell and a friend find themselves alone and starving in Beijing during Chinese New Year.
In this episode, Jesse Appell looks at America and China — two frenemies living under the same roof.
In this episode, Jesse Appell despairs, through song, that inflation is taking his beloved chuanr meat kebabs ever further out of reach.
In this episode, Jesse Appell and friends play the game where overreaching cultural assumptions turn into an evening of fun.
In this episode, Jesse Appell explores the highs and the lows of China economic transformation in the music video "Mo Money, Mo Fazhan (development).
Located in the suburbs outside of the Delaware state capital, the Caesar Rodney School District is home to Delaware’s first Chinese immersion program, with almost 300 students in grades K–2 in 2015.
In the fourth episode of 'The Great LOL of China' comedy series, Jesse Appell despairs, through song, that inflation is taking his beloved chuanr meat kebabs ever further out of reach.

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