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

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!

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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

Jesse Appell explores the Sino-American relationship.
Jesse Appell and a friend find themselves alone in Beijing during Chinese New Year.
Comedian Jesse Appell discusses his new intercultural comedy show.
Accomplished Chinese learners share what they've gained from the language.
Read the final stages of planning a successful school-to-school partnership before the students head off to China.
A Mandarin teacher who taught prison inmates recounts her experience.
Profiles of specific early language and immersion programs.
A successful school-to-school exchange program is the fruit of long-term planning and the work of many individuals. Planning and preparation continues into the second semester of the school year.
A successful school-to-school exchange program is the fruit of long-term planning and the work of many individuals. Planning and preparation work starts as soon as school starts in September.
Yinghua Academy, a Mandarin Chinese K–8 immersion school in Minneapolis, offers a 14-day study abroad experience in the summer for students in Grades 6 to 8.
Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School offers a 2-week study abroad program in the spring for students in 5th grade, their last year at the school.
Portland Public Schools Mandarin Immersion Program has 2 study abroad programs for Chinese immersion students in grades 8–12.
ISTP offers rigorous bilingual programs in Mandarin Chinese, in addition to French. Study abroad is a key component of the program and offers 2- to 3-week study abroad opportunities for students in Hangzhou, Taiwan, and Chengdu.
The Global Village Academies are K–8 schools on four campuses. In Grades 7 and 8, students studying Chinese have the opportunity to study abroad in China for a week in the spring.
CAIS offers a Chinese immersion curriculum with international programs for students in grades 5, 7, and 8, high school alumni, faculty, and staff.
Experts in the field of Chinese language education answer questions that practitioners working in the field ask about.
Experts in the field of Chinese language education answer questions that practitioners working in the field ask about.
Judy Fordjuoh, a senior at Medgar Evers College Preparatory School in Brooklyn, continues to study Chinese because she finds it “interesting to talk to people that we think are completely different from us – in another language.”

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