Chinese Learning Resources

Enriching Your Chinese Studies Online

Shanghai at Twilight (Kevin Ho/Flickr)

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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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

Students from the Peninsula School District in Washington State flew across the globe and visited their partner school, Mudanjiang No.1 High School in Harbin, China.
Lisa He Wu, a junior at Central High School in Philadelphia, participated in the 2014 Hanban Chinese Bridge Summer Camp.
In the summer of 2014, many students from Asia Society’s Confucius Classrooms Network traveled to China through various study abroad programs.
Strawn Dixon, a senior at Lake Forest High School in Illinois (a member of the Asia Society Confucius Classrooms Network), shares his experience of producing short films of cross-cultural understanding.
Research and resources for parents interested in early and immersion Chinese language education.
A list of organizations that support Chinese early language learning and immersion programs.
It's essential for students to constantly confront and redefine their understandings of language and culture.
Singing, songwriting, banjo playing, Mandarin-speaking Abigail Washburn in performance at the National Chinese Language Conference.
The CELIN Program Directory documents information about Chinese early language and immersion programs across the United States. Search here for programs or document your program in this directory.
The Chinese-speaking, joke-cracking former Australian prime minister spoke before an Asia Society audience about the future of U.S.–China relations.
Chinese Early Language and Immersion Network (CELIN) spreads best practices from the experts who've done it.
A definition, performance outcomes, and rubrics for educators and students.
Is Shanghai a model of educational equity, as the OECD international school rankings suggest?
Service learning is good for students and good for society. See one school's program.
An educator returns to the classroom after several years away—read his impressions.
Sometimes what seems obvious isn't obvious at all. About confronting limited understanding of languages.
Former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel addresses educators at an Asia Society conference, and truly seems to speak their language.
Some basic criteria and advice from those who've done it successfully.

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