Native speakers: 960 million (2010)
Mandarin Grammar and Pronunciation
It contains a brief introduction to the Chinese language, its scripts and sounds, and how words are formed. The language activities and audio extracts presented here are designed to give you a taste of Mandarin Chinese language.
You will hear short conversations where people greet each other, introduce themselves, describe where they come from and what they do for a living. You’ll hear them talk about their daily activities and order food and drinks in a restaurant.
MIT Open Courseware
- Basic conversational abilities (pronunciation, fundamental grammatical patterns, common vocabulary, and standard usage)
- Basic reading and writing skills (in both the traditional character set and the simplified)
- An understanding of the language learning
University of Cambridge
This is a web-application developed by the University of Cambridge Language Centre for basic level students of Chinese. It focuses on listening and reading skill but it also includes many activities that help learners prepare for speaking and writing.
The thirteen sections invite you to acquire the functional language needed to go out and about in town, to travel and to organise your leisure time. It includes Chinese Essentials and a Basic Chinese Grammar.
University of Cambridge
This is a web-application developed by the University of Cambridge Language Centre for intermediate level students of Chinese. The material is function-based and presented through nine themes, each based on 3 or 4 audio dialogues.
Comprehension of each dialogue is supported by vocabulary help, transcript (in Chinese characters with optional pinyin access), translation, language notes and comprehension activities. There are also notes on cultural background, language functions, grammar notes, practice activities, reading material and a self-test to help learners evaluate their progress.
FSI Language Courses
Here is the outline of the course. The outline shows some modules that were never developed: there is no text for Module 9, there is no optional module for Institutions and Organizations, and there is no Module 10.
You also can know more about Chinese news and culture, business opportunities, internship and job opportunities in China, info about Travel in China. Learn Chinese online magazine is very good way to know more about China and Beijing Olympic Games.”
You will also find grammar and usage notes at the bottom of most dialogues. So far, our course has only traditional Chinese characters. Simplified characters will be added soon. Each unit has one mp3 file that you can download in order to avoid downloading an audio for each single sentence.
University Of Iowa
At the end of each unit, you’ll find practice exercises. You can use them to check how much you’ve learnt. Learn Chinese is most appropriate for those who want to learn Mandairn online but it’s also good for people enrolled in a class. Learn Chinese is an excellent starting point for people interested in learning Mandarin no matter what their learning situation is.
This system continually reinforces your knowledge and greatly accelerates memorization. Furthermore, while I have intentionally chosen vocabulary that will be immediately useful for casual travel needs, the material is presented in a manner that simultaneously provides you with a strong foundation for advanced conversational skills.” The website includes tips, 4000 traditional Chinese characters and links to other Mandarin resources
This is a vocabulary-centered language learning program. Each lesson centers around a vocabulary unit that is presented in the context of several example sentences, then expanded upon by a short dialogue.
All of the material on this site is available for free download. Listen to the lessons on your MP3 player, and use our PDF transcripts just as you would a regular textbook. All audio recordings on this site are made by native Mandarin Chinese speakers from northern China.” The website covers 120 lessons.
Most of the lessons contain expressions used for the everyday life conversations, through them you can learn how to say specific sentences, so they might come handy if you memorize them.
It breaks new ground with its comprehensive use of multimedia materials, including video and audio files, interactive character writing exercises, interactive grammar drills, multiple choice vocabulary tests, and indexes for grammar and vocabulary. A standard multimedia plug-in is required to allow you to make full use of the multimedia elements.”
Mandarin Reading Materials
The Paper Boy
- http://www.kanjinetworks.com (Kanji Character Dictionary)
- http://moosenose.com (Spealing Chinese-English Dictionary)
Mandarin Listening and Video Resources
TV / VIDEO / MOVIES
PODCASTS / AUDIOBOOKS
Lessons’ topics are designed using practical dialogues starting with the topics on kids’ daily life in the United States while you receive systematic training on Chinese listening, speaking, reading and writing. “
You’ll hear short conversations where people greet each other, introduce themselves and their families, describe where they come from and what they do for a living. You’ll hear them talk about sports, ask for directions, buy things, order food in a restaurant, invite someone to dinner – or simply share their experience of learning Chinese. You’ll also find a track to help you with pronunciation and the use of tones.
Finally, there’s the chance to listen to interviews in English about Chinese-speaking cultures. Our guide to the language and culture of mainland China is Dr Kan Qian, who is chair of The Open University course: L197: Beginners’ Chinese You can also download transcripts for all the tracks. It includes 46 lessons.