Mandarin Chinese Resources
Mandarin Chinese, also referred to as simplified Chinese, is a group of related Chinese dialects used in the majority of regions in northern and south-western China. Statistically, Mandarin language has more native speakers than any other language in the world.
Mandarin Chinese belongs to Sino-Tibetan family of languages and has over 800 million speakers around the globe.
Learning Mandarin Chinese
Learn Chinese Characters – focuses on both meaning and pronunciation of Chinese characters, providing a comprehensive list of online tools such as dictionaries, tutorials and chat facilities.
Arch Chinese – a superb online Chinese character learning tool, focused on character writing worksheets, stroke information, dictionaries and other useful features such as Chinese character decomposition explorer and Chinese radical table.
BBC Languages: Chinese - From quick survival guides and phrases to tone and character guides and learning games, the site is a great starting point for those wanting to learn Mandarin.
Chinese-English Dictionary – Provides a searchable interface for the CEDICT dictionary, and searches can be conducted by Chinese using various encodings, pinyin or English.
Chinese Pod – an online learning community with expert online teacher instructions, over 1400 Mandarin lessons, vocabularies and exercises.
Child Book – Based in the US, this site offers a wide selection of Chinese books for children.
Book Seed - An easy-to-use online book store of Chinese book titles, magazines, DVDs, music and gifts.
Senseio.org – Features an online book store with a wide range of Chinese titles.
Chinese Community Centre – the official site of the London Chinese Community Centre. Based in the heart of London, UK, the centre focuses on helping elderly members of the community, as well as educating the young, event organisation, research and language courses.
British Chinese Community – The British Chinese Community website covers various aspects of modern life in Britain, from marriage, martial arts, legal and racism-related issues to cooking, keeping the old traditions alive, and education.