Language Resources

Language Learning Resources for Chinese

Chinese department website

Chinese Literature in English Resources (Library website)

Resource Guide for Chinese Langauge (Library website)

Fall 2014 Chinese drop-in tutoring schedule

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Class-specific resources

Moodle site for Chinese 110

Moodle site for Chinese 210

Moodle site for Chinese 334

You may also find class resources, such as syllabi and assignment-related material, on the Course Materials and Reserves page, on the department website, or on the Courses Server.

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Recommended online dictionaries

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Software

The following software is available in the Instructional Media Center:

  • Learn Chinese Now! (Interactive software) PL1125.E6 L43 2002 CD-ROM

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Typing help

Install and use an Input Method Editor (IME) to type Chinese characters on your Mac or Windows computer.

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Language-specific resources

  • Pinyin Table - A Chinese Pinyin table with pronunciation sound clips.
  • Character Sheet Generator
  • Pinyin Conversion - This site converts any Chinese text into Pinyin.
  • Ting Flashcard Reader - A Flashcard system that allows you to save words to lists for later testing. A downloadable, offline version is also available. Be sure to read the directions on the webpage; if you'd like to create your own vocabulary lists for study, register for free with Ting Study Center.
  • ChinesePod - 1000 podcasts for Chinese learners at all levels, from absolute beginners to advanced students, as well as other Chinese-learning materials. For login information, email Weiwei Zhang, stop by her office (ETC 223) or, in the evenings or on weekends, ask the language resource assistant on duty in the lab.
  • Rutgers Multimedia Chinese Teaching System Useful resources for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students: reading and listening practice, as well as comprehensive drills in grammar and vocabulary.
  • SocialMandarin - An online community that collects information for learning Mandarin online.
  • Cojak Hanzi Dictionary - Explanation of the radicals that make up Mandarin chinese characters.
  • Mandarin Tools offers online tools for learning Chinese.
  • Chinese Tools converts Chinese text to HTML format.
  • Arch Chinese offers various tools for practicing vocabulary and character writing.

Recommended Apps (iPhone, iPad, Android, etc.)

  • Common Chinese Idioms - Chinese App containing a dictionary of 100 common Chinese Idioms.
  • Nciku Chinese Dictionary - Characters can be drawn on the touch screen, allowing for easy input into the dictionary.
  • Nciku Reader - A free ebook reader that allows the user to download and read books in Chinese with built-in translation.
  • Skritter Chinese - A tool helps you to learn and practice writing Chinese characters. 

Recommended YouTube Channels

  • Medlock Method - Language lessons that focus on useful day to day phrases.
  • A Foreigner's Perspective - A Chinese speaking American explores China. Useful for both language practice and cultural exposure.

Recommended YouTube Movies

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Literary and cultural resources

Newspapers (in the Pollock Reading Room)

  • China Daily (North American edition) = Chung kuo jih pao
  • Ren min ri bao (Hai wai ban) = People's Daily (Shelved as Jen min jih pao (Hai wai pan))
  • Shi jie ri bao = Chinese World
  • Xin min wan bao = Xinmin Evening News (Shelved as Hsin min wan pao)

Online Newspapers and Magazines

Netflix Movies

  • Last Train Home (2009): A documentary chronicling the journey of two Chinese migrant factory workers on their way back home for the Chinese New year. (researched and summarized by Madison Gordon)
  • Farewell, My Concubine (1993): The story of a decades-long friendship between two opera performers in the Peking Opera. (researched and summarized by Madison Gordon)
  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (Drama, 2002): A love sriangle unfolds between two educated, upper middle class boys and a rural Sichuan girl against the backdrop of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. (researched and summarized by Madison Gordon)

Miscellaneous

Universities

Top 3 Universities (2012)
Top 2 Foreign Language Studies Unversities

Chinese language games

  • Yellowbridge A simple memory matching game. It has preset games specifically for the different integrated Chinese textbooks. 
  • Digital Dialects Multiple choice games for expanding vocabulary. Organized in categories.
  • BBC Languages-Chinese A character learning game. Helps you with the strokes. 

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