Included below are some of the Mandarin Chinese learning resources I’ve found useful on my language learning journey.
Reading and Writing
- Arch Chinese Basic Stroke Order Rules: When you’re first beginning to read printed material, it can be extremely helpful to lookup characters using handwriting input on a mobile device. Most handwriting input systems rely on both the number of strokes and stroke order to help identify the character. Once you learn a few basic rules, it’s easy to achieve fairly high accuracy. Arch Chinese has a detailed page helping you learn the basic rules of top-to-bottom and left-to-right.
- Skritter: If you really want to learn to write Chinese Characters, I’ve found no better place to learn and practice than Skritter.
- DianHua Dictionary: DianHua Dictionary is a Chinese-English dictionary for iOS, my own product. Even though releases are less frequent now that it has reached a decade old, I still prefer it to the available alternatives.
- Pleco Dictionary: That’s right. I just said I use my own product, DianHua Dictionary, but if you do not want to read printed material by drawing characters (a learning mistake, in my opinion), Pleco offers a nice live camera lookup tool that I never plan to offer in DianHua Dictionary.
- ChinesePod.com: I have yet to find a Chinese language learning podcast I like as much as I do ChinesePod.