Tutorials & Courses
Chinese Pod - A great podcast for learning Mandarin Chinese. Hundreds of lessons are available at different levels, newbie, elementary, intermediate, upper intermediate, and advanced.
Defense Language Institute Mandarin Basic Course - A very in depth course from the Defense Language Institute. Below are links to the different parts of the course.
FSI Standard Chinese - The same course used by the U.S. government to train diplomats. This course is now available in digital format thanks to a community effort.
Mango Mandarin - A new website that offers Mandarin Chinese lessons. 100 lessons are currently available. Each lessons has accompanying audio. This is a great resource. Free registration is required.
Peace Corps Lessons - Basic lessons with audio from the Peace Corps.
Rutgers Multimedia Chinese Teaching System - A four level course with grammar explanations, exercises, and sample texts.
Interesting Reading Practice
BBC - Up to date news from the BBC in Chinese.
Beijing Evening News - Online news.
Beijing Morning Post - Online news.
Beijing Youth Daily - Online news.
Chinese Online Newspapers - Several links to online newspapers available in Chinese.
Deutsche Welle - Up to date news from Deutsch Welle.
DLI Advanced Mandarin Newspaper & Periodical Reader - Selected readings for the advanced student.
Google News - One of the best online resources for news in Chinese.
People Online - Online news.
Project Gutenberg - Several online books freely available.
Shanghai Jie Fang Daily - Online news.
Wikipedia - Wikipedia in the Chinese language. If online news isn't interesting enough for you, you can search for whatever you like on Wikipedia.
Xinmin Evening News - Online news.
Things To Listen To
Beginning Chinese Listening Comprehension-
Several short dialogs followed by questions to test your understanding.
BBC Audio- Several programs, many updated daily. A great resource to practice Mandarin. Even if you don't have much time you can always listen to a short program.
Global Recordings Network - Provides several free Christian audio recordings. A great resource.
Logos Children's Library
- Children's stories with an accompanying
audio file. This is a wonderful way to improve your listening and
Mandarin Bible - The entire Bible in mp3 format.
Radio Free Asia - Lots of audio and reading practice.
Radio Japan - Radio Japan provides daily news in Chinese. An interesting way to practice your Chinese.
SBS Radio - Offers short audio files covering various subjects.
Other Mandarin Resources
Components of Chinese Characters - A video explaining how different characters are formed.
Defense Language Institute Chinese - They offer a course covering mostly military terms.
Linguanaut - A useful collection of basic phrases.
Mandarin Language Vocabulary Guide - This is a great vocabulary guide. Simply move your cursor over the word or picture to instantly hear it pronounced.
Traditional vs. Simplified Characters - A video explaining the differences and background of each one.