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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.

Lessons 1-15
Lessons 16-27
Lessons 28-39
Lessons 40-51
Lessons 52-63
Lessons 64-71
Lessons 72-79
Lessons 80-87
Lessons 88-95
Lessons 96-107
Lessons 108-119
Lessons 120-131
Lessons 132-143
Lessons 144-155
Lessons 156-167
Lessons 168-180
Dialogues For The Airport

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 Bible - The entire bible is available in Chinese.  You can choose between Simplified and Traditional.

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 reading skills.

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.