Resources for Learning Chinese

Understanding Chinese 2 Ed: A Guide to the Usage of Chinese Characters

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Guide to Traditional Chinese Characters including stroke order, examples of words using each character, and pronunciation in Mandarin and Cantonese.

Reading and Writing Chinese Traditional Character Edition: A Guide to the Chinese Writing System

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Stroke orders, pinyin, descriptions and definitions of traditional characters (showing the simplified character if it is different). There is also a simplified character version.

Chengyu/Idiom Stories

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Stories in Chinese and English behind about 60 different chengyu and idioms

Haiwang Yuan's list of Chinese Proverbs

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List of common Chinese proverbs organized alphabetically by pinyin

The Book of Stratagems: Tactics for Triumph and Survival

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Book about the Thirty Six Stratagems

The Thirty-Six Strategies of Ancient China

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A book about the "Thirty Six Strategies of Ancient China"

Learning Chinese Characters

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by Alison Matthews, Laurence Matthews

Aimed at helping students of Chinese learn and remember Chinese characters—including the pronunciation of characters—fast and effectively, Learning Chinese Characters Volume 1 is a systematic study aid to this difficult language.

HanziLookup

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Java applet allows you to look up characters by writing them with your mouse

nciku.com

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Chinese-English, English-Chinese dictionary search-able by pinyin, English, and characters. Has a handwriting recognition entry tool for entry and picking of characters. Female speaker pronunciations.

dict.cn

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Online Chinese-English, English-Chinese searchable dictionary supported by this firefox plugin