Resources for Learning Chinese

lost-theory.org Mandarin Chinese Phonetics

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WAV audio files of mandarin pinyin pronunciation. Male speaker. Copied from Dr. John Jinghua Yin's sound files.

Dr. John Jinghua Yin's Chinese Phonetics

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WAV audio sound files of Mandarin pinyin pronunciation of combinations of initials and finals in common speech. Male speaker. Hosted at University of Vermont (uvm.edu)

StarDict

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Free, open source, GPL, cross-platform dictionary software

Ting

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Searchable dictionary with a database of pronunciations by Chinese speakers

A Dissertation on the Nature and Character of the Chinese System of Writing

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in a letter to John Vaughan, esq.
by Peter S. Du Ponceau, LL.D.,
President of the American Philosophical Society, of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and of the Athenæum of Philadelphia; Corresponding Member of the Institute of France, &c. &c.
To which are subjoined,
A Vocabulary of the Cochinchinese Language,
By Father Joseph Morrone, R. C. Missionary at Saigon,

The Universal Digital Library

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Carnegie Mellon University book digitizing project which has scanned books available for download in electronic format, including a lot of Chinese language books

Wiktionary

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Wiktionary contains a chinese character dictionary, including some animated GIFs showing stroke order.

Just go to http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/ followed by the character, like: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/零

Youku.com (优酷)

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Chinese flash streaming video site (like youtube) contains a lot of Chinese content

Berlitz Pocket Dictionary Chinese-English English-Chinese

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Berlitz Mass Market Chinese Dictionary features thousands of entries, precise grammar and pronunciation guide, and an appendix loaded with helpful cultural and language information, these handy bilingual dictionaries are ideal for school, office, home, or travel.

Chinese sex words, obscene language, curses and slang

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Description from the site:

a number of useful words and cool expressions in the Chinese language (mainly Mandarin, plus some Cantonese specialties), some of which are rarely included in politically correct study books or censored student dictionaries. The reader is supposed to have a basic understanding of Mandarin and certain knowledge of the Chinese culture. Some of these words and expressions should be used with the greatest care, and people who do not know any Chinese at all should not use them unarmed.