THE BEST RESOURCES FOR LEARNING CHINESE

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On this page, you'll find our list of the best resources for learning Chinese, organized into different categories. Browse through these resources to learn Chinese and click on a title or image to try one out. Happy learning!

Memorizing Vocabulary

Techniques and apps for learning words and phrases

MosaLingua Learn Chinese App

Our mobile app is great for Chinese learners who are always on the go. Get a personalized learning path based on your goals, and memorize the most common and useful Madnarin Chinese vocab quickly and easily, thanks to the built-in Spaced Repetition System. The app also has lessons (start with how to read pinyin transcription!), dialogues and bonus content to help you develop your Chinese speaking and listening skills.

Online dictionaries

Chinese Tools Dictionary

Chinese Tools is an online platform that is rich with resources and learning tools. The site also has a great Chinese-English dictionary. It's well adapted to the particularities of the Chinese language, with each word broken down according to its ideograms. Audio recordings even let you listen to a word's pronunciation.

Pleco

The Pleco app gives you quick access to a dictionary, even offline. The app's dictionary and translator are free, and easy to use for beginners and advanced learners alike.

Chinese-Dictionary.org

This website has a simple interface but provides you with a wealth of learning material when you search a word, including common phrases, expressions, and collocations.

Listening Comprehension

Podcasts

BBC Podcasts

For a great way to practice your Chinese listening comprehension, the BBC releases a new podcast every day on their website. They're free to access, but each episode is only available for a limited time.

Young Love Play

A podcast created by two Taiwanese students who talk about their daily lives in a very relaxed manner. This is a great resource for learning everyday language. Available on YouTube, Spotify, and iTunes.

Movies and TV

CCTV Videos in Chinese

Chinese Central TV has a number of series dedicated to learning Chinese, including Growing up with Chinese, designed to help you improve your listening comprehension and learn more about Chinese culture. At the time of writing, the links to shows on the website are broken, but there's a simple fix: just replace "english.cntv.cn" at the beginning of the URL with "cctv.cntv.cn" and you'll find the episode you're looking for.

PPTV

PPTV is a content sharing platform open to the public (like YouTube). Anybody can broadcast their own content, and you'll find lots of videos, often with Chinese subtitles.

YouTube channels

The MosaLingua YouTube Channel

Come check out our YouTube channel for tons of videos with tips and tricks to improve your language learning skills. Don't forget to turn on your notifications (click the bell icon) to stay up to date on new videos!

Yoyo Chinese

If you've spent some time studying Chinese, you may already know this YouTube channel. But if not, you're going to thank us. The host, Yangyang, has hundreds of videos with great hacks and tips for learning Chinese. The videos are presented in a fun and clear way, so it's easy to follow along.

ChineseFor.Us

This YouTube channel features lots of videos for learning Mandarin, separated into clear categories and by level of difficulty. Browse through and you're sure to find something at your skill level.

Youku

Youku isn't a YouTube channel, but it's more or less the Chinese equivalent. The content and layout are very similar to YouTube, although there are also features like on-demand videos. The interface is entirely in Chinese.

Tudou

Tudou is similar to Youku (a platform that anyone can post videos on), but the target audience is younger.

TV channels

Mango TV

Mango TV is just one of many national TV channels by the Hunan Broadcasting System, and is very popular in China. Its programs are all available to watch directly on their website.

Speaking

Language exchanges

iTalki

Meet lots of Chinese speakers who are interested in forming language tandems (partner up and chat with someone who wants to learn your native language), or book paid lessons with a Chinese tutor.

How and Where to Find a Conversation Partner

Chatting with a language partner online might be the most entertaining and overall best way to learn Chinese. Work on various skills, from speaking and pronunciation to vocab and listening, and even culture and confidence. We tested the most popular language exchange websites and created a guide to help you decide which one is best for you.

How to Find the Right Chinese Language Partner

You can find this useful article on our blog. It was written by Lance Devore, a guest blogger who began learning Chinese in 2012. In 2018, he married his wife, a Chinese citizen from Guanxi, where they live today. Be sure to read this article for important tips and useful advice on finding a Chinese language correspondent.

Guides and tools for conversation and pronunciation

Forvo Chinese

Forvo is a pronunciation dictionary that lets you listen to the pronunciation of almost any word in a given language, including Mandarin Chinese. The recordings come from users on the website, so you can get a feel for different regional accents.

Pinyin Pronunciation Table

Pinyin is the transcription system for Chinese characters into Latin characters (like what you're reading right now). It is ubiquitous in Chinese language learning, and knowing the corresponding phonetics is essential for correct pronunciation. On the same site, you'll also find a tool that can transcribe pinyin into Chinese characters and vice versa.

Reading and Writing

Newspapers and other media

Xinhua

This is the main site for China News, one of the primary national newspapers. News stories are delivered in a concise manner, and the paper covers a wide variety of topics.

People's Daily Online

The official journal of the Communist Party of China. This online newspaper covers a variety of popular topics, as well as developments from the CPC.

China News

The website of the 2nd most popular Chinese newspaper. It mainly targets Chinese residents of Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, and Chinese expats living around the world.

Taiwan.cn

A Chinese newspaper that focuses on the Taiwanese region and the Taiwan Strait.

The Economic Observer

The online version of the eponymous newspaper, inspired by the UK's Financial Times. This journal takes an in-depth look at financial and economic news in China.

Time Weekly

The online portal for this biweekly magazine, which gives in-depth reviews of current events. Recommended for advanced learners since there is no English site.

Books

Wengu

A full library of classic Chinese literature with English translations. Each individual character of a text is analyzed and explained. You can put your mouse over any character to see its translation.

Writing tools

Skitter

Skritter is an app that uses a spaced repetition system (like MosaLingua) to help you memorize Chinese characters and learn how to use them.

Other Useful Chinese Resources and Guides

MosaTraining: How to Learn Any Language

This course was designed to give you the tools, techniques, and best resources for learning Chinese (or any other language!). Learn the secret techniques used by polyglots, practice the most effective learning methods, and stock your proverbial toolbox with every resource you could possibly need to learn Chinese quickly and have fun doing it.

You can discover more about Chinese culture on this website, and learn the ins and outs of Chinese medicine, art and calligraphy. There are free language classes covering everything you need to know for the HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test). More advanced levels are paid.

Created in partnership with the European Union, this site has free online courses in Chinese, broken up into categories based on your learning goals: travel, studies, business, etc.

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We hope these free online resources for learning Chinese will be of a big help to you. We’re constantly searching for the best resources to help you improve your Chinese skills and updating this page, so be sure to come back from time to time. And finally, if there are any great Chinese tools or resources we didn’t mention but that deserve to be on the list, click here to let us know about them.

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