Mandarin Chinese Resources

iaing au Australia

Below is a listing of recommendations and resources for learning Mandarin.

Lingq thread - "How do I start Chinese?" my recommendation: http://www.lingq.com/forum/46/17367/?page=1#post-122457

Steve on Mandarin study and language meta-learning:

Why people have difficulties studying Chinese: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPhmTOmB26E

transcript: http://www.lingq.com/learn/zh/workdesk/item/9876530/reader/

Seven secrets of successful language learning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDqoNTRB3og

transcript: http://www.lingq.com/learn/zh/workdesk/item/9887815/reader/

On the Importance of Input: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V0iemIfeBQ

transcript: http://www.lingq.com/learn/zh/workdesk/item/9887841/reader/

词汇量为什么重要: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybGXbHMkFHc

transcript: http://www.lingq.com/learn/zh/workdesk/item/9887851/reader/

Beginner: recommended Mandarin language-learning podcasts, with audio and transcripts:

Popup Chinese (Pàopào Zhōngwén 泡泡中文): http://popupchinese.com/

Chinesepod : http://chinesepod.com/

Slow Chinese (Mànsù Zhōngwén 慢速中文): http://www.slow-chinese.com/

The Chairman's Bao : http://www.thechairmansbao.com/

Wolf and Huahua series : http://www.lingq.com/learn/zh/library/courses/26942/

(you are best off with these 5 imo, all the rest suffer in comparison, stick to Mandarin-only content on these sites)

Advanced: I'd recommend Mandarin chat radio with transcripts as the "gold standard" for advanced learning Mandarin:

Chat radio, with audio and transcripts:

Chat Radio Transcripts - Mandarin: http://www.lingq.com/learn/zh/library/courses/162011/

Chat Radio Transcripts - Mandarin - Longer Chats (刘江 SBS): https://www.lingq.com/learn/zh/library/courses/225225/

Morning coffee - Mandarin talk back radio transcripts : https://www.lingq.com/learn/zh/library/courses/219558/

Hot issues: http://www.lingq.com/learn/zh/library/courses/40134/

TV shows are also good : TV shows, with exportable transcripts:

Most shows from viki.com are ok. Also, if you register as an editor you can access soft copies of transcripts. Also see learn mode - https://support.viki.com/hc/en-us/articles/231829048-How-to-use-Learn-Mode-

Also:

Lǔ Yù yǒu yuē (鲁豫有约):

http://phtv.ifeng.com/listpage/678/1/list.shtml

http://phtv.ifeng.com/program/lyyy/list_0/0.shtml

Qiāngqiāng sān rén xíng (锵锵三人行):

http://phtv.ifeng.com/listpage/677/1/list.shtml

http://phtv.ifeng.com/program/qqsrx/list_0/0.shtml

Fēichéngwùrǎo , If you are the one (非诚勿扰): http://bit.ly/1ZqqsBA

1+1 : http://cctv.cntv.cn/lm/xinwenyijiayi/video/index.shtml

Kangxi : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-z9BI8hMHNPrvnccyWgjyg

Míngrén miànduìmiàn (名人面对面):

http://phtv.ifeng.com/listpage/679/1/list.shtml

http://phtv.ifeng.com/program/mrmdm/list_0/0.shtml

Distractions:

The Jinxing Show: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1OG5YATWAbDw_-GefWKq6-nzz2rg--eS

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGjsh-EBqdUPoPEETWTuNxS_gdCjaq701

越夜越动听 http://v.qq.com/vplus/shfm1017/foldervideos/vdf000001z2lv5z

Funniest Home Videos: http://tv.cntv.cn/videoset/VSET100165719242

Top Gear: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whQmBkoMwHo&list=PL4h4SEPdxAGwbZ-4qhdAeg27JPJ2Kmzrk

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1OG5YATWAbDRhsuTA-tkdI6_ibrT3KKw

Àiqíng bǎowèi zhàn (爱情保卫战): https://www.youtube.com/user/aqbwz

Miss Puff: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfDsdWj37vIyvmqyDI3cV4w

Podcasts:

Lìzhī (荔枝) : http://www.lizhi.fm/

PlayerFM/zh : https://player.fm/zh/featured/topics

Dragonfly : http://www.qingting.fm/

Xǐmǎlāyǎ (喜马拉雅) : http://www.ximalaya.com/

Books and Audiobooks:

Hán Hán (韩寒) "Sānchóngmén" (三重门)

Liú Cíxīn (刘慈欣) "Sān tǐ" (三体)

Qián Zhōngshū ( 钱锺书) "Wéi Chéng" (围城)

Mò Yán (莫言) "Tiāntáng suàntái zhī gē" (天堂蒜薹之歌)

Lǔ Xùn (鲁迅) "ĀQ zhèngzhuàn" (阿Q正传)

https://www.lingq.com/learn/zh/library/courses/231166/

Local (for me) content:

http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/yourlanguage/mandarin/ ,

http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/mandarin?language=en ,

http://www.oursteps.com.au/bbs/forum.php ,

http://www.oursteps.com.au/bbs/forum.php?mod=forumdisplay&fid=43

Xiàngsheng (相声): http://www.xiangsheng.org/portal.php?mod=list&catid=59 , http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/articlelist_1219126120_0_1.html

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The above is 80% of what I used, below is the "long tail" other 20%:

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Other TV shows

Current affairs / social shows, with audio and transcripts:

Zhìfùjīng (致富经) : http://cctv.cntv.cn/lm/zhifujing/ , http://cctv.cntv.cn/lm/zhifujing/video/

Měirì nóngjīng (每日农经) : http://cctv.cntv.cn/lm/meirinongjing/ , http://cctv.cntv.cn/lm/meirinongjing/video/

Wèndá shénzhōu (问答神州): http://phtv.ifeng.com/program/wdsz/list_0/0.shtml

Fēngyún duìhuà (风云对话) : http://phtv.ifeng.com/program/fydh/list_0/0.shtml

Yǔ mèngxiǎng tóngxíng (与梦想同行) : http://phtv.ifeng.com/program/ymxtx/list_0/0.shtml

Shèhuì néng jiàndù (社会能见度): http://phtv.ifeng.com/program/shnjd/list_0/0.shtml

Lěngnuǎn rénshēng (冷暖人生): http://phtv.ifeng.com/program/lnrs/list_0/0.shtml

Huánqiú shìxiàn (环球视线): http://cctv.cntv.cn/lm/huanqiushixian/index.shtml

Miànduìmiàn (面对面): http://cctv.cntv.cn/lm/mianduimian/index.shtml

Zhōumò lóngménzhèn (周末龙门阵): http://phtv.ifeng.com/program/zmlmz/list_0/0.shtml

Zǒng biānjí shíjiān (总编辑时间): http://phtv.ifeng.com/program/zbjsj/list_0/0.shtml

Shíshì kāijiǎng (时事开讲): http://phtv.ifeng.com/program/sskj/list_0/0.shtml

Yīzhōu cáijīng xīn qūshì ( 一周财经新趋势): http://phtv.ifeng.com/program/cjxqs/list_0/0.shtml

Tiānxià bèi wǎngluó (天下被网罗): http://phtv.ifeng.com/program/txbwl/list_0/0.shtml

Shí píng dà cáijīng (石评大财经): http://phtv.ifeng.com/program/spdcj/list_0/0.shtml

Jiāodiǎn guānzhù (焦点关注): http://phtv.ifeng.com/program/jdgz/list_0/0.shtml

Jiāodiǎn fǎngtán (焦点访谈) : http://cctv.cntv.cn/lm/jiaodianfangtan/jiemushipin/index.shtml

Xīnwén jīnrì tán ( 新闻今日谈) : http://phtv.ifeng.com/program/xwjrt/list_0/0.shtml

Huánqiú rénwù zhōukān (环球人物周刊) : http://phtv.ifeng.com/program/hqrwzk/list_0/0.shtml

Yī hǔ yī xítán (一虎一席谈) : http://phtv.ifeng.com/program/yhyxt/list_0/0.shtml

Shíshì biànlùnhuì (时事辩论会) : http://phtv.ifeng.com/program/ssblh/list_0/0.shtml

Health shows, with audio and transcripts:

Jiànkāng xīn gàiniàn (健康新概念): http://phtv.ifeng.com/program/jkxgn/list_0/0.shtml

Jiànkāng yǒu yuē (健康有约): http://jiankang.cntv.cn/jkyy/ , http://jiankang.cntv.cn/

Food shows, with audio and transcripts:

Shéjiān shàng de Zhōngguó (舌尖上的中国), video : http://jishi.cntv.cn/program/sjsdzg/index.shtml

Shéjiān shàng de Zhōngguó (舌尖上的中国), transcripts : http://wenku.baidu.com/view/b635a6da84254b35eefd3442.html , http://tushu.junshishu.com/Book20624/

Speeches, with audio and transcripts:

http://kejiao.cntv.cn/special/kaijiangla/biyeji/

History / culture, with audio and transcripts:

Shàngxià wǔqiān nián (上下五千年): http://www.amazon.cn/%E6%9C%89%E5%A3%B0%E2%80%A2%E4%B8%8A%E4%B8%8B%E4%BA%94%E5%8D%83%E5%B9%B4/dp/B00118OIIA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343144533&sr=8-1

Wǒ de Zhōngguó xīn (我的中国心): http://phtv.ifeng.com/program/wdzgx/list_0/0.shtml

Wénhuà dàguānyuán (文化大观园): http://phtv.ifeng.com/program/whdgy/list_0/0.shtml

Téngfēi Zhōngguó (腾飞中国): http://phtv.ifeng.com/program/tfzg/list_0/0.shtml

Books, reviews, with audio and transcripts:

Kāijuàn bā fēnzhōng (开卷八分钟): http://phtv.ifeng.com/program/kjbfz/list_0/0.shtml

Newscasts, with audio and transcripts:

Daily newspaper reading : http://phtv.ifeng.com/program/ybttd/list_0/0.shtml

XMWB : http://www.xmwb.com.cn/

VOA : http://www.voachinese.com/

UN Radio : http://www.unmultimedia.org/radio/chinese/

CCTV : http://cctv.cntv.cn/lm/xinwenlianbo/

imandarinpod news : http://www.imandarinpod.com/hoola/index.php/special-chinese

Weather, with audio and transcripts:

http://xinwenlianbo.tv/tianqiyubao/

http://www.weathertv.cn/

Goss / entertainment sites, with some audio and transcripts:

http://ent.ifeng.com/

Interviews with TV/Music/Movies stars (h/t ShenBo): http://fangtan.ifensi.com/

Diǎndī fènghuáng rén (點滴鳳凰人): http://phtv.ifeng.com/program/ddfhr/list_0/0.shtml

Yú yuè dà fēngbào (娱乐大风暴): http://phtv.ifeng.com/program/yldfb/list_0/0.shtml

Wánquán shíshàng shǒucè (完全时尚手册): http://phtv.ifeng.com/program/wqsssc/list_0/0.shtml

Fènghuáng zīxùn bǎng (凤凰资讯榜): http://phtv.ifeng.com/program/fhzxb/list_0/0.shtml

Standup comedy, with audio and transcripts: http://www.lingq.com/forum/40/35648/

Finance / economics shows, with audio and transcripts:

Interviews with Chinese Economists (h/t ShenBo) : http://money.163.com/economist

Jīnshí cáijīng (金石财经): http://phtv.ifeng.com/program/jscj/list_0/0.shtml

Cáijīng diǎnduìdiǎn (财经点对点): http://phtv.ifeng.com/program/cjddd/list_0/0.shtml

Science podcasts, with audio and transcripts:

adults: http://www.csiro.au/en/Portals/Multimedia/CSIROpod-Mandarin.aspx

kids: http://www.hongbalun.com/

Audiobooks:

鲁迅: https://librivox.org/author/2654?primary_key=2654&search_category=author&search_page=1&search_form=get_results

Arthur Conan Doyle, example (h/t LFJ):

Text: http://www.shuku.net/novels/foreign/mosi/mosi.html

Audio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1sbP6_3680

Folk stories, with audio and transcripts:

http://www.worldstories.org.uk/stories/stories?lang=cantonese,mandarin

Different dialects, with audio and transcripts:

http://phonemica.net/

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Xiàngsheng (相声), audio and transcripts:

Listening Comprehension In Chinese: Performing 'comic dialogs' (shuo xiangsheng), Cornelius C. Kubler, ISBN: 0-88710-184-4

Xiàngsheng (相声) transcripts: http://www.xiangsheng.org/portal.php?mod=list&catid=59 , http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/articlelist_1219126120_0_1.html

Xiàngsheng (相声), with Chinese subs (Guō Dégāng 郭德纲 etc): http://www.youku.com/playlist_show/id_5253561.html

A good way to get xiangsheng transcripts and dialogues together is to go through lists like this http://www.xiangsheng.org/portal.php?mod=list&catid=59 ,and this http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/articlelist_1219126120_0_1.html , then look for a performer you like, then just search on the name of the performance and/or dòugén for a video or the audio.

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General news sites:

Cáixīn (财新): http://www.caixin.com/ , Cáixīn Enjoy (Enjoy财新) : http://enjoy.caixin.com/, BBC : http://www.bbc.co.uk/zhongwen/simp/ , DW : http://www.dw.de/%E5%9C%A8%E7%BA%BF%E6%8A%A5%E5%AF%BC/s-9058 , NYT : http://cn.nytimes.com/ , NHK : http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/chinese/top/index.html ,

RFI : http://www.chinese.rfi.fr/ , FT : http://www.ftchinese.com/ , Finance Sina: http://finance.sina.com.cn/ , 163: http://www.163.com/ , QQ news: http://news.qq.com/ , China dialogue : https://www.chinadialogue.net/ , Engadget : http://chinese.engadget.com/ , Techcrunch : http://techcrunch.cn/ , Guokr : http://www.guokr.com/ , Sōngshǔhuì (松鼠会) : http://songshuhui.net/ , Swissinfo.ch : http://www.swissinfo.ch/chi , SBS : http://www.sbs.com.au/chinese/ , China daily: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/language_tips/news/ , thepaper: http://www.thepaper.cn/

Radio:

Tunein Stations : 87.6 Beijing Joy FM, 87.8 VOC, 103.9 Beijing Traffic. RTI online: http://cnnews.rti.org.tw/ . 87.6 FM videos: http://v.rbc.cn/myvideo?uid=84207 , Radiovr : http://radiovr.com.cn/ , ifeng: http://uradio.ifeng.com/ , CNR: http://www.cnr.cn/ , http://wyzs.cnr.cn/ , SBS : http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/social-tags/mandarin , http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/social-tags/curatedm2 , CRI education: http://gb.cri.cn/1321/more/43229/more43229.htm

General podcasts, no transcripts:

Go to itunes, change your country to China, click on podcasts.

Some good ones:

https://itunes.apple.com/cn/podcast/huai-dan-diao-pin/id515330701?mt=2

https://itunes.apple.com/cn/podcast/xin-wen-suan-cai-guan/id473501583?mt=2

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/you-de-liao-bo-ke/id493254305?mt=2

https://itunes.apple.com/nz/podcast/lao-wai-kan-dian/id785834971?mt=2

also see: Xǐmǎlāyǎ (喜马拉雅) : http://www.ximalaya.com/

Movies and TV shows:

General TV and vids : pptv http://www.pptv.com/ , Sōuhú (搜狐) http://tv.sohu.com/ , Bǎidù shìpín (百度视频) http://v.baidu.com/ , Sōukù (搜库) http://www.soku.com/ , Ài qíyì (爱奇艺) http://www.iqiyi.com/ , Tǔdòu (土豆) http://www.tudou.com/ , Yōukù (优酷) http://www.youku.com/ , Mángguǒ TV (芒果TV) , http://www.hunantv.com/ , CCTV : http://cctv1.cntv.cn/ , BRTN : http://www.brtn.cn/ , Dragon : http://www.dragontv.cn/

, Kids TV : http://cctv14.cntv , and in particular http://cctv.cntv.cn/lm/donghuajuchang/index.shtml , this one is ok : http://donghua.cntv.cn/special/dedtt/shouye/ , http://donghua.cntv.cn/2013/09/29/VIDA1380424397912453.shtml

ZhongwenMovies: http://www.zhongwenmovies.com/

Watch movies in Chinese : https://www.facebook.com/watchmoviesinchinese

Wénmíng zhī lǚ (文明之旅), with subs : http://cctv.cntv.cn/lm/wenmingzhilv/index.shtml

Youtube soft subs:

1. To obtain text use: keepsubs.com or any srt downloader

2. To obtain audio: mp3/4 downloaders

Example content, with Chinese soft subs:

江苏卫视官方频道 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZWO2OrUFQ0F6Ft_zO4LqQg

eg: http://bit.ly/1ZqqsBA

Kangxi https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-z9BI8hMHNPrvnccyWgjyg

Books :

Bookfree : http://www.bookfree.com.cn/ , librivox: https://librivox.org/

Online forums:

Wēibó (微博) top trending topics: http://huati.weibo.com/

Tiānyá (天涯): http://bbs.tianya.cn/

Dòubàn (豆瓣): http://www.douban.com/

BBC news forums: http://newsforums.bbc.co.uk/ws/category.jspa?categoryID=5 , http://www.bbc.co.uk/zhongwen/simp/comments_on_china/index.shtml

Oursteps : http://www.oursteps.com.au/bbs/forum.php

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Some inspiration I used, some westerners who speak better Chinese than many Chinese people do:

Julien Gaudfroy:

http://tv.cntv.cn/video/C39192/f0ca8aadbba2406a82212f19da908785

Charlotte Macinnis: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noyCrTCleZ0

Michael Crook: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voZ4Lfbs19o

Jonathan Kos Read:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOkSm-3H7hU

+obviously this guy - along with Gaudfroy, O Deorian etc: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNTA2NTY3MDMy.html

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/05/can-stand-up-comedy-succeed-in-china/361801/

k-rud:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2APOCKyB3k#t=394

Other links:

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Pronunciation:

Sinosplice provides and excellent overview for beginners:

http://www.sinosplice.com/learn-chinese/pronunciation-of-mandarin-chinese

Sinosplice pretty much nails it - but the following two links helped me with some of the more nuanced aspects, like the umlaut u:

http://www.learnchineseabc.com/chinese-pinyin-initials.htm , http://www.learnchineseabc.com/chinese-pinyin-finals.htm [ignore the instructions at learnchineseabc, which is mostly incorrect - and just watch the visuals]

Also seek out lots of PSC-type material eg

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XOTE5NTEwOTY=.html?from=y1.2-1-87.3.7-2.1-1-1-6

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XODg2NjczNTI=.html?from=y1.2-1-87.3.3-2.1-1-1-2

I also highly recommend computer pronunciation feedback programs, or regularly recording yourself speaking natural dialogs and re-listening with a critical ear.

Casual conversation : (lingq, italki, chinesehour etc).

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Notable mentions:

Pleco https://www.pleco.com/ , also see: http://pth.linqi.org/pyzd_biaozhu.html , http://mandarinspot.com/annotate , http://www.iciba.com/

Chinese grammar wiki: http://resources.allsetlearning.com/chinese/grammar/

Talkify: http://talkify.net/

culturelab: http://culturelab.cc/

FluentU Mandarin : http://www.fluentu.com/chinese/ (I haven't used it since it became way too expensive. The ROI on sites like fluentu is also way overrated imo. No easy way to download dialogues etc, or to get editable text, dialogues too short etc). Also see - culturelab.cc

Sino motion: http://sinomotion.tumblr.com/

Funniest home videos : http://tv.cntv.cn/videoset/VSET100165719242

Shiny : http://www.shinychinese.com/

Shanghai xinmin : http://shanghai.xinmin.cn/video/ms/index.html

Chāoxīng (超星): http://chaoxing.com/

Chāoxīng mooc page : http://mooc.chaoxing.com/

Justing: www.justing.com.cn

also here: https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/jing-ya-si-ting-zhong-wen/id289656806?mt=2

other moocs:

mooc.guokr.com

http://www.icourses.cn/home/

http://video.jingpinke.com/

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My own views, fwiw:

Lingq thread - "How do I learn to read and write characters?" my response : http://www.lingq.com/forum/45/23045/?page=1#post-161810

Lingq thread - "Best way to learn a new language?" my response: http://www.lingq.com/forum/1/31284/?page=1#post-175821

Lingq thread - How many hours will it take me to get fluent? my response: http://www.lingq.com/forum/1/35158/?jump_to=1#post-194718

Lingq thread - The "10,000 hour rule" is not a rule : https://www.lingq.com/forum/1/38895/

Lingq thread - The fallacy of the two big jumps in language learning: http://www.lingq.com/forum/1/32320/

Lingq thread - How to remove your native accent : http://www.lingq.com/forum/4/35861/?page=1#post-199359

Lingq thread - My approach to studying Chinese : http://www.lingq.com/forum/40/32346/

April 2014