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Chinese Studies: Language Skills

A guide to resources for the study of China

Introduction

This page is a work in progress; additional content coming soon.

Online Chinese Language Study Applications

 

BYU subscribes to two very good programs for supplementing your study of Chinese (and numerous other languages) at your own speed.

Click below to explore.

 

Mango is a language learning software database BYU students can use to supplement coursework, maintain and improve language skills, or learn a new language in ways that can be playful and fun. This includes language learning through movies, poetry and music. You can engage with the computer and improve pronunciation through speech-recognition software.


- With over 70 different languages from Arabic to Yiddish -
After connecting to the database using the link above, sign up for your own individual account.
Then log in, choose your level of language proficiency and conversational topic, and enjoy your language-learning experience!

Look for the option below the login boxes to explore the site as a guest.

You can explore the site as a guest or create a free account to save progress.

Type Chinese into the "Pick a Language" box to see what resources are available.


You can also get a Mango APP for your handheld device.


Pronunciator Language Software

Pronunciator  is a language learning software database BYU students can use to supplement coursework, maintain and improve language skills, or just learn a new language in ways that can be playful and fun. This includes language learning (for the most common languages) through movies, poetry and music -- and a virtual tutor. You can engage with the computer and improve pronunciation through speech-recognition software.


- With 80 different languages from Afrikaans to Welsh and Xhosa -

Try it with "instant access" then type Chinese in the "I want to learn _________." box.

 

After connecting to the database using the link above, sign up for your own individual account to save your progress, then log in, choose your level of language proficiency and conversational topic, and enjoy your language-learning experience!


Once you are a registered user, you can go directly to 
www.pronunciator.com

PLUS you can get a Pronunciator APP for your handheld device.

Best Online Dictionaries & Dictionary Apps

Pleco

For your Chinese to English, English to Chinese, and Chinese to Chinese dictionary needs, I recommend that you download the Pleco App to your device. There are many excellent features and dictionaries that can be purchased within the App. 


Oxford English-Chinese & Chinese-English Dictionary 

You may need to login with your BYU NetID. When prompted, select "Chinese" from among the dictionary choices.

 

PRC Ministry of Education List of Standard Characters

In 2013, the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China published a table of 8,105 standard characters. 

Click here for access to the list:

通用規範漢字表 (Current Standard Chinese Character Chart) 

Here is a Wikisource copy of the chart

Click here to download a PDF of the list (100 MB)

The list is divided into three tiers, the first 3,500 characters comprise the most common characters.

After the list of 8,105 characters you will find a comprehensive list of standard simplified characters compared with their traditional (繁體) forms.

Finally, there is also a second list of all 8,105 characters organized by the number of strokes in each character.


Dictionary of Chinese Character Variants 

Enter a Chinese character to see the various ways the character has been written. You can also find a character by using the number of strokes in the "radical" to drill down to the appropriate graph.

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Web Resources

Apps for Learning Asian Languages

Chinese Pod Podcast provides access to hundreds of free 15 minute lessons (audio only) on a variety of topics. Three levels, each with over 300 episodes each, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced.  In addition, the Chinese Pod website provides access to 4,000+ lessons with transcriptions, vocabulary lists, and other study helps. Full access requires $14/month. 


Assimil

Bluebird

Duolingo

LingoDeer

Glossika


Business Skills: Learn Mandarin Chinese (Wyoming Attorney) This website provides several useful links to websites that host content for learning modern Mandarin Chinese.


Speak Chinese Naturally 自然而然說中文 Podcast for the advanced learner.


Listening Makes Perfect 听一听 This site from the University of Kansas Open Resource Language Center is designed to help beginning Chinese language students improve their pronunciation and Romanization skills. 


Improve Chinese Fluency This site, created by BYU Professor Rachel Yu Liu 刘瑜, is designed to help advanced students of Chinese improve reading, writing, and presentation skills.


Hacking Chinese: A Better Way to Learn Mandarin

Many excellent resources for learning and improving your Mandarin Chinese skills.


Slow Chinese News Letter by Andrew Methven

Discussions of contemporary topics, idioms, and slang for advancing your Chinese skills.


Singapore Slang (Shinglish) List of 50 Useful Phrases

Scroll down to find "The Ultimate Singlish Guide"


“Escape” 逃出去

A text-based adventure game for improving your intermediate Chinese reading and listening skills.


Voice of America News on China

Voice of America (VOA) is the largest U.S. international broadcaster, reaching an estimated weekly audience of more than 280 million people. Since its creation in 1942, Voice of America has been committed to providing comprehensive coverage of the news and telling audiences the truth free of political interference. VOA is part of the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), the government agency that oversees all non-military, U.S. international broadcasting. It is funded by the U.S. Congress. VOA broadcasts in MandarinCantoneseand Tibetan.