• Tourist Guides — You can now ready to read all the entries correctly.
• Dictionaries — make sure it uses pinyin, and has both traditional and simplified characters.
• Self-teaching Guides — they are in many price-ranges, depending on if you want to learn characters or only the spoken language. Some have CD’s. Just make sure the books are really using pin yin. If you see a letter “Q” in use, you know it is pin yin.
You can profit from just about any “Learn Chinese” software. You should buy one that introduces the language to you step-by-step before buying one that has only listening examples.
If you find a partner to practice with, it will probably be up to you to provide a learner’s book at your level and have your friend walk through it with you. Or, you can list the things you want to learn how to do, and ask your friend to teach you one at a time. Ask if you can record your conversations.
This website lists Chinese speakers who are looking for students to tutor:
Interzon has been described as “the best role-playing game for studying Chinese. Visit http://zon-labs.com/something-has-changed/.
Here are some more good websites for teaching yourself Chinese:
• Go to http://www.chinapage.com/learnchinese.html where many sites are listed.
• Go to http://chinesepod.com/ and click on “tour.”
• Go to http://www.transparent.com/learn-mandarin-chinese/
• Go to http://how-to-learn-any-language.com/e/languages/mandarin-chinese/index.html
Apps for iPhone or iPod.
To get a Chinese dictionary with many features, type “Pleco Chinese Dictionary” in the iTunes search box. The introductory package is free, but you can later buy additional functions, such as being able to draw a character on your screen and finding the meaning and sound.
Yellow-Bridge lets you look up words by approximate spelling, and by drawing the character:
http://www.yellowbridge.com/. Here’s how it describes itself on its home page:
The web’s most comprehensive Chinese-English Talking Dictionary. Only site to feature both word and character decomposition.
o Listen to words pronounced on your computer.
o View sample sentences to really understand the use of a word in context.
o Search for a character just by drawing it.
o Quickly locate any character if you recognize any of its components.
o Use fuzzy pinyin match to locate a word even if you are unsure of its pronunciation.
o Find the most common related words for any word.
o Check out our very cool Etymology Explorer.
Easiest to use Chinese Flashcards. Customized for some of the top textbooks, including Integrated Chinese and New Practical Chinese Reader. Other word lists available too.
Chinese Memory Game. A fun alternative to flashcards.
YellowTip popup word translation allows you to read Chinese text even if you don’t know all of the words. Our new improved version will even let you annotate your own text or any webpage.