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Useful Online Tools for Chinese-Learning

2017/8/11 19:14:32

It is without doubt that the ability to speak and understand Chinese will make you more competitive in Job Market and make your life in China much easier. But let's be honest, learning Chinese is not easy. Here the considerate JRE find some great online tools to help you read, write, speak and basically smash the Chinese language. Here are those prove most popular.

 

THINK: Hacking Chinese            

Hacking Chinese offers some nifty tricks for Chinese learners to master Mandarin system. Presented in clear 

English by olle Jinge, a Swedish native who's very fluent in Chinese, the website gives learners tips and 

strategies from a foreigner's perspectives, as well as learning resourcesfor improving Chinese listening, writing and 

reading skills.

 

WATCH: FluentU Chinese

FluentU Chinese is the go-to website for your Chinese language binge watching needs. It has a tonne of videos of all genres and fluency levels with both English and Chinese subtiles. The content is current and relevant.

 

WRITE: Arch Chinese Learning System

Learning to write Chinese is a total bummer. Who knew you had to do the strokes in a certain direction and

 order? Arch Chinese is here to hold your hand, almost literally. The resource, popular with Ivy League schools 

in the US, boasts a tool with animated character writing. Every character also comes with a voiced recording, 

so you can practice pronunciation at the same time.

READ: The Chairman's Bao

The wonderfully-named Chairman's Bao is an interactive online newspaper geared towards Chinese learners. The regularly updated articles are labeled by HSK level and range from elementary to advanced. You can also switch to Cantonese if you are really sadistic, highlight a character to get the pinyin and definition, and sort by topic.

 SPEAK: Rocket Languages 

The gem in Rocket Languages lofty crown is its audio lessons and pronunciation practice. They're specifically targeted at getting you to the level of having a real-life conversation with a real-life Chinese person. Scary, we know! The pronunciation tools will get you speaking like a native in no time. You can therefore look forward to sounding like a pirate if you live in Beijing.

LISTEN: Chinese Voices

Speaking of the Beijing accent, you might have noticed that it's very hard to understand, even for other Chinese people. If this it the wicked world you live in, Chinese Voices might just save your sanity. The podcasts are recorded by native Beijingers, nice and slowly. There are also talking about everyday matters, which make a nice change from the complex Chinese idioms you'll come across on regular Chinese podcasts.

DEFINE: YellowBridge

YellowBridge is a designated dictionary website with a whole host of sexy bells and whistles. When you look up a 

character, you'll not only get a list of its various meanings, but also info on possible pronunciations, 

frequency of use, and an animation of stroke order for writing.

PLAY: Digital Dialects

Learning Chinese is fun, said no-one ever. You can give it a fair go though on Digital Dialects, and online language learning website with a range of audiovisual games to help you master basic phrases, vocab and grammar.

CONNECT: Italki

Italki is an wonderful online resource for connecting with Mandarin speakers via Skype. You can either pay an affordable rate for one-to-one lessons with a qualitied Chinese tutor, or freeload to your heart's content with a free language partner.

REMEMBER: Memrise

Memrise is used for getting Chinese nicely bedded into your brain. It uses Q&A system (with multiple-choice AS) and other crowd-sourced resources such as flashcards to help your Chinese get and stay membbered.

ASK: Chinese-forums.com

Sometimes you just hit a wall when you are struck with a burning question you can't find the answer to. More often than not, some smartarsse on Chinese-forums.com will be more than happy to publically tell you the answer. The active community is comprised of native speakers and expert learners. It's like having a show-off tutor on hand whenever you need one.

 

CONQUER: Global Exam 

If you're going legit and taking the HSK exam, Global-Exam will get you up to speed. The online learning tool offes specialized training for specific exams, a progress tracker plus test drills under real time conditions.