Chinese resources

A regularly-updated list of language resources to help kickstart your studies.

Apps for learning Chinese

Pleco dictionary is the best dictionary out there and displays words in simplified and traditional.
SuperChinese – learn Chinese with visual stories and spaced repetition
Du Chinese – reading practice
HSKOnline – specifically for HSK prep but is full of content!
Skritter: to learn characters – sign up here on the desktop website for 33% off for 6 months. Discount code is already applied.

Useful Chinese videos on my channel

Chinese textbooks

Berlitz Basic Mandarin Chinese on Amazon – I used this when I just started and it was good to have an audio CD to go along so I could get used to pronunciation.

A Practical Chinese Grammar An oldie but a goldie! I refer to this book a lot.

Integrated Chinese Vol 1

Review of An A to Z Grammar for Chinese learners (Traditional Chinese)

Resources specific to Traditional Chinese

Huayu world beginner to advanced PDFs
Lee Katrina Youtube lessons
BoPoMoFo Taiwanese song by Louis
An A to Z Grammar for Chinese learners textbook
You can learn traditional characters on 
Skritter too. Sign up on the desktop website here, try it out for 15 days for free, and then only pay $9.99/month for 6 months.

Miscellaneous resources

Fun China World: game-based platform for learning Chinese language and culture. You’re immersed in a virtual China where you can do quests, interact with characters and explore culture. 
Wordbrewery sentences with vocabulary from news (many languages)
100 most frequent characters 
BBC Chinese
Reddit Chinese forum
Taiwanese Mandarin vs Mainaland Chinese video

Chinese content on YouTube

YoYoChinese (one of my favorite Chinese-teaching channels)
Learn Chinese with Litao
HSK Exam Prep
HSK Academy
Chinese Zero to Hero
Mr Yang (he teaches English to Chinese speakers but is super funny)

Mamahuhu (really funny channel)
Namewee (Malaysian Chinese entertainer)
XiaoYu (Taiwanese vlogger)

My Chinese playlist on Spotify

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Cambridge basic Chinese online course

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