Chinese resources

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

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 through full sentences, context-rich stories and audio. Get 10% off a subscription using code LINDIE10!
HSKOnline – specifically for HSK prep but is full of content!
HelloChinese
Pandarow
Skritter: to learn Chinese characters – sign up here on the desktop website for 10% off any subscription. Discount code 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)

10% off Du Chinese app subscriptions

Du Chinese is one of the coolest apps out there for learning Chinese naturally through reading and audio. I use it especially for the context-rich stories and sentence translations.

The app is free to try out, but some lessons need a subscription – use my code LINDIE10 for a 10% discount on a subscription for Du Chinese. Available on Android and iOS!

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. 

Miscellaneous resources

Mandarinbean
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

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

Entertainment
Mamahuhu (really funny channel)
Laowhy86
AdvChina
Namewee (Malaysian Chinese entertainer)
XiaoYu (Taiwanese vlogger)
EBCbuzz

My Chinese playlist on Spotify

10% off any Skritter subscription

Skritter is an awesome way to learn Traditional and Simplified Hanzi (Chinese characters) as well as Japanese Kanji.

Get 10% off a subscription by signing up on the desktop website here. Then you can download any of the mobile apps. 

The discount code is already applied on the link!

Prefer to take a Chinese course or study with a tutor?

ChineseClass101
ChinesePod
Cambridge basic Chinese online course

iTalki – get $10 credits after booking your first lesson with a tutor! Find a native Chinese-speaking tutor and book affordable language lessons online. I use italki* for Chinese and having a tutor helps me improve much faster than I would if I were studying alone. Feel free to ask me about my italki experiences.

*These are affiliate links, which means you get a discount and I get a small percentage if a purchase is made. Thank you for your support. 

IMG_3609

Want to study Chinese in a China at a beautiful school in the mountains? Yangshuo Omeida Academy in the heart of China offers intensive lessons to people looking for a well-rounded learning experience.

Use my code LindieBotes to get a RMB200 discount on tuition!*

Weekly language inspiration

Get motivated with my language learning videos on YouTube 🎉