- - - Hey students...it's very simple really. You must learn those inflections (tones), those verbs and new vocabulary and how to use them effectively. Chinese is not a phonetic language. The pronunciation is not related to the writing of Chinese words (characters). A special tool called Pinyin (pronouncing the sound) is created for people to learn Mandarin pronunciation. Pinyin is a way to transcribe Chinese characters so people can pronounce it. The writing of Pinyin is similar to English alphabet.
If you listen carefully you will find Chinese is a beautiful language as it has more musical sounds (vowels) than noise (consonants). Except for nasal sound like "n" and "m", all Chinese syllables ends with vowels. So we call them "Final Sounds". The consonants at the beginning of a syllable are called "Initial Sounds".
Most of Mandarin sounds are Easy for English speaker to pronounce but some sounds are Difficult and require more practice. So practice daily. Speak out loud. I learned in grad school that you will make 250,000 errors before you become "minimally proficient" in Chinese...so do not be afraid to make errors. Practice. I used to tell my students that errors are "lessons in wisdom." So get started today and make lots of errors and "get them out of the way!"
::: My best students were never hesitant to speak up and to try new utterances. You do the same and you will succeed! So get busy and check out all these helpful sites below that are aimed to help you become proficient in Chinese.
Maplandia for China from GOOGLE China Google Satellite map
that maps China locations. Maplandia.com enables you to explore everywhere in China through detailed satellite imagery - fast and easy as never before.
China Shapes the World A new FT series examines the growing influence of China and its impact on economies and markets around the globe. FT correspondents on five continents write about the financial, military, diplomatic and cultural dimensions of the country grise, with video reports and interactive graphics..
Welcome to Learning Chocolate Welcome to Learning Chocolate! This Chinese web site aims to help students to memorize vocabulary in an easy and efficient way, by using pictures, sounds and games. Try the games and enjoy learning, like eating chocolate. Nice new site!
Baidu/#1 search engine in China
The leading Chinese language search engine, provides "simple and reliable" search experience, strong in Chinese language and multi-media content including MP3 music and movies, the first to offer WAP and PDA-based mobile search in China.
This is China From YouTube: China has one of the world's oldest people and continuous civilizations, consisting of states and cultures dating back more than six millennia. It has the world's longest continuously used written language system, and is the source of such major inventions as what the British scholar and biochemist Joseph Needham called the "four great inventions of Ancient China": paper,the compass, gunpowder, and printing.
Cantonese: Cantonese is spoken by about 66 million people mainly in the south east of China, particularly in Hong Kong, Macau, Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan. It is also spoken in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines and among Overseas Chinese communities in many other countries. In many schools in Hong Kong and Macau, Cantonese is the medium of instruction, though the students are taught to read and write standard Chinese, which they read with Cantonese pronunciation. Cantonese is also the main language of business, the media and government in both Hong Kong and Macau.
Learn Cantonese and Putonghua Cantonese is one of the five major languages in China and is widly spoken by more than 60 million people Cantonese in the world - Southern China, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Canada, United States, Australia, New Zealand and other countries.
Learn Chinese Links Learn Mandarin Chinese quickly and easily!
40 online lessons with audio, including reading, speaking, writing, modern vocabulary, grammar, calligraphy, examples and exercices. All texts and dialogs in mp3 format for download.
Kids Learn Chinese Online Games Here are some fun and interactive online games that teach kids Chinese. I made them for my own kids to play with to learn Chinese, and I hope you and your kids will have fun with them as well.
Next Step China Next Step China offers a comprehensive selection of study Chinese in China, internship and teach English in China programs for both students and professionals seeking to improve their skills, gain valuable experience, and obtain new opportunities to succeed.
eChinese Learning Learn Chinese via Live Online Lessons. When you learn Chinese with us, you can actually see and talk with our Chinese teachers (not pre-recorded). Our lessons are conducted live using Video Instant Messengers such as Skype.
Keats School Keats School is the only Chinese language school in Kunming which offers full services and is located in the city center. For students who want to study Chinese in China, we provide intensive one-on-one Chinese language instruction to overseas students.
Hutong School Hutong School gathers people with a real interest in China. Although the Middle Kingdom is quickly changing into a critical hub of the modern world, traces of its ancient history still remain.
Study In China A comprehensive listing of universities, high schools and elementary schools all across China.
Study in China A comprehensive site with dozens of possibilities. Study-in-china.org aims to guide the international students intending to study in China, from general consultation firstly to successfully being accepted by a satisfying university in the end. We are with you on each step. What we offer: Study-in-China.org provides international students with service on recommendation of admission to China university/college for higher education. Our school members include 1,000 college/universities involving Study majors of Medicine, Engineering, Agriculture, Business management etc.
Live the Language
Live the Language Mandarin School specialises in offering full immersion Chinese Language Courses in Beijing. Ranging from two weeks to a full academic year (two semesters), they include Home Stay Options, learning Kong Fu in Chinese and intensive Mandarin Classes. Upon completion of the course free internship placements with Chinese Companies in a full Chinese Language environment are offered.
Thinking Chinese Links China Links print version 'Cause we have to share it al' No sponsored links here, only websites that our site staff (along with numerous students of the Chinese language and culture) have been assisted by.
Chinese-Tools/Free Online Mandarin Learn Mandarin Chinese quickly and easily! 40 online lessons with audio, including reading, speaking, writing, modern vocabulary, grammar, calligraphy, examples and exercices. All texts and dialogs in mp3 format for download.
Chinese Multimedia You will hear the main dialogues at normal conversation speed. This may seem quite fast initially, but if you work through the exercises as listed below you will soon understand each word, and will also be able to apply what you have learned to real situations.
Great Wall Chinese Great Wall Chinese, a key project developed and operated by the Office of Chinese Language Council International, is a new Chinese teaching and learning system based on cutting-edge network and multimedia technology.
China as never before It's all here. Your plans to visit China. Shopping, Entertainment, Cuisine, Accommodations and much more. This is one great new FIND.
Chinese Mandarin Vocabulary Builder The more you repeat Chinese Mandarin Vocabulary the better you will know it. VOClab will help you make the repetition just at the right time. Learn more than 4000 Chinese words in this easy to use and effective Vocabulary Trainer.
Youku Youku is a Chinese video hosting service based in the People's Republic of China, it is the second largest video site in the world with a Alexa Ranking just after YouTube.
Tudou is a leading Internet video company in China providing premium licensed content, user generated content ("UGC"), and original in-house production.
360 Cities A really cool site that takes you all over the world to view close up and with 360 degree views with just your Mouse. Just move it L or R for a 360 scan.
100,000 Strong Initiative Citing the strategic importance of the U.S.- China relationship, in November 2009, President Barack Obama announced the "100,000 Strong" initiative, a national effort designed to increase dramatically the number and diversify the composition of American students studying in China.
Asian Study Grants, Fellowships and Prizes There is a long list here so check all of them and don't count yourself out.The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association open to all persons interested in Asia and the study of Asia. With approximately 8,000 members worldwide, representing all the regions and countries of Asia and all academic disciplines, the AAS is the largest organization of its kind. Another Go For It. Why not give it a shot and apply for one or more of these awards and grants?
Yabla for Chinese The Most Authentic Way to Study Mandarin Chinese. Learn Chinese by watching authentic Chinese videos in a video player designed for language learners.
Chinese Phrases and Common Sentences This site contains a table including the following: Chinese phrases (Mandarin), expressions and words in Chinese, conversation and idioms, Chinese greetings and survival phrases or simply if you want to know what to say when chatting.
Top 15 Most Popular Chinese Websites What are the most popular websites in China? Here are the top 15 most popular Chinese websites in Chinese language based on a combination of Alexa Rank, content richness, users' reviews and freshness. It would be great if you could add your favorite Chinese websites to the list or write some reviews of them.
Top Websites in China China's online terrain is crowded and filled with both great Web sites as well as a lot of junk. Here's a list of some of the Chinese Internet's success stories:
Chinese Learning Hub Free Chinese Lessons, study tips, vocabulary and more all in one place. chineselearninghub.com is a website created to allow people to learn chinese online easily for free. Chinese Learning Hub enables begginer and intermediete students of Chinese to gain access to resources that they may require during their studies all in one place so that they can learn chinese online so that they are able to save money on textbooks.
Top 10 Most Popular Websites in China If someone asked you to name the top 10 websites in Amercia, most likely you could come up with a few or even most of them. Google. Facebook. eBay. Wikipedia. But could you name the top 10 in China? Well, here they are.
The Chinese Internet Polyglot A valuable site dedicated to helping members learn Chinese by providing them a way to memorize words and their meanings. This site helps your memory to grasp more information and retain it for longer time. Access to all pages is free. Neat new site w/sound too!
Starting a Chinese Language Program: Resources Below are some of the organizations and materials that helped our schools to establish an exciting and thriving Mandarin Chinese program. We will add to this list regularly as we find more resources.
China Visa / China Tourist Visa / Business Visa All US Citizens and foreign nationals require a China visa service prior to leaving the US. Using our China visa service, we'll hand carry your China visa application to the appropriate China consulate/embassy and get your visa in time for your trip.
Weibo It's no longer accurate or fair to simply say "Weibo is the Chinese version of Twitter"."Weibo" is the term generally used to describe all micro-blogs in China, a market in which no one player has the almost total domination that Twitter has in the West.
Chinese YES Hanyu PinYin is the Chinese Phonetic System. It is written in Roman letters to represent the sound of the characters. Chinese pronunciation does not correspond directly to the sound of English but only an approximate only.
Learn Chinese Online for Free Teaching Children Chinese has never been this easy. Now kids can learn to read and Learn Chinese Online using a dazzling new range of lessons supplemented with fun, exciting and enjoyable animations. This is one great new "find" and the sound enhances the resource. Be sure to give it a try.
China HomeStay Now A great homestay program to understand the culture of the orient and a fast track method to learning Mandarin. China HomeStay Now aims to captivate you with the culture of the orient while neatly providing for your lodging needs. Find out more about the company that will provides the ultimate experience!
Chinese Food for Kids Chinese Food has become very popular in the West and chances are you are already familiar with some popular Chinese food dishes: fried noodles, sweet and sour pork, lemon chicken there is always a Chinese restaurant nearby. There are many different types and styles of Chinese cooking, so there will be differences between what you are used to at home as well as in the different regions you might be visiting in China.
Chinese New Year Symbols Chinese New Year coloring pages make great mouse practice activities for toddlers, preschool, and elementary children.
Chinese Alphabet You can now translate directly from written English to the Chinese "alphabet." Type English sentences and our computer will translate them to a Chinese "Alphabet." You can then print the translation or copy and paste it to your own document.
The Chinese Language School of Connecticut The Chinese Language School of Connecticut teaches Mandarin Chinese as a second language to children ages 18 months and up. Our activity-based curriculum enables students to acquire practical communication skills, develop competence and confidence, and experience the joy of learning another language.
Global World Discover China / Discover the World A chinese news source.
Taobao.com Taobao is a Chinese language web site for online shopping
Study More Chinese A free Chinese website A community project to build an amazing, free, Mandarin learning website.
Map of China - Plan Your China Travel from Here China Tourist Maps provide the biggest collection of maps of China. You can find detailed maps of the major cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Hong Kong; maps of all provinces like Sichuan, Guangdong , Jiangsu, Tibet, Shangdong; and travel maps of the famous tourist attractions like the Great Wall of China, Mount Huangshan, Li River in Guilin, Three Gorges, etc. Very helpful new site.
James Steed presents Mandarin By Click An online Chinese Conversation Lab Clean, Colorful, and easy to use. It uses several languages to teach Chinese conversation with pinyin plus Mandarin Learning Aides
Mandarin Pronunciation Guide Mandarin Click by Click Instances of 'man' are spoken with different tones. In English, tones change the 'mood.' In Chinese, tones change the meaning..
Maps of China Dozens of them Relief, political, satellite and more.
A Super New FIND Quizlet Chinese Drills Vocabulary exercises and quizzes on many aspects of the language.
Maps of China Welcome to the BEST map of China Site on the World Wide Web. We collect, scan, and publish all kinds of China maps and China travel guide to help you plan your next China trip or just learn about China.
Russian-Bar Acrobatic A performance on the Russian Bar, recorded for Chinese television at the Circus Festival of Monte Carlo. The final stunt is unbelievable!
A Chinese Mobile Translator I seem to collect translators BUT this one is really different. I give it a TOP WEBMASTER'S CHOICE as it is well done and accurate. English to many languages. Don't miss it. It can do your homework for you.
A Must See Site Amazing Young Chinese Girl Plays Piano With No Fingers On One Hand (VIDEO).
ChinaSite.com The Complete Reference to China/Chinese-Related Web Sites.
AMICINA What can you do on Amicina? Practically everything: there's a forum, with several aimed sections, as job, friend, language exchange, travel mates. You can talk about Chinese culture or food or seek for laws and informations. It is a social network, free and in 3 languages.
Pinyin Practice Tone Activities Listen to the sounds by clicking on the Pinyin or the speaker symbol (visible when "show pinyin" is not selected). Enter the pinyin of the sound you hear. Follow each syllable with its tone number (e.g. chi1fan4) -- lowercase and no spaces, use 0 for neutral tones and "control+u" to input "ü".
Thinking Chinese So you are interested in China and have been studying Chinese language for a while, but still feel there is a foreigner flavor in the way you communicate and comprehend Chinese? Thinking Chinese provides you an extra touch, allowing you to obtain a better understanding of Chinese thinking.
News San Cai San Cai is an ancient traditional Chinese concept of the "Three Realms": Heaven, Earth and the Human World. News San Cai aims to rediscover the traditional values and culture of ancient China and the West; to bridge the past, present and the future, and to pass on the essence of both Chinese and Western traditional culture.
Aussie Educator for the Chinese Language This page provides access to online courses for both Cantonese and Mandarin, information about Chinese characters and writing, Chinese/English/Chinese dictionaries, current events, cultural information, grammar, vocabulary activities, tutorials, podcasts & blogs, Free and Fee-based software, other selected resources and general information.
Jukuu Write English with confidence with the program that gives many uses of individual words.
Sina Weibo Sina Weibo is a Chinese microblogging site, similar to Twitter, launched by Sina corporation, China's biggest web portal, in August 2009.
This Is China A YouTube Presentation. A nice film with chinese sound music. China has one of the world's oldest people and continuous civilizations.
Writing Chinese Characters The aims of this page is to show some basics for writing Chinese characters. The order in which each penstroke is executed is quite important for composing characters. First, we shall see the types of penstrokes that are encountered. Then the rules and some points of interest are discussed.
Arch Chinese An online Chinese character learning tool for Mandarin Chinese language learners. Designed from the start specifically for English speakers who have no or little knowledge of Mandarin Chinese
Chinese Music A YouTube Presentation. 1,610,000+ visits / very popular.
Chinese Test This online Chinese test consists of 40 multiple-choice questions. We suggest you allow 20 minutes to complete the test. You will find the correct answers at the end of the exercise. Good luck!.
Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) The new HSK test was launched by Hanban in an effort to better serve Chinese language learners. The test is the result of coordinated efforts by experts from different disciplines including Chinese language teaching, linguistics, psychology and educational measurement.
Chinese Character Flashcards A Java applet to assist in the learning of Chinese characters. Currently the 1,000 most frequently used characters are in the database but I hope to add more as time goes on. Test your pin-yin and Cantonese romanization. Also shows English translation.
EZ Learn Chinese Welcome to the K-12 Chinese Language Classes. You can navigate this online classroom by clicking the following lessons. From book 1 to book 7, you will learn how to read and write in Chinese. To test your mastery of the lesson material, click the quiz.
I Learn Chinese Here
This dictionary contains over 40,000 entries. Each dictionary entry has this pattern : Chinese (traditional-simplified) - Pinyin - English. Pinyin is Chinese written in Western script.
The Mandarin Review We are a boutique consultancy built around helping you to answer the following questions: What is the best way for me to learn Chinese, and what do I need to know to function well in China, either as a student in an immersive educational setting, or as a partner, client, or colleague of Chinese counterparts?
Free Mandarin Chinese Lessons These Mandarin Chinese lessons have been designed to provide practical travel vocabulary and a foundation for basic conversational skills through a simple listen and repeat format. Don't get frustrated if you find some of the phrases difficult to pronounce at first. Many of the sounds will be new, and saying them may be a challenge in the beginning.
I LIKE CHINESE A great way to improve your vocabulary with animals, foods, fruits, music, sports and more all with sound and script.
Best Chinese Tutorial Sites
Mandarin Lessons Sounds, Grammar, Vocabulary and more. Great site. Don't miss it.
Chinese for Beginners How to learn Chinese? What is mandarin? If you totally have no idea of Chinese, we recommend that you read the pages in this section in the order shown. That will best introduce you to Chinese language step by step.
Free Chinese writing lessons Many of you have a thorough knowledge of written and spoken Chinese, but there has still to be someone wishing to learn the basics of this unusual writing... the secrets of Chinese characters, their history, their romanization and the elements that compose them. The following tutorial is meant to provide beginners all they need to write Chinese characters and find them in a dictionary, but can also amuse advanced students and the curious.
Free Mandarin Chinese Lessons with sound These Mandarin Chinese lessons have been designed to provide practical travel vocabulary and a foundation for basic conversational skills through a simple listen and repeat format.
WebSaru Dictionary (Chinese-English English-Chinese dictionary and learning aids,
like annotation and translation tools, etc)
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Whoo Whoo's there?
"Monolingualism Can Be Cured"
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Chinese Teacher hints, advice and tips
I know from my own experience that being on a continual path of self-improvement is an absolute necessity toward be a good teacher. Hang out with other educators that you admire. Watch them closely and learn from them. Imitation is the greatest compliment! Join your language association [CLTA] http://clta-us.org/cltainfo.htm - plus two foreign language teacher associations (state and national: ACTFL - (http://www.actfl.org) and attend their annual meetings on a regular basis. Get involved anyway you can with each. Rub noses with people at the TOP. Get to know the officers personally. Keep in contact with them. Use these association offerings, suggestions and resources.
Whenever you can in your own environment, ask to observe colleagues in action in their classroom. Pick up ideas that work for them and adopt and adapt them to you own classroom. Always be on the "lookout" for new ideas, new means of teaching, new ways to incorporate things that work for others into your own methodology. Don't hesitate to ask questions of teachers who have had much success as to how and why that happened. I used to observe elementary teachers and how they interacted with their young students. Always something to learn. "Learn from the mistakes of others. You'll never live long enough to make all of them yourself." Another that I always loved is "If you think you're GREEN, you'll grow - if you think you're RIPE, you'll rot." All true. Don't rot! That's an axiom that will never grow old. You may think that you are the best, but you're not. There is always someone better than you. (I learned this playing basketball) Learn from them. Know what the best practices are and be aware of the current online resources that can be of great help to you and your Chinese students.
Keep your classroom presentations FRESH. Keep up with innovation and the changing needs of your students by incorporating technology such as computer use, iPhones, iPads, e-mail and a host of other innovations into your routine classroom activities to communicate with others in the target language and to access authentic resources. Stay current with options and trends in the field such as the National Standards and know how to incorporate them into your daily plans. Hopefully these few ideas will aid in your growth and success. Stay with it. Don't throw in the towel like many have, but again as I point out above, whatever new ideas you discover, you must first adopt and then adapt. Not everything you see elsewhere will work for you as I have personally learned. You must adapt those ideas to your own Chinese classroom. There are a host of great ideas available on all these sites, but they are only as successful as you will make them. And perhaps most important of all, do ask your students often how they feel about what they are doing and learning and what they enjoy the most and the least in your classroom. Most of all, do enjoy your students and share yourself with them. [They don't care how much you know until they know how much you CARE] I hope that you picked up some ideas here that will aid in your total success. Have fun in your classroom. (ps I picked up these ideas in a recent dream and wanted to share with each of you) I'm 72 but never too old to learn and never too old to share ideas. Best yet, why not be learning another language yourself? Check out one of the sites above. It is a great means to experience first-hand what your students are feeling. Now you are "walking in their shoes." Don't forget to have FUN doing it.Xie Xie.
Jim Becker: BA, -Cornell College, MA, -La Sorbonne (Paris), ABD -The Ohio State University
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.