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Mandarin Language Resources


Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world with more than 600 million speakers. Although it has the reputation of being extremely difficult to learn, many elements of the language are in fact very simple, such as the fact that verbs and nouns have one unique form. Many students also find the beauty of character-writing hugely addictive.

China is a dynamic and vibrant country experiencing unparalleled economic development. It is a huge attraction to tourists, investors, researchers and business people worldwide. Having some knowledge of China's language and culture can be a great advantage in terms of travel, career and research opportunities. Resources in the Language Resources Centre

Mandarin Resources Catalogue
The PDF file contains all resources for Mandarin that can be found in the Language Resources Centre. It is divided into 3 categories:


  • Book
  • Audio CD/DVD
  • Films/TV

In the 'Notes' column you will find details of, for example, CDs that accompany textbooks and vice versa. Other information had been included throughout the catalogue to help identify a specific item if viewing these off-site.

Please note that these resources are offered on a reference-only basis.


This site offers various linguistic 'tips' in a friendly, blog-style tone.

Real Chinese
Real Chinese is made up of 10 short units: greetings, asking for directions, ordering drinks, etc. It will take you about 15 minutes to complete each unit.

Learn to write Characters
The animated character in UTF-8 codes will appear on this website and you can view the stroke order of each character.

Pinyin Pronunciation for Mandarin
A website for improving pinyin skills.

Simple Chinese
This fun interactive site has a great layout for simple phrases and greetings, numbers, games, and vocabulary builders.

A new way to learn Chinese characters.


Online Chinese tools
The website provides DimSum Chinese Reading Assistant, Character Flashcards, and the Chinese/English dictionary to help people study and use Chinese.


Cultural Interviews with Mandarin-Speaking Professionals
As the website advertises, this is compilation of brief video clips in which Chinese-speaking professional discuss cultural issues that are (generally) of interest to North Americans. Please see ondtroduction page for more details.


Chinese Character Dictionary
An English-Chinese and Chinese-English dictionary on-line. This website has a large number of Chinese characters and many input methods for character searches.

Chinese Characters Dictionary Web
This website can only be used for checking Chinese characters. It also has a link to OCRAT animated Chinese characters.

This is a very user-friendly Chinese-English dictionary with some Chinese character writing content. It also has audio and video resources for learning Chinese Characters. The ‘Chinese Conversation of the Day’ is recommended for all Mandarin learners.

MDBG Chinese-English Dictionary
This site offers dictionaries (word and character dictionaries) as well as a radical/stroke table, which is useful for an overview of the basic make-up of Chinese characters. Under 'Practice' > 'Chinese Character Flashcards', student can also customise their own flashcards, all the better for convenient study.


Study More Chinese
If you enjoy listening to music, watching videos and scrolling through blogs but haven't yet managed to incorporate the same kind of passion into your love-hate relationship with Mandarin, then this it the website for you. It definitely makes things much more interesting.

Classical Chinese Art, Calligraphy, Poetry, History, Literature, Painting and Philosophy
The website offers information on classical Chinese art, calligraphy, poetry, history, literature, painting and philosophy.

Chinese Films
"Chinese Films" is a joint project between China Radio International and the Film Bureau of China. As the first English website to focus on Chinese films, their aim is to introduce exceptional domestically produced films to the outside world and provide the most efficient and convenient way to learn about the film industry in China.

With frequent reference to and translations from Mainland Chinese media, Danwei publishes fresh information about China that you won't find anywhere else. It also produces original video shows and audio podcasts about China. Using extensive Chinese language sources, it keeps tabs on a wide variety of subjects including legal and business stories, media and entertainment gossip, and the environment.

This website has lots of information about Chinese Culture and Arts as well as information about China, both in English and Chinese. It is useful for Mandarin learners at all levels.

If you want a detailed and analytic approach to learning Mandarin, this website is for you. Written by John Pasden, a renowned Shanghai-based linguist, his post feature linguistic and cultural issues often encountered by students. Particularly helpful is his contextual insight on what it really means to converse and think in Mandarin.

British Chinese Society
A site that links members of the UK Chinese community.

Media Podcasts

CRI ENGLISH is the official English website of CRI (China Radio International), providing comprehensive information on both Chinese and international topics. Through the website users can read program transcripts, view illustrations and hear their English radio programs.

ChinesePod has podcasts of Mandarin conversations. The topics are very interesting and useful for Mandarin learners at all levels. You can also download the podcasts and transcripts. It is hosted by a Mandarin native speaker and an English speaker who also speaks Mandarin. It is not a free resource but you can subscribe for a week's free trial to experiment with.


Chinese Forums
A friendly forum where students are free to read previous discourse on Mandarin-learning as well as add their owen questions and/or experiences to the archive. This site gives language-learning a fun, conversational tone.

Centre for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, University of Oxford
There is a wide range of learning resources available for learners of Chinese of all levels.

Centre for Chinese Studies, University of Manchester
Some good quality resources for learners of Chinese, for example, Chinese sounds and conversation, Chinese movies, Chinese songs and music, Chinese MTV, and Chinese news, are provided on this website.

Confucius Institute Online
Confucius Institute Online is a comprehensive website for Chinese learning. It is devoted to satisfying the needs of people who are interested in Chinese learning all around the world, promoting the understanding of Chinese culture, as well as enhancing the educational and cultural cooperation between China and the world. Suitable for all levels of Mandarin learners.

Study Mandarin at King's

Evening Language Courses
Members of the public can study Mandarin at King's at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

Assessed Modules
Doing an undergraduate or postgraduate degree? You can take a Mandarin course as part of your studies (all levels).

Tailor-made Tuition
We offer tailor-made courses in Mandarin for individuals and groups.

Lau China Institute
Courses for graduate students.


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