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A former member
Post #: 1
Hi, everyone!

Here are the URLs I promised you at dinner last night. I hope you find them useful and interesting.

This first URL is a place to find Chinese lessons from a group in Shanghai.

http://www.chinesepod...­

Thus next URL gives you an onscreen set of flashcards.

http://www.winvue.com...­

These final URLs have lessons from beginning to advanced.

http://www.wku.edu/~y...­

http://www.wku.edu/~y...­

An online dictionary can be found at:

http://zhongwen.com/...­

Grant
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jlb92102
San Diego, CA
Post #: 268
Cool, thanks Grant! Nice meeting you the other night. :)

Let's go back to Jasmine again soon. I was digging the eggplant and tofu!

Happy Birthday again, Connie!

Jenn
A former member
Post #: 12
Hey, this is great. I think a lot of people are looking for places to learn chinese. Online is good, but in-person is even better. I hear there are 6 private chinese schools in San Diego, but mostly for kids. For adults, most of there are chinese classes offered at Mesa college and UCSD extension has some classes too. Also, I heard there is a free church class somewhere and lots of private tutors trying to make some extra $$. If you know of any other chinese language classes, please post them here!
A former member
Post #: 2
I've been working with http://www.chinesepod...­ for the past month and I find it to be almost as good as a face-to-face class. The tools they give you to work with are phenominal and the vocabulary is really useful and up-to-date. I can't recommend it highly enough. Each lesson is only about 15 minutes long and can be downloaded to mp3. In addition, you get visual copies of the dialog that you can read and get a pronunciation guide along with the English equivalent as you run the cursor over each word or phrase. Thus, you get the meaning of each word or phrase at the same time as you get the meaning of the entire sentence you are reading. Vocabulary even covers such things as surfing the internet, workplace conversations, and talking to taxi drivers. This program out of Shanghai gets five stars from me. smile

Grant
A former member
Post #: 4
Chinese Pod is a great site.

You can also burn the MP3 files to cd or Ipod & take with you on the go.
Right click "save as" the selected sections.


Daniel
A former member
Post #: 15
I've been a subscriber to Chinese pod for about 3 months now. It's pretty good and definitely entertaining.

Another great resource to Adam Sheik's CantoDict.

http://www.cantonese....­

It's online, user edited dictionary. The terms and words are really up to date. You will find everything from colloqial expressions, to formal literary all the way to slang.

A large focus of the dictionary is on Cantonese and colloqial Cantonese, but it contains ALOT of Mandarin as well. Most the terms I look up are actualy Mandarin terms. The dictionary even goes so far to as lable expression and words as Standard Chinese, Cantonese only, Mandarin only, and then even on some terms will give Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore/Malaysia, and Putonghua equivalents.

It's really easy to use. You can search by English, Pinyin, Radical, Jyutping (Cantonese pinyin), and Chinese characters and compound words. I rarely even Zhongwen.com anymore since the CantoDict is so good now and it get's better and better. I'm actually an editor myself. Chinese changes fast and this dictionary keeps up.

There is also the discussion forums on the board that's really good. Which ranges from Language and culture to Food to movies.

http://www.cantonese.sheik.co.uk/phorum/­

ok.. end of shameless plug.
A former member
Post #: 16
forgot to mention the dictionary handles both Traditional and Simplfied and will list the simplified equivalent if there is one.

There is also a handy parser feature, where you can enter Chinese text and it will spit back out as you mouse over the word, a blown up picture of the character, Pinyin, Jyutping, and english meaning... and if the word is a compound such as 喜歡 it will combine the two and give you the compound meaning. It's awesome wonderful tool to help one read Chinese.

Traditional parser example (click link below) to display. I wrote, "I like to get on the web to read blogs" Let's see if Zhongwen.com give you a definition for "shang wang" meaning "to get on the internet" and "blog"!

我喜歡上網看博客­


Simplified parser example (click link below) to display
我喜欢上网看博客­

I used to use Zhongwen.com everyday, these days I rarely use it. After CantoDict, I really see how limited and antiquidated Zhongwen.com is. The vocab just isn't there and it's English to Chinese translation is horrid.... how often do you enter a word and it can't a meaning? Very often.

I'm ripping on Zhongwen.com alot... for an online dictionary it's just not there. However, I do have the print version of Zhongwen.com, 中文字普, and it is my preferred print dictionary.
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