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Websites for practicing Chinese

A former member
Post #: 1
Hi everyone,

I wanted to know if any of you have any good websites you use regularly to either practice / test / translate?

I found a simple javascript app here.

http://www.clavisinic...­
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2068817
Boston, MA
Post #: 16
hey, Sky. most people in the group like to use chinesepod. http://chinesepod.com...­
for more information, i suggest you attend some study event, there ae many people will share their experience with you. good luck!
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A former member
Post #: 1
Try :

http://lang-8.com...­ - write something in your target language, and native speakers will correct it. In exchange, you can correct English learners' writing. Free and awesome.

http://collections.ui...­ - you have to register by giving your email, but it's free and SO worth it. Tons of free lessons with text and audio files

http://www.nciku.com/...­ - an incredible Chinese-English dictionary with tons of fun language learning tools, including a box where you can draw a character with your mouse to look it up.

Hope those help!
A former member
Post #: 1
I agree that chinesepod is a great resource-- without signing up for a paid account you can still get their mp3s. If you sign up, or do a free trial (no strings attached) you can get access to the PDFs with a full transcript and a list of selected vocabulary. If you don't have much practice with speaking/listening and no access to a native speaker, this is an invaluable resource!

I also love nciku.com for nearly all my dictionary needs-- it has detailed, concise and thorough definitions with lots of example sentences-- and great audio for all their entries and examples (the best automatic chinese voice I've run into). They also have a great character-recognition lookup so you can search by writing the character out with your cursor. Everything about nciku is free, and they have automatic vocabulary tracking (so you can find what you looked up last week), and vocab deck building and study guides built in to the site.

Lang-8 is great, and so it italki. Italki has a great question/answer feature that lets you ask a specific language question and get it answered pretty quickly.

Some more resources are:
http://translate.goog...­ -- if you put in a single English word, you can see often dozens of possible chinese translations. Fast.
http://www.dict.cn...­ -- not the best quality but always the fastest and with plenty of colloquialisms and example sentences
http://www.mdbg.net/c...­ -- the most thorough and flexible searchable chinese dictionary I know online. This is the one thing I wish nciku did.

Let's hear some more!
A former member
Post #: 1
I just started using smart.fm and love it! It's not solely for Chinese, but there are many Chinese textbooks entered into the system for you to choose to study from, as well as other vocab lists such as Chinese food words or Chinese media words. You pick a goal (such as Integrated Chinese: Lessons 1-6) and it guides your study through those words in lessons, and then quizzes you on them in characters, pinyin and English. It also reads the words aloud and reads sample sentences to practice pronunciation and context as well.
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