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Any good links/resources for learning Mandarin?

Anything from books to podcasts to software etc. 



Popup Chinese (Google it), Pleco for your phone, and some dedication. That's all you need, and you need all of it!

I recommend these books " new practical chinese reader" 

There are five books with CD and excercise.

Maybe you can find a pdf version and mp3

It is a good book to learn Chinese from beginner to intermediate.


The explanation is in English, I think it is helpful for you.



PopupChinese is very good, as mentioned above. In the listening space, there is also ChinesePod and Melynks - which you can both find on iTunes.

Pleco is a fantastic app dictionary. Qingwen is another option. is a good web option.

For more visual learning, has hundreds of videos to watch.

New Practical Chinese Reader, as mentioned above, is solid [but a bit dull].

Memrise is also a super vocab tool.


Recently there was a hot movie in China called American Dream in China.It's about three young people start their business which teaches Chinese students speak English. Very encouraging and interesting I think.

Uncle Matt's video are very useful. Here's the link :


As everyone says, the Pleco app is required these days.  Super helpful. is also very helpful.  I have a membership, so I'm not sure what can be accessed for free, but you should try it out.  It was developed by linguists, and all the dialogs are very up-to-date and true to life.  Lots of fun and a great on-line community.  By now, they have many thousands of lessons that are available, and more done every week at various levels.  If you're learning on your own, this is the best overall resource.

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