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Any good links/resources for learning Mandarin?

Anything from books to podcasts to software etc. 

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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. http://nciku.com is a good web option.

For more visual learning, http://yoyochinese.com 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.

For reading I suggest the "Chinese Breeze" book series > http://www.chinesebreeze.net

 

There are 6 books in level 1 and each book has one short story. They are written in a way that limits to number of different characters to about 300 per book - something you can learn to handle within a few days!

 

It comes with a CD in MP3 format, that's however very poorly done by people who do not know read to others. The book istself is fully worth it though.

 

In level 2 you get 500 different characters/words and in level 3 there are 750. After that you can probably jump to normal books that are not too complicated.

 

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For Android/iOS Pleco is certainly the one very best tool for Chinese translations!

 

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For Chrome there is a nice mouse-over popup Chinese character translator

http://zhongwen-chrome.blogspot.com (or from Chrome-store)

 

For Firefox and Chrome there is also Perapera which is doing the same as zhongwen

http://www.perapera.org

 

 

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

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnWVVJQfb3w&list=PLL2CpgsJZerTW18DitXYwgmeEs0byQ7jF

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