Learning Mandarin.

A few days ago I discovered www.cslpod.com an excellent site for all levels of learning Mandarin. I am still at elementary. Tho I have to seek out the pinyin, ie romanised sound of pronounciation, I like the general ‘feel’ of the site, lots of repeating of the simple sentences I am studying at elementary. Which is a step up from ‘newbie’ level. Its the repetition of the spoken sentences by two different speakers and at different speeds that make it so useful. All free.

Heres a previous post of mine http://kllrchrd.livejournal.com from May 7 2007:

Thank goodness for the favourites list and the facility to revisit perhaps not at first greatly valued websites. Without any great enthusiasm I clicked http://trc.ucdavis.edu/msjacob/ChinaLinks.htm and then onto http://chinese.rutgers.edu for their simplified free Chinese pages. I had not realised just how good Rutgers is, they are the best explanation I have seen so far for a solid basic grounding in Chinese grammar. Invaluable. I’m ready now to digest basic grammar, I find you really need about two hundred characters for the language to start and open up.There are many sites with audio, which is essential, however http://hua.umf.maine.edu/Chinese/search.html has an incredibly good talking dictionary with excellent large characters. Also www.zhongwen.com is essential with a very good large scale character animation to get the right feel of the word. The odeo.com Mandarin podcasts are useful to get a feel for correctly spoken Mandarin, lilt and cadence.http://www.chinagrunge.com tales of an expat 1993-4 is a very good read.The hardcopy Oxford Chinese Starter Dictionary is essential, nothing else like it.I want a few words of Arabic as well, www.funwitharabic.com is a charming site.Postscript: I have found audio on Rutgers, excellent. Click on the left blue menu, hey presto! And a few days later I am realising there is yet more audio available, all free. As well as basic conversational text there is a commentary utilising the same basic vocabulary, at whatever level. At the moment my favourite for learning Mandarin

Also try www.zhongwen.com as a dictionary with a useful explanation of the different components that go to make up a character. 

For a talking dictionary try http://hua.umf.maine.edu/Chinese/search.html which is excellent!

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