Mandarin is the official language used in the People's Republic of China and Taiwan. It is the mostly widely spoken language on the planet with over 1 billion speakers! My name is Chris, and I'll be your guide. I've been learning Mandarin for a couple years now and on this page you'll find all the resources you'll need to learn this wonderful language.
- ZDT - This is an open source chinese learning application created by myself. It's free and I use it for all my Chinese learning. It has flashcards with multiple modes, a chinese text annotator, and dictionary. Practice your writing by viewing the stroke order animations and print out writing sheets to practice with.
- PlecoDict - If you have a Palm or Windows CE device, this is the program to get. It's definitely not free (price ranges from $60-$120 depending on the dictionaries you want) but it's great. The dictionaries are great and using it with the handwriting recognition is awesome. Version 2.0 (not out yet) promises some great new features as well.
- ChinesePod - This is a really professionally produced podcast. It has different podcasts for every level ranging from Newbie to Advanced. Each lesson is about 15-18 minutes long, and it's really convenient load one up on my iPhone and listen on the way to work.