In our ongoing Threesday feature, Shanghaiist takes the time to count out three of….well, whatever catches our fancy that week. Right now, we’re feeling inspired to brush up on our Chinese skills. Yeah, we know we live in China’s most “western” city, but that’s still no excuse not to try. Whether you’re on a quest to master the language or just want to converse with the cabbie, make life easier on yourself and allow these sites to help you out.
Lao Wai Chinese – Run by Albert Wolfe, who also consults for several learning Chinese resources including mdbg.net (a superb online dictionary), the site is a near comprehensive guide to learning Chinese with audio. If you like what you see, you can add the iGoogle page Wolfe created for even more Hanzi immersion.
Carl Gene – Subtitled ‘my journey from translation student to working professional’, Melbournite Carl is the new kid on the block, but with his simple design and easily digestible lists like “23 Actually Useful Chengyu” and “31 Words for Idiot in Chinese”, he’s won us over. In his links section he also has a terrific list of the best Chinese dictionaries on the internet.
Sinoglot – For the advanced or at least intermediate Chinese speaker, this is more of a pure linguists’ pursuit. It covers not only Putonghua, but the many dialects/languages spoken in the country like Wu, Manchu, and Tibetan. The site is an agglomeration of lingophiles that post here (they each run their own language blog too). If you have a question on some obscure dialect oddity, these are the guys who probably help you find an answer.
There were hundreds of blogs dedicated to learning Chinese out there but did we miss any key ones? Let us know below in the comments!