There are so many free online resources that it is sometimes difficult to know which ones to use, and to identify which ones are good. Cactus has carefully assessed the wide range of free language learning resources available online to provide you with a selection of our most recommended, useful and reliable sources of information for learning Mandarin. These can be used as a helpful support to language learning whilst taking one of our face-to-face Mandarin courses.
WordReference is a popular bilingual dictionary, and combines its own dictionary with the long-established Collins dictionary. WordReference also includes a useful forum where users can get help with Chinese language related questions.
Reverso is a well-established online bilingual dictionary. It includes an English-Chinese dictionary, along with other handy tools such as a translator and spellchecker.
Forvo is a free and comprehensive pronunciation guide maintained by native speakers around the world. It includes the pronunciation of more than 3 million words in 325 languages.
Memrise is a popular website and mobile app which enables you to memorise Mandarin vocabulary. It is a great and fun way to learn new vocabulary in addition to your language course.
Quizlet is a fun and simple website and mobile app which will help you develop your Mandarin vocabulary using flash cards.
Language Guide is a project helping Mandarin language students to build their vocabulary using an image and sound dictionary.
Not only Lexilogos has a comprehensive list of language resources, it also offers a convenient online tool to type in Chinese.
A basic Mandarin guide with many useful phrases and basic words, including their pronunciation.
Cactus also offers Skype private tuition with a qualified native speaking teacher, which is an excellent online alternative to other online courses.