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Free Chinese Mandarin Resources

There are so many 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 Chinese Mandarin resources. Below you can find a selection of our most recommended, useful and reliable Mandarin language resources. These can be used as a helpful support to language learning whilst learning Chinese Mandarin with Cactus.

Chinese Mandarin Dictionaries

WordReference
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
Reverso is a well-established bilingual dictionary. It includes an English-Chinese dictionary, along with other handy tools such as a translator and spellchecker.

Pronunciation

Forvo
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.

Vocabulary

Memrise
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
Quizlet is a fun and simple website and mobile app which will help you develop your Mandarin vocabulary using flash cards.

Language Guide
Language Guide is a project helping Mandarin language students to build their vocabulary using an image and sound dictionary.

Chinese keyboard

Lexilogos
Not only Lexilogos has a comprehensive list of language resources, it also offers a convenient tool to type in Chinese.

Useful Chinese Mandarin phrases

DLIFLC
A basic Mandarin guide with many useful phrases and basic words, including their pronunciation.

Guides & Articles

Chinese Articles
Cactus has a great selection of articles and guides about learning Chinese. From useful phrases to differences between Cantonese and Mandarin. Discover the best resources to help you learn Chinese with Cactus.

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