We all have some sort of toolbox, a box we visit whenever we need to have certain jobs done. A toolbox for Chinese learning can be a great collection of tools that would help Chinese learning easier and better. Here I’m going to show you some of the tools that I use and I believe would be good additions to yours.
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Pinyin Toolbox for Chinese Learning
Pinyin is a useful tool for Chinese learning.
Online Pinyin chart is a great tool that features all the pinyin syllables and their pronunciation.
Chinese Mandarin Pinyin (with Audio MP3)
Pinyin practice worksheets
Toolbox for Learning Chinese Characters
We don’t need to emphasize it: Chinese characters are an essential part of Chinese learning. Being able to recognize the characters is one thing; knowing how to use them and how to write them by heart is a real mastery.
Top 100 Commonly Used Chinese Characters
This is a great list for anybody who wants to spend the least time and achieve the highest impact.
Despite workbooks with certain sets of Chinese characters such as the Most Common Chinese Characters Handwriting Practice Workbook that allows the users to trace and practice character writing, there are different kinds of blank practice paper based on different needs.
Toolbox for Chinese Radicals
“A Chinese radical (Chinese: 部首; pinyin: bùshǒu; lit. ‘section header’) or indexing component is a graphical component of a Chinese character under which the character is traditionally listed in a Chinese dictionary.”(-Wikipedia)
They are quite an important component of Chinese characters. Being able to recognize radicals helps to understand the characters more or less. This interactive radical chart from Yellowbridge is a great tool.
Toolbox for Chinese Character Etymology
Yellow bridge has a great dictionary that shows the etymology of Chinese characters.
Toolbox for Chinese Character Stroke Order Animation
Sometimes it is not easy to figure out the correct stroke order of writing a character. With the help of ArchChinese stroke order animation, it’s possible to follow the stroke order easily.
Toolbox for Chinese Idioms
Chinese.cn.org has a collection of 50 idioms with stories.
Chinese Study Planners Tool
Planners help us stay organized. We have a set of FREE study planners for you to download.
If you like physical planners, here you are:
Toolbox Chinese Learning Calendar
This interactive calendar invites young students to give information such as the date, weather, season, etc, and update the calendar together. It is a great easy tool to start a learning session on a daily basis and train the students to speak about the day in Chinese.
365 Days Chinese Learning Calendar Notebook (with access to audio files)
This calendar notebook introduces one simple but essential Chinese phrase/sentence each day of the year. Next to the sentences, there is also space for taking notes, doodling and organizing the to-dos in the week. What makes this calendar notebook special is that all the phrases have audio files accessible from the website.
Inspirational Quote posters Toolbox
A good way to inspire kids to learn Chinese is to create an environment. Nothing can be better than inspirational quote posters like this one:
Numbers in Chinese are easy to learn and really useful as they are part of many important topics such as weekdays, month, time, and much more. This booklet serves as a good reference book.
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