Teaching Materials

May be useful for the absolute beginner. Maybe a little slow because you will be listening to audio on-line.
Input (copy-and-paste) any Chinese text and obtain the transliteration in Mandarin (pinyin) or Cantonese.
This site was created by Professor Harold C. Hill at Washington and Lee University and contains helpful handouts for 2nd or 3rd students of Chinese. The subjects include romanization systems (pinyin, Wade-Giles, Yale), Classical Chinese, useful signs and labels, and more.
Compiled by Professor David Porter at University of Michigan, the 80 short to medium-length texts (both traditional and modern) included on the Sampler site were chosen on the basis of their being both well-known in China and likely to engage the interest of English-speaking students. A brief introduction in English is provided for each entry, and each text is available both as an HTML document for viewing with a web browser and as a GB-coded text file for downloading and reading with other software. In addition, each text is graded according to the difficulty of the vocabulary it contains.
This site contains extensive lists of published works related to China. The topics are divided clearly for easy access. If you need to find out who wrote what on almost any subject pertaining to Chinese, then this is an appropriate place to start your search.
This is an interactive demo of a Mandarin text-to-speech system. What you do is copy Chinese text (Big5 or GB) into their window and the system will pronounce all the characters. It's great if you want to know the pronunciation of a character. However, a downside is that it's awfully sluggish.
Maintained by Professor Bai at Kenyon College
Department of Curriculum Studies, University of Hong Kong.
This site promotes the commercial Chinese learning software, Wenlin. The software comes in a CD-ROM.