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Core Sinosplice Resources for Learning Chinese

The following resources were developed by John over the years. These are the ones you should be sure to check out first:

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Chinese Pronunciation
    Pronunciation of Mandarin Chinese: Setting the Record Straight is a response to the glut of bad information on the harder points of the pronunciation of Mandarin.
  • The 5 Stages To Learning Chinese
    As a learner and later as lead consultant at AllSet Learning, John has been very cognizant of the learning process. Here is a simplified version of what he has noticed.
  • The Process of Learning Tones
    If you’ve decided to learn to speak Chinese and you’re anything like John, this is what you can expect. Hint: this might take a while!
  • Tone Pair Drills
    Exercises developed by John Pasden as a masters student in applied linguistics, specifically designed to target problems with the pronunciation of tone combinations. Since John championed them, tone pairs have since become a vital resource to all learners.
  • How John Learned Chinese
    If you’re curious about John’s personal story of how he learned Chinese, here it is, in parts.

Classic Sinosplice Resources

Some of these are less timeless, but they’re still useful.

  • Chinese Grammar Hurdles
    Chinese grammar poses learners with special challenges at each level. Learn what to expect here.
  • Online Resources for Learning Chinese
    A convenient list of links for various resources for learning Chinese.
  • Chinese Textbook Reviews
    Recommendations on books for learning Chinese based on personal experience. These reviews are especially useful for those in China, as many of the books reviewed were bought here.
  • Chinese Vocabulary Lists
    A collection of vocabulary lists you won’t find in most textbooks. For example, instead of country names in Chinese, you will find Western alcohol names in Chinese.
  • The Moon Represents My Heart
    It would behoove any student of Chinese to learn this classic Chinese song. (In Chinese characters, pinyin, and English.)
  • Master’s Thesis on Tonal Pairs
    Full title: “A Study of Error in Foreigners’ Chinese Disyllabic Tonal Pairs: A Production-Focused Keyword-Based Experimental Model.”
  • An Insider’s Look at ChinesePod
    Tips and insight on the famous free service from John, the key academic director at ChinesePod since 2006.
  • Shanghainese Soundboard
    Although it’s far from a complete course in Shanghai’s dialect, this soundboard should give you some idea of the sound of Shanghainese, with Mandarin for comparison.
  • Teaching in China: A Guide for the Uninitiated
    Thinking of financing your time in China by teaching English? You certainly wouldn’t be the first. Get some tips here on how to be a better English teacher in China.