Wanted: Chinese-Learning Blog List

[UPDATE: In addition to my iGoogle Page, I recommend Lingomi’s Chinese Blog List.]

The Quest

I don’t think there are very many blogs about learning Chinese.

Now wait a minute! Before you start throwing your shoes at me, I mean blogs that are EXCLUSIVELY (or at least MOSTLY) about learning the language of the Middle Kingdom. There are a lot of great blogs about living in China that include dealings with the language. But those are not what I’m interested in at the moment.

According to this list by Lexiophiles, LaowaiChinese.net ranks 135 out of 250 in language blogs (I guess the lower 50% post even less often than once every two months). But that list includes ALL languages (with no capability to sort or filter). I contacted Lexiophiles and asked them if there is a way to display only Chinese-language-related blogs and they said no, but there are only four others anyway (only two of which currently count: Hanzi Smatter (#46) and Chinese Quest (#226) for the record).

I was a little surprised to see so few (I must confess, I didn’t read the whole list of 250 so there may be more).

What I want is an exhausting exhaustive list of the blogs that we learners of Chinese should be following, blogs that deal with the nuts and bolts of learning Mandarin. I’m loosely defining “blog” here to mean a website that has frequent updates. So daily/weekly lessons are ok. Even “word of the day” sites qualify. Static resources (like a dictionary or hanzi/pinyin converter) are being filed separately under “Helpful Resources.”

Does anyone know where such a list exists? If not, here’s how we shall make it:

If you know of a blog about learning Chinese

  • Please slap the URL into a comment to be added to the “Learn Chinese” blogroll.

If you’re the owner of a blog about learning Chinese

  • Please check the Learn Chinese blogroll (see sidebar to the right) to see if your blog is already there and to make sure I’ve got the name and link correct.
  • If I don’t have your blog listed (sorry about that), please put the URL and prefered RSS feed into a comment so I can mǎshàng add it to the blogroll.
  • HOT TIP: If you’ve got a blog and you don’t have a way of seeing stats about your RSS subscribers, I suggest you figure out how to do that (I use Feedburner).

I have a “secret plan” for all those RSS feeds once I’ve got them, bwah ha ha! (Don’t worry, it’s good.)

Blogroll (as of this post):

  1. Beijing Sounds 北京的声儿
  2. Chinese Hour
  3. Chinese Pod – Latest Lessons [update: only Newbie level podcasts available without an account]
  4. Chinese Study Book Reviews [update: appears he isn’t updating this]
  5. ChineseQuest
  6. Hanzi Smatter 一知半解
  7. Howma [update: appears he isn’t updating this either]
  8. Learning Chinese Blog
  9. Pinyin News

Comments

  1. Hi, I think it’s a great idea, though I have to say, I still think that Chinesepod does an outstanding job.

    We have a word of the day on our blog.

    I have found this site when I was studying at university and found it helped quite a bit.
    http://www.nciku.com/

    Good luck

  2. @Mitch,

    Thanks for mentioning that. I’ve already included that in my “secret plan” but I don’t want you to think that I’m ignoring you just because that didn’t get added to the blogroll 🙂

  3. Rachel,

    Thanks for the link. Unfortunately, it’s blocked in China (I think all .wordpress.com blogs are). Not to worry though, my secret plan should work around that. Can you give us your RSS feed?

  4. Carl,

    Thanks for the link. I didn’t know about the Chinese Pod blog. But, since it seems to be a blog about Chinese Pod rather than about learning the language specifically, I think I’ll leave it off the blogroll for now.

    We’re up to 13 now!

  5. Albert,

    Not sure if this posted the first time, but here is a blog you and other bloggers have inspired me to write. Its about my cross cultural relationship and learning Mandarin (I’m putting in lessons just as much as anything else). It should be a good read for beginners as that is my level of Mandarin. daheadxiaohead.blogspot.com

  6. Ken,

    Nice to hear from you. I see now that you’ve got general Chinese-learning tips as well as ChinesePod news. Thanks for letting me know. John’s post about the FireFox extension was most helpful.

    You’ve been added to the blogroll and “secret plan” to be unveiled today (I hope).

  7. I listen to free podcasts from Chinese Learn Online (http://chineselearnonline.com/), which are added on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week. There is a subscription required to use some of the features on the website, but the podcasts themselves are free as they are updated and are very helpful.

  8. Am I too late to plug my own blog? I’m an avid Mandarin learner (I still have quite a way to go, but have made good progress so far). My blog will be exclusively devoted to the Mandarin learning experience, along with lessons learned, resources, tips, etc. I hope my efforts can contribute to the growing knowledge base.

    Cheers,
    Dan

  9. This is a blog my friend just started this year. She does intend to update the blog at least once a week.

    I think some of the beginners might find it useful.

  10. I recommend something really amazing and cool, but not a blog. Did you know touch reading pen and audio books? Very convenient! Try it! http://www.bigreach.ca

    It says “best gift for kids”, actually it’s good for all chinese learners, kids and adults.

  11. Hey my blog is on wordpress, I saw you maybe could get around that. See what you think.
    mandarinkids.wordpress.com
    Thanks, and enjoying your posts!

  12. Hey, I’ve a got Mandarin Learning Blog at http://confusedlaowai.com
    Feed URL: http://feeds.feedburner.com/ConfusedLaowai

    I’ve encountered the exact same problem you had, when I started studying Mandarin. I’ve since gotten to a few blogs by link hopping on various blogs. However, I’ve taken that a step further and created a site ( http://socialmandarin.com ) where people can share Online Mandarin Resources with each other. I felt there needed to be a place where we can meet the same people, and share resources with each other.

    To some extent, I’ve found some people on Twitter, who sometimes tweet cool resources, but there’s much more potential. It needs to be easier to find all these awesome blogs, great people and great content.

    I really enjoy your blog (especially your tunes), so keep it up man. I hope you can join Social Mandarin.
    再见!

  13. it’s true there’s no blogs that teach chinese to kids that well but i have found some videos and books at barnes & nobles.. one of the interesting ones that come with audio is this: http://www.mandyandpandy.com/

    It’s not too bad since there’s some discount this month only in their online shop.

  14. I love the idea of this list, unfortunately, it hasn’t been kept current. So I’ve created a Chinese Blog List of my own. It lists the blogs that have been active in the past month and a few of their most recent articles.

    What’s good about my Chinese learning blog?
    1) It stays current automatically and only shows blogs that have been active in the past month.
    2) It lists a few of the most recent articles from each active blog.

    I made it in a couple hours, so I’d appreciate comments or suggestions.

    Check it out here: http://lingomi.com/chinese-blog-list

  15. Steven Daniels,

    I love your Chinese Blog List! I wish there were a way to share that / embed it into an iGoogle page. Is there anyway to get an RSS feed for that one page?

    The real strength of that format is that it’s arranged by date rather than author. That way, if there’s no new posts, the blog doesn’t show up for that day.

    Although…eh hem…I couldn’t help but notice that my most recent post isn’t showing up yet…:)

  16. Albert,

    It updates 4 times a day, so it takes a few hours to add recent posts. Whenever I encounter a new blog, I add it to the list.

    I actually just changed the format yesterday to arrange it by date, rather than author. I find it much more useful now. I’ll look into trying to get a feed going.

    What kind of information should a feed have? Post title, website? What else?

  17. I have been learning Chinese for 4 years now and suggest a software tool I found recently http://www.cidianreader.com

    You have to download and install it but it translates Chinese words as you highlight them with the mouse. Very useful for chatting with Chinese

  18. @sawang,

    I downloaded and installed that but it never started. It gave me that “blah blah encountered an error and needs to close” message before I could even use it. Too bad. I was looking forward to trying it out.

  19. I downloaded it successfully but can’t figure how to use it. I’m highlighting words and right clicking but not seeing anything while the software is on. Any advice?

  20. Mine (justlearnchinese.com) is a dedicated “Learn Chinese online FREE” educational blog. I started it last month. My update frequency is 1 to 2 lessons per week. There are audios in every lesson. I’ll work on to create more learning resouces moving along.

    I’m still working on how to add feed to my site at this moment.

    Please add my blog to your blogroll.

    Thank you!

    Grace

  21. Great list of Chinese learning blogs here! Going to have a look at a few of them later. Not sure if our blog can be added to the Chinese learning blogs section?

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