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Today, I am so glad to find an excellent resource for Chinese learning. And I am so excited to share with you.

It is called Confucius Institute Online, a comprehensive website (http://chinese.cn/en) for Chinese learning. It is built and sponsored by Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters, a Chinese government agency, with the purpose of promoting the understanding of Chinese language and culture, as well as enhancing the educational and cultural cooperation between China and the world.

Confucius Institutes Online (http://chinese.cn/en) offers Chinese language courses for various age groups and language levels, and provides information and consultative services concerning Chinese education, culture, economy and society.

Under the category “Resources” (http://resource.chinese.cn/en/), you can find a ton of information, including teacher resources (multi-language courseware, language study, Chinese knowledge and etc), digital library, and audio and video that you can listen and watch online.

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Its “Learning Center” (http://learning.chinese.cn/en/) offers online tutorials for adults and kids. I paid extra attention to the resources targeting Chinese learning for kids and teens (http://kid.chinese.cn/en/). It is divided by several sections, including online course, fun world, audio & video, basic Chinese, culture and tests. Each section has a load of information.

For example, under the tab “Audio & Video”, you can watch Chinese classical cartoons, enjoy “Home with kids” (a family comedy TV series), listen to Chinese etiquette stories, and watch and listen to Chinese lullaby and nursery rhymes.  

My favorite section is Chinese lullaby and nursery rhymes. Kids can either watch video or listen to audio to learn Chinese. Besides each video or audio file, there are Chinese characters and the Pinyin (phonetic transcriptions), making it an excellent means of learning elementary Chinese. The best part is, the website even allows users to download the video or audio file to their own computers.

Under the tab “Culture”, there are so many interesting topics that even I, a native Chinese, learn a lot. It includes articles, pictures, video or audio files on Chinese history, Chinese geography, calligraphy, ancient text and poem.

To my surprise, under the section “Poem”, each poem is presented by a well-made video or audio file, poem in Chinese characters and the Pinyin (phonetic transcriptions), and simple interpretations on the meaning of the poem.

Furthermore, a simple comment is attached to each poem, helping learners to better understand the background and implication of the poem.

Overall, Confucius Institutes Online (http://chinese.cn/en) is truly an excellent resource for Chinese learning. It is so comprehensive, covering every aspect of Chinese language and culture.

It targets both adults and children, and provides resources especially for teachers. It is completely free. Many video or audio files are downloadable, making it really handy for people to learn at any time and any location.

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