The tools you need to succeed
Welcome to the Elementary Chinese Resources section, a curated list of the tools and websites I strongly recommend for learning Mandarin Chinese.
I have used every single recommendation on this page. They have helped me perfect my Mandarin Chinese and I hope they will make your learning experience a little easier.
DIY Chinese Community
Get direction, accountability and learn how to clearly choose and easily achieve your language goals so you can build momentum and communicate with confidence.
Get Talking Chinese
Super practical Mandarin phrasebook with audio to practice with.
Living Language Mandarin Chinese
Best self-study book I know of. Tons of content for the price. Three levels, character practice and audio in one box. Easy to follow lessons.
Learn Chinese characters in your browser with real-time grading. Skritter gives you immediate stroke-level feedback tone practice, audio playback and definition practice as you progress.
The Chairman’s Bao
Read news to learn Mandarin. The world’s most comprehensive news-based graded reader for students of Chinese. Study from over 1,600 HSK-graded lessons each year!
Word by word, Drops helps you learn new vocabulary through fun, fast-paced games with simple mnemonic images. Fun and effective, this app takes the boring out of language learning.
Recommended VPNs for China
I depend on Astrill VPN to upload five videos a week and live-stream on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube—all from China.
Express VPN is one of the most widely used VPN Providers in China. Check out my video where I ask my Instagram followers which VPN’s they use in China. You also get a 30-day money-back guarantee with Express. Pretty sweet huh?
A quick and important disclosure:
Some of the links above are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. I recommend them because they are helpful and useful.