Here’s what I use for Chinese:
- Pleco – smartphone app. Search for words in hanzi, pinyin, English, handwriting input, or by pointing your phone’s camera at a character. Dictionaries are off-line, so they’re available to you even when you’re off the grid.
- MDBG – I use this one when I don’t have Pleco handy. Search for words in hanzi, pinyin, english, or use handwriting input! Click through to see stroke order, radicals and components, and to add a character to your Skritter.
- Skritter – Handwriting practice software. Awesome.
- MandarinPoster – This site sells a big poster of 1500 hanzi and 華語 satchels. It also has the following resources FREE: radical sheet at a glance, radical scroll, radical database.
- Google Pinyin – an pinyin input that will let you type in hanzi. Ctrl+shift+T will toggle you between simplified and traditional characters.
- Pinyinput – a keyboard IME that you install to your system. Download, unzip, install (right-click and “run as administrator”… very important). I sent mine to EN-(Australian), so it doesn’t mess with my numerous other keyboard IMEs.
- Chinese Class – my YouTube Chinese music playlist
- Language Guide’s Mandarin vocab page – a free mouse-over vocabulary page.
- This site shows and describes the strokes, along with the stroke names in hanzi and pinyin!
- Homemade hanzi practice paper (small)(large) – I made it myself, just the way I like it! Medium is the best.
- Convert Pinyin or characters to Zhuyin. Because Pinyin distracts me from characters.
- Bopomofo typing tutors:
- Short stories I’ve collected on PDF. They’re Traditional Characters, annotated with 注音. I read them on PDF so that I can enlarge the view.
- Free fonts, including some ruby fonts!
Blogs I read: