Additional links of interest

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Mandarin Strokes

An online resource with stroke order diagrams and much more!

Much of their information is free. But for a very small yearly fee you can have access to all aspects of their site.

They also have books and ebooks available.

Go to: MandarinStrokes.com


Pinyin Tones

"PinyinTones" provides an installable Windows text "service" that allows you type Pinyin with tone marks into any Windows program.
After it has been installed on your computer, it creates a "keyboard" for typing Pinyin.
Install it! Then, also enable Microsoft's Chinese character input tool.
After these installtions, it is simple to switch back and forth among your English keyboard, Pinyin, and one for typing Chinese characters!
No more printing out and writing in tones by hand, no more searching through lists of symbols, no more copying-and-pasting from composition programs.
What could be simpler?
PinyinTones is free and open-source.
Optional donations to the developer are helpful! Show your support with a few dollars!

Go to: PinyinTones.com


Online tool for typing Pinyin with tones

This tool takes a different approach. Enter pinyin in a browser window, using numbers to indicate tones.
Then you press a button which renders the text with proper tone marks.
Copy / Paste from your browser window into word processor document or other place you need the Pinyin text.
This is a bit more time-consuming to use, but on the plus-side, you don't have to install anything!

Go to: www.purpleculture.net/pinyin-tone-tool


Online "charts" to learn Pinyin pronunciation

At first, "Pinyin" can seem a bit confusing for English speakers. Pinyin uses the "Roman Alphabet" (same alphabet we use!) to indicate the pronuciation of Chinese words.
Although many letters use the same sounds as English, some don't!
Also, Chinese words are spoken with a specific "tone" (indicated with a mark over a vowel). If you change the tone, you are saying a completely different word!
These online "pronunciation charts" show all possible combinations of letters used in Pinyin. Cool!
Better yet, each of these web sites includes clickable links that play an audio clip demonstrating the pronunciation!
Here are links to three different pages. See which one you like best!

PurpleCulture.net version: www.purpleculture.net/chinese-pinyin-chart
DigMandarin.com version: www.digmandarin.com/chinese-pinyin-chart
Yabla.com version: chinese.yabla.com/chinese-pinyin-chart.php


Confucius Institute(s) - Worldwide

There approximately 540 Confucius Institutes located around the world.

The basic mission of these facilities is to help promote Chinese culture and language, as well as provide opportunities for cross-cultural exchanges. Most involve a partnership between a specific university in China and an educational institution in the host country. These are not "cookie cutter" faciltites, each adapted to the local situation.


Confucius Institute - Denver

(Important note August, 2020)
Sadly the Confucius Institute at the Community College of Denver on the Auraria Campus is closing at the end of September.

This great loss is due to budget cut-backs at the College.

No more: community events, access to the extensive on-site library, free/low-cost drop-in workshops! :-(

A big "thank you" to CI-Director Jane Lim and all the other staff who made this a great resource for many years!

Go to: Confucius Institute on the Web

Go to: Confucius Institute on Facebook



Para hablantes del español!

Instituto Confucio - Valencia

Ubicado en el campus de la Universidad de Valencia.

¡Míralos en Internet y en Facebook!

Ir al: Instituto Confucio en el sitio Web

Ir al: Instituto Confucio en FaceBook


El Instituto Confucio de Valencia también produce una destacada revista bilingüe. Cada número se centra en una región específica de China e incluye artículos culturales, al menos un texto bilingüe simple que incluye pinyin y un artículo que se centra en un punto de gramática.

Revista del Instituto Confucio (chino-español)

Aviso importante (agosto 2020):
En este momento, el Instituto Confucio está en proceso de actualizar el sitio web de la revista. Se desconoce la fecha prevista para la finalización de las revisiones. Para dar una idea del valor de la revista, aquí hay algunas muestras en formato PDF: