Ready-to-Learn Chinese


He who knows no foreign language does not really know his own.  -Goethe

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Ling-Ling Chinese is a Language Learning Resource Collective created by Professor Ling-Ling Shih. This website was originally exclusive for her Chinese students, then expanded to a collection of authentic Chinese multimedia and educational resources to aid studying the new language. This website provides a wealth of teaching and learning resources, including:

  • Chinese lessons
  • Free Chinese Worksheets
  • Reading materials
  • Multimedia resources
  • Language tools 
  • Authentic materials 

Expose yourself to Chinese as much as possible. Not only in the early stages of learning a language, but also when you have reached an intermediate level. Using videos and listening to others speaking Chinese helps add context and experience, especially if you’re not in Chinese speaking country.

Why limit yourself to textbook learning? Authentic materials refer to the materials that are read, heard, viewed, and created by the native speakers and locals. Foreign language will be a lot more fun to learn when someone gets the inside scoop on the culture behind it. Here are some examples of Authentic Materials: News Magazine ArticlesRadio BroadcastTV DramasMoviesSongsChildren’s LiteraturePoems and Children Rhymes, and daily things native people encounter.

No need to create an account to log in. No gimmick to lure you to sign up either. All resources provided on this website are available to anyone for free! You only need to sign up if you want to receive e-mail notifications of all new posts. 


Why Learn Chinese? 为什么学中文?

Learning a foreign language is no easy task. It takes time and energy to master a foreign language. Chinese is considered one of the most difficult languages to master. So why select a foreign language that seems more difficult? In The Benefit of Learning Chinese, you will learn that mastering Mandarin Chinese reaps many benefits, and it is in some respects easier than learning other European languages. To read the major five benefits of mastering Mandarin Language, please click on the title of the article, which you will also learn about possible academic pursuits and career opportunities.

Don’t let a starkly different language system deter you from learning Mandarin Chinese. You can learn Chinese as easily as any other foreign language. In some respects Chinese is much easier than other languages. There are no tenses in Chinese verbs! Whether you drink today, you drank last night, you have drunk whole day, or you are drinking right now, you only use ONE verb form in Chinese. Besides no tenses (as seen in #1 below), Chinese grammar is simpler in many other respects:

  1. No tenses: The verb form never changes. The tenses are indicated by the use of particles to express if an action takes place in the past, present or future.
  2. No conjugations: There is only one verb form in Chinese.
  3. No articles: No articles such as in Spanish–le/la/los/las to worry about in Chinese!
  4. No plurals: For instance, either one table or two tables, the Chinese word for the word “table” would be written the same either it is singular or plural.
  5. No gender: no masculine, feminine or neuter words. For instance, in Spanish, the word “casa” (home) is feminine; in Chinese, this word, as in many nouns, is genderless.
  6. No adjectives declensions: Chinese adjectives never change in form. Won’t you say Chinese adjectives are much simpler after comparing them with German adjectives?
  7.  Simple Subject-Verb-Object sentence patterns: Chinese sentences, in general, follow simple Subject-Verb-Object sentence patterns.

Chinese characters may appear insurmountable, but there is logic behind seemingly unfathomable-looking Chinese characters. Most of the characters are combinations of a frequently appearing radical (the meaning component) and the Sound component. It may take some time to acquire all the knowledge of 214 essential radicals that are associated with the meaning of each word. However, once you master them, learning how to read and write Chinese gets easier. For example, 妈 (mā) is made up of 女 and 马 (mǎ). 女 (nǚ) is the radical meaning “woman”, 马 (ma) is the phonetic part of this character. 女(Nǜ) is used in words that are associated with female, (such as “aunt”, “sister”, girl, etc.) Once you get a handle of the essential radicals, it will help you learn Chinese characters.

Like Chinese grammar, even characters, in some respects, are simpler than other Romanized European languages. In English, you have different names for meats (venison, mutton, pork, beef, etc.), Chinese simply add an animal name with the word meat “肉” (ròu), for instance, mutton (羊肉: yángròu) consists of these two parts:  羊(”yáng”: sheep)+ 肉 (”ròu”: meat). You have different English vocabularies for different months, but in Chinese, you simply add a number (1 to 12) before the word “month” (“yuè”:月) and that accounts for 12 months of a year!  The vocabularies for the days of a week are likewise created this way as well (except the Chinese word for Sunday).

qiān lǐ zhī xíng,shǐ yú zú xià


In a nutshell, learning Chinese reaps many benefits and YOU ARE CAPABLE! As Confucius said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” When one realizes that learning is limitless, they will never get bored! As one of the oldest languages and cultures that have evolved over thousands of years, Chinese will enrich your life. Either you are native or non-native speakers, you can always challenge yourself to reach new heights!

Get yourself ready to meet the challenges in this increasingly globalized world. When opportunities come, you are ready!

“I will prepare and some day my chance will come.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Fortune favors the prepared mind.” — Louis Pasteur

“Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can, there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.”Sarah Caldwell

“The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.”Malcolm X

“One secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.”Benjamin Disraeli

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12 thoughts on “Ready-to-Learn Chinese

  1. Hello Shih laoshi,

    Your website is excellent! It is so helpful to all Chinese educators! I am so happy that I found this site. Thank you so so much!
    I am teaching Huanying Textbook for all four levels in high school. I wonder if you have any good project ideas that can be shared online as well.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. I have oral performance assignments for integrated Chinese lessons, some of them are project-based most of them are interpersonal, but some are presentational). You can find them on the following page:

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Hi Shilaoshi,

    Your website is so well organized. May I have the permission to use your power-points (download) in my class? Thank you.

    Rebecca Chang

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sure. Please feel free to use them.

      Liked by 1 person

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