Bibliography & External Links

The following is a list of textbooks, dictionaries and websites often referenced in articles on MandarinFriend:

(Note: Where no English title is officially available, I have written a translation in speech marks.)


New Practical Chinese Reader 新实用汉语课本, Liuxun 刘询 (ed.), (Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press 北京语言大学出版社, 2013).

Integrated Chinese 中文听说读写 (Third Edition), Tao-chung Yao & Yuehua Liu (eds.), (Boston: Cheng & Tsui Company, 2009).

‘Outstanding Chinese: Business Real-Combat Volume’ 卓越汉语: 公司实战篇, Shizhongqi 史中琦 (ed.), (Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press 外语教学与研究出版社, 2010).

Business Chinese: An Advanced Reader 商货汉语高级读本, Cui Songren 崔颂人, (Hong Kong, Chinese University Press, 2004).

Dictionaries and Vocabulary Guides

‘Modern Chinese Standardized Dictionary: Third Edition’ 现代汉语规范词典: 第3版, Li Xingjian 李行健 (ed.), (Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press 外语教学与研究出版社, 2014).

Handbook of Chinese Idioms 汉语成语学习手册, Liu Lixin 刘立新 (ed.), (Beijing, Peking University Press 北京大学出版社, 2007).

Chinese Measure Words Without Tears 汉语量词学习手册, Chu Peiru 褚佩如 & Jin Nailu 金乃逯 (eds.), (Beijing, Peking University Press 北京大学出版社, 2010).

‘Chengyu Dictionary’ 成语词典 (新世纪版: 2011修订), Zou Deping 邹德萍 (ed.), (Harbin: Harbin Publishing House 哈尔滨出版社, 2011).

‘New HSK Vocabulary Breakthrough: Level 6’ 新HSK词汇突破: 6级, Xie Danling 谢丹凌, (Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press 外语教学与研究出版社, 2013).

‘Commonly Used Word Form Collocations Dictionary’ 常用汉字组词搭配词典, Fu Yufang 傅玉芳 (ed.), (Shanghai: Shanghai University Press 上海大学出版社, 2011).

A Dictionary of Chinese Synonyms (Second Edition) 汉语近义词典 (第2版), Wang Huan 王还 (ed.), (Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press 北京语言大学版社).

‘Xinhua Dictionary’ 新华大字典: 彩色版, Zhou Bin 周斌 (ed.), (Beijing: Commercial Press 商务印书馆, 2004).

‘Modern Chinese’ 现代汉语, 黄伯荣与廖序东 Huang Borong and Liao Xudong (eds.), (Beijing: Higher Education Press 高等教育出版社, 2010).

The following websites and applications are also particularly helpful for learners:

(Sequence Repetition software for learning characters)

(Audio podcast lessons)

(Dictionary app for smart devices)

Chinese Grammar Wiki
(Comprehensive online grammar guide)

Mandarin Weekly
(Weekly round-up of Chinese-language related blog posts)