Any written material you find in Chinese will help you improve your reading skills, but the goal of this page is to help you find interesting material that is relevant to what you want to learn. Below is information on books, news/articles, apps, reading tools, translations, and language blogs to help you find the right reading material and assist you in maintaining your reading skills.
The American Mandarin Society is in the process of creating a bookshelf for recommended books in English and Chinese related to U.S.-China relations and policy issues. We will be informing members of any new functionality on our website through our facebook page so sign up to keep yourself updated.
Douban– Douban is a website that provides reviews for books, movies, and music and is your best resources for finding Chinese books. Although Douban does not sell books, it compares prices at major Chinese online bookstores and provides you with links for where to purchase books. You can register for free here and start browsing through their reviews. Once you find a book you want to purchase, you can add it to your shopping list (加入购书单）and then go to your shopping list to compare prices.
For those who don’t know, Weibo is a social networking site focused on “micro-blogging” and is similar in structure to Twitter. Weibo is especially useful for reading practice because you can use it to find material you are interested and follow important political and academic figures, as well as notable social commentators.
Mandarin Spot-Every once in a while you will encounter an article so difficult that you only recognize half of the words. The main issue with these articles is that it is too frustrating to go back and forth between the text and a dictionary to look up all the terms you do not know. Reading annotation tools can help you avoid this problem and show you the definition and pronunciation of all words in a Chinese text on the same page, saving you the frustration of looking through a dictionary. There are a few annotators available for free online, but Mandarinspot seems to have the best one.
Chinese Text Project– For those interested in classical Chinese, the Chinese Text Project has thousands of passages available for free, with most containing English translations, definitions of words appearing in the text, and annotations in Chinese.
AMS is in the process of collecting a list of the best blogs/newsletters related to Chinese language study. We will be informing members of any new functionality on our website through our facebook page so sign up to keep yourself updated. Below are a few of the most useful blogs/newsletters:
Sinocism– If there is one newsletter you want to sign up for, it is Sinocism. Sinocism collects the most important articles and news stories each day related to current issues and public policy in China. Many of the articles sent out are written in Chinese, so you can use these articles for reading practice while keeping yourself updated with the most current issues in China.
Hacking Chinese– Hacking Chinese is a great blog/website that has articles about learning Chinese. The author primarily writes about HOW to learn Chinese as opposed to WHAT to learn. The articles are very useful and give great advice on the best ways to study.