Bridge to China consists of two parts:
- A catalogue of academic China-related Internet resources
- A grammar of modern spoken Mandarin
Both parts are accessible via
Bridge to China aims to further the understanding of all aspects of the Chinese speaking world.
It gives particular importance to the understanding of the modern Mandarin language.
- If you do not speak Mandarin, you will learn from the resources even at this early stage of their development. When you get to a stage when you can contribute, you will learn even more. (Teaching's a good way of learning.)
- If you are a native speaker of Mandarin, you will learn how your language works. This is useful, for example if you ever want to teach it.
Eventually the catalogue part of Bridge to China will look like
Bridge to Japan
The Mandarin grammar part of Bridge to China will be open access and contain:
- a grammar of modern spoken Chinese with many examples and simple explanations
- a dictionary of words used in the texts and examples
- a module for learning three Simplified Chinese characters a day (where Traditional characters are different this will be mentioned)
- sound files for the conversations
- eventually this will be turned into a course
What is different about these resources?
- They are created by a small group of people. The wiki platform facilitates collaborative working.
- They are open access. Moreover, if you are interested in contributing, just get in contact.
This was set up in 2008 and has some similarities with Bridge to China and it make sense for there to be cooperation.