Teach Yourself Mandarin Blog - LOTS OF RESOURCES FOR THE BEGINNER!
I wrote a blog that explains in depth how one can go about teaching oneself Mandarin, with many links to helpful resources and a detailed explanation on how to do it. It explains everything you need to know and will probably elucidate many of the questions you have if you're a complete beginner.
It's a lot of reading so keep that in mind. If anyone more knowledgeable sees something wrong, let me know and I will fix it, thanks.
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These resources are VERY helpful. I've already started to use several. Thank you!
A few other resources to mention are Skritter for writing (need to pay), FluentU for authentic content (need to pay), "Slow & Clear Chinese" Youtube channel for listening (free), and WrittenChinese.com for a dictionary (free).
Thank you so much, these will help me to go a step further.
For example, I like the small stories... http://chinesereadingpractice.com/2016/05/01/little-horse-crosses-the-river/