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I strongly recommend http://chinesepod.com Unlike other chinese online resources there are also a lot of lessons for advanced users. You can listen and check the text in the same time.
Most foreigner think that learning Chinese is difficult as it has not an alphabet but actually it is not as difficult as they think.
There are some clues to learn “hanzi”
Fist of all you should change your perception if it is like “learning Zi is a hard stuff” or something like that. In most cases the problem is related with the negative perception. And you know when it comes to learn Chinese Characters (Hanzi) negative perceptions have not real basics.
Secondly, at the beginning you should give attention to the way of writing like from top to the bottom or from left to the rigt rules. Some might think that it just makes more complicate the situation, but it is not. If you get used to these rules of writing later you can write any Zi without help, and as you write it in a carefull way it will be suprisingly more nicer than native chinese hand writing.
The third and most important issue is to have some basic knowledge about philosopy of chinese characters, have a look at some books like “500 hundres chinese characters with its history” or “what is inside chinese characters” might help you. That will give you more comprehensive understanding of Hanzi. For example sometimes you may understand the meaning of some Zi that you still dont know or fell what it is like saying oo it should be something related to water or it should be an insect.
When you give attention to the background of Zi you will start to see the characters in basic parts so then it will become easy to memorise and to use them. It is some kind of lego game. Chinese characters mainly have two parts when one part gives the meaning of the character the other part makes it’s sound. So in many cases you can pronounce a Zi that you still dont know.
Finally seeing your Zi like seeing your soul, my native lang also use a latin alhabet but my chinese writing is more beautifull than my native hand writing, when i feel depressed or get in dark feelings just take a chair and write chinese characters. it makes me relaxed.
hope you find something usefull here..