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Best way to learn Chinese

Glenn C. "Never been cool"
The list author says: "Here are the best books I've found for learning Chinese. There many, many books available, but I've found few that really help as much as these."
Oxford Beginner's Chinese Dictionary
Oxford Beginner's Chinese Dictionary
"Besides a typical "concise" or "pocket" dictionary, this dictionary will be your constant companion.  It provides thorough explanations of words, phrases, and proper usage, something that a regular Chinese-English dictionary doesn't do."
Cheng & Tsui Chinese Character Dictionary: A Guide to the 2,000 Most Frequently-Used Characters
Cheng & Tsui Chinese Character Dictionary: A Guide to the 2,000 Most Frequently-Used Characters
"This is the BEST character dictionary you'll ever find.  Its easy to navigate, has everything you would want to know about a character (what the radical is, stroke order, structural type, grade level, and a few quick definitions), except the annoying omission of Traditional characters."
The Chinese Language: Its History and Current Usage
The Chinese Language: Its History and Current Usage
"This is the BEST book for learning about the Chinese language as a whole; not so much an educational book so much as an informative book.  Read when you first begin learning Chinese for a few tidbits of useful information, then revisit it when you have a grasp of the basics for a mountain of practical knowledge."
Reading & Writing Chinese: Simplified Character Edition
Reading & Writing Chinese: Simplified Character Edition
"This book, and its Traditional companion, are very helpful when you're first learning how to write, and when you find a particularly bothersome character."
The First 100 Chinese Characters: Simplified Character Edition: The Quick and Easy Way to Learn the Basic Chinese Characters (Tuttle Language Library)
The First 100 Chinese Characters: Simplified Character Edition: The Quick and Easy Way to Learn the Basic Chinese Characters (Tuttle Language Library)
"This book provides stroke order and practice space for the first 100 characters you're likely to learn; similar products are available for free to print out via the internet, but I've used this book and find it useful.  Also look for the Second 100 Characters, as well as the Traditional editions."
Rosetta Stone V3: Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1-3 Set with Audio Companion [OLD VERSION]
Rosetta Stone V3: Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1-3 Set with Audio Companion [OLD VERSION]
"Though absurdly expensive, Rosetta stone is the best way to learn a foreign language on your own.  You'll appreciate the money you spent."