These are wonderful websites for learning Chinese. You have found very useful tools. If you use firefox or Chrom you can check the furigana injector. It will provide you great help as well. Thank you for your contribution and good luck.
http://code.google.com/p/furigana-injector/ (Original Homepage)
https://addons.mozilla.org/de/firefox/addon/6178/ (As firefox addon function)
This is a great tool to help users to understand Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages in their meanings, pronounciations and usages.
furigana-injector Inserts furigana for kanji words (Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome extensions)For Chrome
The new client-server version 0.9 for chrome has been published to Chrome Extensions official site (Furigana Injector details). Please keep in mind that this is a not a totally polished extension at the moment- Chrome's APIs for extensions are still maturing too. If you need the better performance and functionality the Firefox version will be better for you for in most cases. For Firefox
Version 2.1 (for all OS'es) is now available. Like the Chrome version it uses a remote server to parse text and add formatted furigana, instead of bundling a large dictionary and Meacb component lib. It includes the English, Italiano, Français, Deutsch, polski, Português, عربي, 日本語, 한국어, 中文 (简体), 正體中文 (繁體), Español and Bahasa Indonesia locales.
Here is an interesting website, with free content, for learning Mandarin Chinese: http://www.learnchineseeveryday.com/
For chinese pronounciation, readings etc. Good for beginners.
Two websites with video lessons.
For beginners: Easy Chinese: http://english.cntv.cn/program/learnchinese/easychinese/index.shtml (10 video lessons include phrases in Hanzi, Pinyin and English translation)
For intermediate learners: Communicate in Chinese: http://english.cntv.cn/program/learnchinese/communicateinchinese/ (many video lessons include phrases in Hanzi and English translation - good review section near the end of each video)
I found an excellent Flash Card program that you can download to practice reading Chinese characters. It shows the character, optionally you can display the Pinyin and English translation. Click a button and you can hear the pronunciation. Check a box, and you can see an animation on how to write it (stroke order). It even has a section for you to type notes.
It can also generate random sentences for you to practice. For example, it may show: 学生 是？吗中国你 and it gives you a hint: 'are you a Chinese student?' Then you need to arrange it into something like: 你是中国学生吗？
You can download it here: http://my.cheng-tsui.com/node/1024
welcome in Chinese thematic vocabulary
Here you can find the basic tools for learning chinese. The site also has other areas which worth browsing. Have fun.
http://www.chinesescore.com/ it's a very good site
It's really a excellent site for Chinese starters. I specially like the pronunciation function. Thank you very much.