Standard Chinese easily has the most number of native speakers of all languages, with a number of roughly one billion. Concentrated in China, Chinese is actually a very diverse language but the main form of Chinese which is predominant is known as Mandarin. Chinese itself uses characters for writing instead of an alphabet and is spoken in tones, both of which are features not existing in English. Additionally, two writing systems currently exist: Traditional and Simplified. For the most part, people who learn Chinese as a foreign language will study the simplified characters, as this is what often exists in study materials, although serious students might try and learn both systems. Either way, the differences in both writing and speaking make this a challenging(but not impossible) to learn language for native English speakers. With the economic and political rise of China this probably would be a good language to pick up!
Chinese Reading Practice, per the title, is a website that is dedicated to practicing the reading of the Chinese language. It is not for straight beginners but once you've gotten some basics down check out this resource. Really good stuff and includes translations as well.
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Easily wins the title as China's greatest philsopher.
Sun Tzu was a military general famous for writing The Art of War
China's most famous communist revolutionary who governed China for well over 30 years.
Current President of China
Won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. He is currently imprisoned because of his political views and was not able to collect the prize in person.
Won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature
This artist and activist has been an outspoken critic of human rights abuses in China.