Here’s a Chinese resource that looks pretty cool: The Internet Chinese Text Archive.
The biggest problem with the site is it doesn’t set the proper encoding information!! So you have to manually set the encoding to “Chinese Simplified” very time. It’s really, really annoying. I’ve tried everything on the browser such as setting my preferred language to Chinese with no luck. Ugh… One trick I came up with is to mouse over each link and just read the url on the bottom bar of the browser. It’ll tell you what you’re looking at (in English no less) without having to reset the encoding every time. Then you can finally set the encoding when you get to the text you want.
Anyway, while this site looks cool, the material is far too advanced for me to make any recommendations. I thought I’d try to tackle some short stories first but it’s slow going.
Ooh la la, the 色情性爱 category looks interesting. Could be a good motivator to study Chinese.
Any good suggestions for people like me learning Chinese? Preferably something interesting, not too difficult, and as modern as possible.