A “short list” of the best Chinese study resources available to help those new to online/electronic resources to get off the ground.
DictionariesOnline Reading Assistant (instant pinyin and definition while you browse)
- New, Improved and Awesome Adsotrans
- Popup Chinese Translator extension for Firefox
- YellowBridge Chinese English Dictionary
- ChinesePod Dictionary (sentences w/ recordings)
- Dict.cn Dictionary, English/Chinese searchable dictionary with many example sentences in English and Chinese.
- Xiaoma Cidian is a dictionary searchable by English, Character and Pinyin, and also has links to other helpful word lists. [S]
- MDBG Dictionary is an all-around dictionary
- Guoyu Dictionary, commercial-level traditional Chinese-based dictionary maintained by Taiwan Department of Education, with large number of word entries and detailed definitions.
- Classical Chinese Dictionary (A) [T]
- Specialized Chinese Dictionaries [S]
- Zhongwen.com, good radical/stem derivation diagrams fro exploring the relationship between characters (in traditional character)
Online Dictionaries that support screen (mouse) character writing
Offline (instant pinyin and definition for offline text reading)
- Dimsum (provides pop-up definition for both websites and offline texts; uses Java, should run on PC/Mac/and more)
- PlecoDict (Palm/PocketPC; US$99.95 for version with John deFrancis’s excellent ABC dictionary, allows for a instant definition while reading on your PDA – works the best with TealDoc on Palm; excellent full-featured flashcard system). See discussion.
- Wakan Free mouse-over pop-up dictionary for all windows applications.
- Wenlin, US$199, with academic discounts possible; PC/Mac; includes the ABC dictionary; provides mouse-over pinyin and definitions and unique features such as one-click searches for all characters containing a component or all phrases containing a character. (G) [S,T]
- NJStar (mainly a word processor, but version 5.0 also has a teaching mode which provides pop-up definitions and automated vocabulary list generator; demo version is fully functional, but need to pay for registration for all features, including the full dictionary)
- HanConv: converts between Chinese characters to pinyin and romanized Cantonese, and convert between Simplified and Traditional Chinese characters
- Puku: converts between Chinese character to pinyin on Microsoft Pocket PC. Freeware made by a non-profit Putonghua advocate group.
- Powerword: The most commonly used pop-up translator software in China. More geared towards native Chinese speakers learning English but is perhaps the most efficient Chinese-English mouse-over translator combined with a user-created CEDICT dictionary add-on found here.
- For more on electronic dictionaries, see this discussion and this.
- For more on mouse-over/pop-up dictionaries, see this discussion.
- PABLO (Windows): Freeware Chinese-English dictionary, with handwriting recognition, stroke animations and great search features.
- Popup Chinese – sample HSK test exercises at three levels of difficulty (beginner, intermediate, advanced).Tones[list]
- SpeakGoodChinese (program for training tone pronunciation, see discussion)
- Start from Pinyin: Alphabet of Pinyin (with .wav audio)
- Mandarin Chinese Pronunciation Guide (no audio)
- Pinyin Practice (
- Romanization Explained
- Pinyin Wiki
- More here…
- Chinese Usage Dictionary.
- Popup Chinese – free podcast lessons, HSK tests and annotated texts and transcripts with mouseover popups. Focus on standard Beijing dialect.
- Chinese as a Second Language Podcasts.
- Podcast with free transcripts from Nankai University.
- Chinese Voices, collection of short, engaging mini-essays with accompanying audio for intermediate students.
- CCTV Travel in Chinese (teaches you Chinese with a travel theme; transcript available on website). See this discussion.
- CCTV’s “Economics Half Hour” 《经济半小时》: videos (click on the little icon after the titles) and transcripts of many shows are available on the site. A little like a more commercialized version of “60 Minutes.” The show covers many subjects, not just the economy, despite its name.
- China Radio International beginning Chinese listening materials (with pinyin and English transcripts). See discussion.
- Chinese subtitles/script for Chinese movies (for movies that you may have downloaded from lib.verycd.com). See discussion.
- Online audio lessons (I)
- Chinese Radio Online
- Chinese Television Online
- Radio Free Asia
- ChinesePod (learning community & podcasts)
- More listening resources: see this discussion.
- Chinese Text Sampler (texts graded by difficulty level) (linked through anonymouse.org due to site being blocked by the Great Firewall)
- Collection of writings by famous modern authors such as Lu Xun, Su Tong, and Wang Xiaobo
- jMemorize, Supermemo-like flashcard system that keeps track of your study history
- MyChineseFlashCards: nice open-source Chinese flashcard program (Mac, PC, Linux)
- See PlecoDict above
- Zhongwen Development Tool, java-based cross platform (Windows, Mac, Linux). Open Source.
- PINGRID (Windows): Freeware vocabulary training game. Based on spaced repetitions and 100% geared towards Chinese vocabulary.
- Specific Flashcards
- Integrated Chinese Level 1, with about 1154 words (simplified characters)
- David & Helen
- New Practical Chinese Reader
- Most frequently used character list
- Hanyu Shuipin Kaoshi (HSK; Chinese Achievement Test) vocabulary list
-> http://www.mnemosyne-proj.org/node/30′>Mnemosyne/Anki format, TSV format, Supermemo format, KVoctrain/Parley format
- Lists of most frequently used words phrases in literature and news
- 250 Most Common Idioms
- List of common Chinese names and translation of foreign names
- YellowBridge Flashcards
- Hanyu College: Animated dialogues, karaoke, radio, and advanced readings (B,I,A) [S]
- DimSum: offline reading tool with annotation, dictionary (I,A) [S,T]
- University of Oxford Multi-Media Language Course (B,I)
- Read Mandarin – Learn to Read Chinese : Very useful website created by Daniel for learning characters (B, +pronunciation audio files) [S]
- Find a Chinese chat partner with QQ (a popular instant message program in China). See discussion.
- Meet Language Partners Online
- Chinese Memory Card Game
- Chinese Squabble
- http://www.shareup.c…load-47158.html (PC only)