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Below you will find a selection of the various resources available related to the Chinese language. The generel links focus mainly on online learning resources, Chinese names, or tools for learning Chinese characters. A special section for dictionaries you will find below.

General Links

ABC- Chinese - Interactive Chinese language educational program that provides level through multi-media. Texts and sources for learning Chinese listed.
Adsotrans - A bilingual Chinese-English annotation and translation system. Includes a simple and an advanced interface.
Audio-Picture Dictionary - English/Chinese - A dictionary with pronunciation and pictures
Chinese Character Finder - This site is intended to aid in the study of common Chinese characters by providing a visual search tool, rather than the "radicals" or phonetic approach used by most dictionaries.
Chinese Comics - Online emporium of Chinese calligraphy, comics and paintings.
Chinese dictionary - Uses graphics files to display the characters.
Chinese Etymology - Provides the origin and translation of Chinese characters. Includes pictures with the ancient ways of writing the character.
Chinese Language and Culture Forum - A community of people interested in learning about Chinese and Chinese culture. Forum topics include history, non-Mandarin Chinese, grammar and vocabulary.
Chinese Reading World - Reading material for various levels of Chinese learners.
Chinese School Association in the US - Information exchange among hundreds of Chinese schools in the United States, promote joint activities, events; share information related to education in Chinese language and culture.
Chinese Text Sampler - Intended for student reading practice, this graded collection of 50 short Chinese texts includes well-known stories, poems, songs, essays, and historical documents.
Chinese Tools - Tools to help learn and process Chinese online, including dictionaries, flashcards, and translators.
Chinese Tutorials - Some free online Chinese lessons
ChineseOn - Provides multi-media courses, standard courses and online guidance.
Conversational Chinese Online - Conversational Chinese lessons, including grammatical information and downloadable sound files.
Get a Chinese Name - Get your own Chinese name based on your English name. Provides a pronunciation guide and meaning of the name and your Chinese astrological sign.
Inverted Sentences, Pragmatics, and the Emergent Grammar - Word order as an example of the pragmatic orientation of conversational Chinese.
Lightverse - Convert Chinese text to pinyin.
Marjorie Chan's ChinaLinks - A site with annotated links to over six hundred China- and Chinese language and linguistics-related websites (and a few ftp and gopher sites).
NewsinChinese - It provides English annotated Chinese news articles.
Odds on the Odes - Paper on how old Chinese became an (almost) natural language.
Online Programs in Chinese language - Accredited courses in Chinese language including online degrees in Chinese language.
Pinyin.info - A guide to the writing of Mandarin Chinese in romanization. Includes romanization tools.
Search Language.com
Sino-Tibetan Etymological Dictionary and Thesaurus - Fonts, bibliography, etymology and thesaurus lookup for Chinese and other Sino-Tibetan languages.
So you want to learn Chinese...? - Includes FAQ, hints and tips for learning the language, book reviews and basic learning methods, plus information on viewing and writing Chinese for users of UNIX and Linux.
The Chinese Outpost - Resources on pronunciation, grammar and characters with general information aimed at demystifying Chinese language.
Your Name in Chinese - Tool for transforming Western names into Chinese characterss.


A Chinese-English Glossary of Botanical Terms - Compiled by Susan Marie Rossi-Wilcox; searchable by English, Pinyin, or character. (GB, image)
A Dictionary of the Pinyin Language - Zhang Juli’s proposal for an alphabetical dictionary of Chinese. Organized by letter but without search, contains some WMA format pronunciation links.
A Glossary of Terms Commonly Used in HKEx - Investment and securities terminology from the Hong Kong Exchange and Clearing House. (Big5)
AIDS Glossary Main Page - The China AIDS Survey’s English-Chinese and Chinese-English glossaries with translations of more than 250 AIDS and HIV related terms and phrases.
An English-Chinese Glossary of IT Terms - Information Technology words commonly used by the Hong Kong Government. (Big5)
An English-Chinese IT Glossary - Koh Chit Tng’s compilation of terminology used in Information Technology. (GB, Big5
CEDICT: Chinese-English Dictionary - Volunteer lexicographic project (inspired by Japanese EDICT) that Paul Denisowski began and Erik Peterson maintains. It currently contains 25,807 Big5 words and 23,512 GB words. (Big5, GB, UTF-8)
CHinDEX - Hartmut Bohn’s online index to "A Chinese-English Dictionary" and "Das neue Chinesisch-Deutsche Wörterbuch," indexed by radical, Pinyin, Four Corner and stroke count. (GB and JavaScript)
Chinese Character Database: With Word-formations Phonologically Disambiguated According to the Cantonese Dialect - Dictionary server with 13,060 characters, searchable by radical, stroke, Cantonese (in seven romanization systems) initial, final, or tone. Provides English translation, pronunciations (JavaScript), homophones, compound words, dictionary references, etc. (Big5)
Chinese Character Dictionary - Chineselanguage.org’s CEDICT server, searchable by English keyword; radical-stroke; Pinyin, Hakka, Cantonese, Sino-Japanese, or Sino-Korean pronunciation; Four Corner or Cangjie input, or character code. (UTF-8)
Chinese Characters Dictionary Web - Rick Harbaugh’s site hyperlinks across thirteen major online dictionaries at the character-to-character level. Search by radical, character, or English. Also adds definition links to Chinese text. (GB or Big5)
Chinese Computer Terminology - Interface to Hong Kong and PRC dictionary databases, searchable by English or traditional/simplified Chinese keywords, with bitmap or text display, Pinyin and Cantonese pronunciations (WAV). (Big5, GB, image)
Chinese Tools - Site provides Chinese-English, English-Chinese, and Chinese-French dictionaries; traditional/simplified and Chinese/Unicode converters; and Pinyin dictionary annotation tools. (Big5, GB, UTF-8)
Chinese/English Talking Dictionary - YellowBridge’s CEDICT and Unihan interface, searchable by English, Pinyin with tone numbers or marks, Chinese character, or radical-stroke. Proprietary software required to hear pronunciation. (UTF-8)
Chinese-English Dictionary - Ganesa Media Labs’ interface for CEDICT, with search by traditional/simplified Chinese, Pinyin, or English. (Big5, GB, UTF-8)
Chinese-English Online Dictionary - TigerNT’s CEDICT server searchable by character, Pinyin, or English. (GB, Big5, or image)
CJKV-English Dictionary - Charles Muller’s database of CJKV (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese) characters and compounds related to East Asian cultural, political, and intellectual history.(UTF-8)
Daoist Studies Glossary of Chinese Terms on Daoism/Taoism - James Miller’s list of common Daoist terminology, in Pinyin and Wade-Giles romanization systems. (UTF-8)
Database Query to Chinese Characters - Sergei Starostin's The Tower of Babel Etymological Database Project contains around 4000 Chinese characters, with readings in modern Pinyin, Japanese, Sino-Vietnamese, Middle Chinese, and Old Chinese. It links to Chinese dialectal and Sino-Tibetan information, gives English translations, etc.(UTF-8)
Dylan's Shataukok Hakka-English Dictionary - Alphabetized glossary of the Hakka Chinese dialect commonly spoken in Hong Kong and Shenzhen. (Big5)
English to Chinese Online Dictionary - Online-dictionary.biz’s CEDICT server, English search only, one of seven language dictionaries. (UTF-8)
English-Chinese Dictionary - OK88’s online version of Linda Ng’s English to Chinese dictionary. (Big5 or image)
English-Chinese Glossary of XML and SGML Terms - Translations of standard Markup Language from The Chinese XML Now! Project. (UTF-8)
ESAURUS Online English-Chinese Medical Dictionary - Wong Kia Boon’s glossary of Chinese terminology from PRC, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. (GIF images)
Frequently Asked Chinese Characters - About.com’s dictionary of common Chinese characters, English index. (GIF image)
Glossaries of Arms Control/Nonproliferation Terms and Names - The Nuclear Threat Initiative’s Chinese and English glossaries for nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons, missile defense, treaties, and organizations; searchable by English term, acronym, or Pinyin. (GB)
Glossary of Terms for Antique Chinese Porcelain - Jan-Erik Nilsson’s list of specialized vocabulary for East Asian pottery and porcelain.
Hong Kong Department of Justice Glossaries - English-Chinese and Chinese-English glossaries of legal and electoral legislative terms, from the Bilingual Laws Information System (BLIS). (Big5)
Lexiconer English Chinese Dictionary - English-Chinese and Chinese-English interfaces using the Linux Chinese/English dictionary database pyDict, written in Python/GTK. (Big5, GB)
Lin Yutang's Chinese-English Dictionary of Modern Usage - Chinese University of Hong Kong’s web edition based upon the1972 dictionary with over 40,000 entries. Indexed by radical, Pinyin, and English, and searchable by full text or head character (Big5).
Mandarin Chinese Dictionaries - Blabi’s Unihan-based dictionaries arranged by alphabetical Pinyin, traditional/simplified radicals, semantic fields, and HSK exam level. (UTF-8)
MDBG Online Chinese English Dictionary - Integrated word dictionary (using CEDICT) and character dictionary (using Unihan Database), with search by English translation, Chinese character, radical-stroke, Pinyin, Cantonese, or Cangjie. Also provides text translation and flashcards. (Big5, GB, UTF-8)
MobileCEDICT Chinese-English Dictionary - Bilingual English or Pinyin search interface for WAP-enabled cell phones and other devices capable of handling WML pages.
Net Dictionary - SQL server adaptation of the Princeton University WordNet lexical database, with Chinese translations by Han Yang, links to pronunciation files and Web usage examples.
Online Chinese English Dictionary - Indra Kurniawan’s CEDICT and Unihan interface, searchable by English, Pinyin, Japanese, Cantonese, Chinese character, or radical-stroke. (UTF-8)
On-line Chinese Tools - Erik Peterson provides Web tools to assist people studying and using the Chinese language, including CEDICT and Unihan dictionaries with lookup by English, Pinyin, Cantonese, character, or radical-stroke. Includes Chinese text annotator, character flashcards, and online converters for romanizations, encodings, Chinese/Western calendars, numbers, etc. (Big5, GB, UTF-8, and GIF image converter)
Pristine Lexicon - This reference has over 150,000 entries, combining public-domain Chinese dictionaries with in-house specialized glossaries. Search by Chinese character, Pinyin romanization, or English.
pz English to Chinese Dictionary - Primezero’s CEDICT server searchable by English, Pinyin, or character. Links to search engines and other Chinese dictionaries. (Big5 or GB)
The Lingua Sinica Chinese-English Dictionary - Currently contains over 70,000 entries, with traditional and simplified characters, Gwoyeu Romatzyh and Pinyin romanizations, WAV format pronunciations, grammatical functions, translations, and examples. Fuzzy search input through character, ASCII Pinyin, or English.
Unihan Database - Standardized information about "Unified Han" (CJK: Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) Ideographs [sic], which are part of Unicode version 4.0. Includes characters, variants, encodings, dictionary citations, radical-stroke, Pinyin, Cantonese, and Tang Chinese pronunciations, Japanese and Korean pronunciations, compounds, etc. (UTF-8)
Xiaoma Cidian - Chinese English dictionary - CEDICT and Unihan server with search by simplified Chinese character, Pinyin, English, radical, stroke, or usage frequency. (UTF-8)

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