UCB Libraries

Language Learning Guide

  • Dictionaries
  • Pronounciation
  • Characters
  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing



  • 爱词霸--Online English-Chinese/Chinese-English dictionary


  • CNKI翻译助手--Online English-Chinese/Chinese-English dictionary of science & technology. Sample sentences are provided.






  • Hello-Han.com--All syllables are listed and sounds can be heard. Male or female voice could be chosen.


  • InstantSpeak Chinese--Teaches you how to read and pronounce "Pinyin." Listen to the pronunciation by scrolling over or clicking on the Pinyin.




  • LearnChineseEZ.com-- Help you learn traditional and simplified characters. Character stroke order is presented by animation. Pinyin, English meaning and sample uses are also provided.


  • Activity Builder Grab & Drop--Vocabulary exercises based on the textbook Practical Chinese Reader Book I. Grab the floating Pinyin and English words and drop them onto the corresponding Chinese character in the box below.



  • USC Chinese Language Program--Includes characters in the textbook Integrated Chinese. Each character is displayed by animation. Pinyin and English meaning are also provided.


  • Chinese Character Flashcards--Contains 1,000 most frequently used characters. Has 10 difficulty levels. Pinyin, English meaning and stroke number are provided.





  • iMandarinPod.com--Podcasting for Chinese learners. Each podcast introduce a topic about Chinese culture or what is happening today in China.


  • Watch to Learn Chinese--Video clips collected from Youtube for Chinese learning. Categorized into three levels: beginner, intermediate and advance.


  • BBC Real Chinese--A lively introduction to Mandarin Chinese in 10 short parts with video clips from the Real Chinese TV series. Good for beginners.







  • Read Chinese--Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, these Read Chinese materials were developed to provide online e-learning reading lessons aimed at beginning and intermediate students of the language.


  • USC Chinese Language Program--Reading materials for readers at varying levels of proficiency. In the Progressive Reading section, each essay or short story adapted into several versions, from the beginning to the advanced level, appropriate for learners to progress from one level of proficiency to another. The General Reading section, on the other hand, includes humor stories, storie of idioms, ancient myths, poems etc.


  • A Chinese Text Sampler--An annotated collection of Chinese texts selected from Modern Chinese literature, Classical Chinese literature, Chinese film scripts, song lyrics, fables, parables, children's stories, essays, etc. Good for advanced learners.


  • NewsinChinese.com--News in Chinese. Moving cursing over the Chinese words, the pronunciation and English interpretation will be displayed




  • A few journals on composition that are available in the China Academic Journal database. View the video video to find these journals.


    • 创新作文(初中版)
    • 创新作文(奇趣故事)
    • 创新作文(小学版)
    • 初中生优秀作文故事作文(低年级版)
    • 故事作文(高年级版)
    • 课堂内外创新作文(初中版)

Provides citations and abstracts to 9000 doctorial dissertations from North America and West Europe

An online union collection of Hong Kong postgraduate students’ doctoral and master dissertations and theses indexed in the online catalogues of seven university libraries in Hong Kong.

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