Online Dictionaries

MDGB Chinese-English Dictionary
Includes MDGB Chinese Reader.

Includes a box for drawing characters with your mouse.

Courses, Lessons, and Games

Confucius Institute Online
Elementary/Intermediate/Advanced Chinese lessons. Includes podcasts, videos, and an e-magazine with audio on language and culture.

Daily Sentence in Taiwan
Select your language level and then pick a vocabulary category. You’ll be offered a sentence that has the Chinese characters and Pinyin underneath. Click the audio button for the correct way of pronouncing the sentence. Sentences, vocabulary, dialogue, and audio tools all assist your Chinese learning.

Digital Dialects
Lots of games for learning Chinese using Chinese (simplified) and Pinyin (Roman Alphabet) scripts. Most include audio.

Excellent language learning site from the Defense Language Institute that focuses on both speaking and reading, all downloadable. Choose Chinese, select your level (1-4) and get more specific if you wish. Most lessons have accompanying audio and are based on real-life articles, TV reports, radio broadcasts, etc.

Learn Chinese Online
Mandarin and Cantonese lessons, vocabulary, reading and writing characters, video, TV/Radio broadcasts, conversion and translation tools.

Learn Mandarin or Cantonese
Free courses with audio covering adjectives, adverbs, articles, gender, negation, nouns, numbers, phrases, plural, prepositions, pronouns, questions, verbs, vocabulary, and exercises to help you learn grammar.

Real Chinese
Presented by the BBC. A lively introduction to Mandarin Chinese in 10 short parts with video clips from the Real Chinese TV series.

U.S. Foreign Service Institute Chinese Language Program
Both video and audio. Produced by the FSI in Cantonese and Mandarin for the purpose of building language skills as quickly as possible. Some vocabulary is outdated and some audio quality may be poor, but it is an excellent learning tool prepared by U.S. and Canadian University language professors and much more extensive than most commercial programs.

This site focuses on the use of vocabulary learning to build up your Chinese. Sample sentences, sample dialogues, and MP3 audio available.

Sites for Learning Chinese Hanzi

A tool for making and printing out flash cards for learning Chinese characters.

Learn to Read and Write Chinese Characters
Starts you off writing the simplest characters with your mouse and goes on to teach you 4000 characters, either simplified or traditional, in the order of frequency of use. Provided by

Useful Tools

Ba Ba Dum
A game that does nothing but teach vocabulary using the words plus pictures and audio that can be combined in 5 different ways -- read and hear, just read, just hear, spell, etc. So addictive you'll hardly notice you're learning.

Chinese Number Conversion Tool
Type in Chinese or English number, or choose Chinese number from a table, and convert to Arabic number, English word, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, or pinyin.

Type in an English word or sentence, and the site will offer many Chinese sentence examples underneath the English example. This is a great method of learning the grammar of new vocabulary.

Helps you memorize vocabulary through exercises and audio. You must log on with Facebook or create an account to use this site and if you want, it can keep track of your progress and will even e-mail you occasionally to quiz you on what you've learned. There's nothing else like it.

A great starting place for finding the tools you need to learn Chinese. This site explains the history of the Chinese writing system. It has several links for Chinese audio, newspapers, dictionaries, courses, Chinese names, literature, etc. It also has a link for converting Chinese hanzi to pinyin or zhuyin.

Online Chinese Tools (Mandarin)
Tools for learning and using Chinese, reference tools and computer tools, cultural tools, converters for calendar, numbers and currency.

ZDT Language Learner
Several types of Chinese flashcards, vocab list building, writing practice, audio examples, and a dictionary search database makes this site very helpful for Chinese learners. The site also offers web browser extensions that offers dictionary and character information.

Web Browser Dictionary Extensions

Chrome Extension: Zhongwen: A Chinese-English Popup
Hovering over Chinese text creates a pop up that defines the unfamiliar character. It has support for both traditional and simplified Chinese.

FireFox Extension: Perapera Chinese Popup Dictionary
This extension creates a pop up dictionary tool that supports either Simplified or Traditional characters. Use your computer mouse to hover over unfamiliar characters.

MDGB Chinese Reader
Browse Chinese websites with Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome and see the meanings of Chinese text displayed in a popup window.


Beginners' Chinese -- Audio
Audio podcasts for learning beginning Mandarin produced by The Open University.

More advanced than other podcasts. This series of lessons teaches Chinese by talking about Chinese culture or what is happening today in China.

Learn Chinese with CSLPod
Native Mandarin speakers teach you Chinese as a second language. Audio and transcripts are available on the website. The lessons also emphasize understanding Chinese culture.

Mandarin Chinese Lessons with Serge Melnyk
Theme-based, progressive and easy to follow Chinese audio lessons for absolute beginners. There are 200+ lessons for downloading, full PDF lesson transcripts, worksheets, individual situational dialogs and characters, video tutorials available at

Mandarin Chinese – Radicals
Created by Emory University, this series of video lessons will help you draw several characters and numbers.

One Minute Mandarin
A quick way to cover the very basics.

Popup Chinese
Offers lessons for beginners, intermediate, and advanced levels. Broadcast out of Beijing, with all voice actors speaking the standard northern dialect.

慢速中文 Slow Chinese
A cultural podcast for Chinese learners. Personal narratives by native Chinese people, read in Mandarin at a slow speed (2~3 characters per second). Topics vary from language, knowledge, tradition and culture to opinions on social phenomena.

Survival Chinese
Learn the phrases you need to get by while traveling in China.

Chinese Media Broadcasts and Publications

BBC – Simplified Chinese
Link to BBC radio and news in simplified Chinese.

BBC – Traditional Chinese
Link to BBC radio and news in traditional Chinese.
Link live to 27 different radio stations in China.
Provides links to the websites of many Chinese newspapers.

Link live to 21 different TV stations in China, in Chinese and various other languages.

Chinese Films

Signing up gives you access to Chinese videos like movie trailers or news clips. When you click on a Chinese character from a caption, the word is translated and there are sample sentences available for it. This site offers you a method of learning Chinese from real-world content.

YouTube Chinese Films with English Subtitles