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Chinese English Dictionary and Thesaurus >

The web's most comprehensive Chinese-English dictionary is designed for quick word exploration and understanding. Unique results include audible word pronunciation, handwriting recognition, fuzzy pinyin matches, character stroke order. Sample sentences, word decomposition, synonyms, and other related words aid in word understanding in their proper context. Search can by Chinese text, pinyin, or English.
Decomposition Explorer

Chinese Character Dictionary and Etymology Explorer >

Unlike the word dictionary above, this character dictionary focuses on individual characters and how they are formed. Understanding this character-level etymology will give you a leg up on remembering the characters and appreciating the beauty of the Chinese language. Our Etymology Explorer (sample) is the first web tool to allow you to visually drill down to the components, one level at a time. Conversely, you can find any character simply by identifying one or more of its components.

Chinese Flashcards >

Our online flashcards function just like traditional cardboard flashcards where a front side provides the prompt while a back side provides the correct answer plus many additional features that are only possible online. Most of our flashcards are keyed to specific book series, such as those for Integrated Chinese and New Practical Chinese Reader, to match your study programs. We also have flashcards for popular word lists, such as those for the HSK proficiency test, most commonly used characters, etc.
Chinese memory game

Chinese Memory Game >

A fun alternative to Chinese flashcards that uses the same word lists. The rules of the game is somewhat similar to the Memory or Concentration games you probably played as a kid, except that instead of matching two identical figures, your task is to match a Chinese character with its pronunciation or its translation by clicking one after the other. Have fun trying to beat the clock while giving your vocabulary a workout.
Chinese annotator

YellowTip Popup Translator >

YellowTip is our unobstrusive popup translator. It helps you read complete sentences even when you don't know all of of the words. When you encounter a word you do not know, simply use your mouse to hover over the word (or touch it if on a mobile device) and an instant translation of the word will pop up. YellowTip is enabled on many pages (e.g. in our dictionary example sentences) and all of the text in our Chinese Reading Center. You can also annotate any text using our Yellowtip Annotator.

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word lists

Popular Word Lists

While most students learn Chinese via textbook, supplementing a textbook via standard word lists ensures coverage of all the words or characters one should know for a given level of proficiency.

Chinese Reading Center >

Have fun with tongue twisters and palindromes or enjoy classics of literature, some with Chinese and English side-by-side translation.