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Leaning Languages at Duke Kunshan: Chinese

On this library resources guide, you will explore a lot of interesting language resources, including free online websites, e-books, e-dictionaries, local language club, etc.

Online Dictionary

Chinese Characters Dictionary Web allows searching of multiple online dictionaries

Chinese English Center : search in Chinese, English and pinyin

A dictionary of Chinese characters : accessed by phonetics (Duke only)

MandarinSpot : search in Chinese, English and pinyin. Pronunciation can be shown as Hanyu Pinyin, Zhuyin Fuhao, etc.

MDBG Dictionary: search for single character and phrase in Chinese only

Nciku Online Dictionary : search in Chinese, English and pinyin

Oxford Language Dictionaries Chinese Resources (Duke only)

Yellow Bridge Chinese-English talking dictionary : search in Chinese, English and Pinyin; advanced search in radicals, handwriting recognition, etc.

Online Resources of Leaning Chinese


Forvo an audio wiki for word pronunciations. Hosting hundreds of recordings of word pronunciations by native speakers.

Hello World provides games and activities to develop a foreign languages.

Open Culture : has an extensive list of free resources for learning Chinese.

Study More Chinese : a social network of Chinese learners. Users can write blogs, share vidoes, photos & start discussions about learning Chinese.

Video Clips of survival Chinese : 20 real life videos for beginners

WordSteps is a resource for learning the vocabulary. Select the language then choose a set of vocabulary words in that language.


BBC Languages Chinese ´╝Übasic guide to pinyin and characters in multimedia format.

CAPL, Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon, is a project developed by Dr. Michael Shaughnessy at Washington & Jefferson College. The purpose of CAP is to provide images that demonstrate the true meaning and intention of the words in a language.

Chinese character practice website : aimed at helping beginning Chinese learners see the linguistic features of characters. Chinese Lessons Downloadable video lessons covering vocabulary and useful phrases.

Learning Chinese Online: collects different tools and websites for learning Chinese.

Online Chinese Tools: tools on learning and using Chinese language and culture.
Speak Chinese from China, : lessons on characters, idioms, allegories, poems, etc.
Read Chinese : developed at the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) at the University of Maryland primarily to meet the needs of American high school students who want to learn to read Chinese and have already learned to recognize a few basic written characters
The Routledge Advanced Chinese Multimedia Course: Crossing Cultural Boundaries

Local Resources

Subject Guide

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Mengjie Zou
DKU AB 2101C

Duke Chinese Study Librarian

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Luo Zhou
Office: Bostock 229
Consultation in person or via zoom.