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Useful Online Resources for Studying Chinese


Perapera-kun: Firefox | Chrome
If using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, consider installing Perapera-kun. It is an extension that, when enabled, will provide the meanings to Chinese words and phrases when the user highlights the desired characters. Remember to install the plug-in and the appropriate dictionaries.

MDBC Chinese Reader
A similar piece of software for understanding Chinese text on your computer. This link leads to a 15-day free trial.


A simple dictionary supporting both traditional and simplified characters

MDBG Chinese-English Dictionary

nciku (beta)
A dictionary along with conversation lessons and vocabulary drills.

There is also a version with simplified character output here.

Tools for learning Chinese, including dictionaries, lessons, and forums.

Reading Material

Interested in current events in the Chinese media or blogs? Below are a mixture of Chinese- and English-language sites for your perusing pleasure.

Mainland China

One of the largest web portals in China.

Official press agency of the government of the PRC.

Central China Television

Search engine with the largest market share in mainland China. Also provides webportal services along with a top-down style wiki called Baidupedia.

Economic Times
Economic news from mainland China.

Southern Metropolis Daily/Nanfang Dushi Bao
Excellent investigative journalism based in southern China.


China Times
One of the four largest papers in Taiwan (traditional characters).

United Daily News
News aggregator (traditional characters).

Blogs/Online aggregators

Sinocism China Newsletter
Excellent bilingual coverage of China issues by Bill Bishop

EastSouthWestNorth Blog
Excellent discussion of current mainland Chinese issues in English. Also includes ever-changing selections of English-language, Simplified, and Traditional Chinese-language articles about the region.

Sinica (at Popup Chinese)
English language podcasts on Chinese issues, hosted by Kaiser Kuo.

Stay tuned for more links!

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