Learning Chinese Tools and Sites

As I have pushed myself down the path of Chinese learning, there are a number of resources that I couldn’t have lived without. Others are good blogs that shouldn’t go unnoticed.

I swear by Nciku as my number one choice for Simplified and Traditional Chinese learners. It is also useful for Chinese learning English. This multilingual dictionary got start in 2007 and became very popular in a number of months. I use Nciku Mini more often because it reduces the Ads and speeds up lookups.

Nicetranslator is a mashup of google’s translation api, I believe. That means the function created by Google is available to website developers and I think this one really nailed it! Translate loads of text into or from 60+ languages. Its also easy to use and it offers a good widget for blogs that need sidebar translation. See how my website for Online Learning uses it.

John Pasden is a host of ChinesePod, the most successful podcast for learning Chinese,  and developed a pretty cool blog in 2002  called Sinosplice. He has loads of articles that are based on his life experiences in China and the learning of Chinese. I have been keeping up with his blog for some years now. It is great for those who are planning a trip to China and want to prepare for what to expect!

Without overloading you with too many resources, I would say that the above are a great start.

If you have any suggestions, please comment below!


    The simplified Chinese language originated as a result of the need to spread literacy in China. The original traditional form of the language is difficult to learn, and this difficulty was forming a barrier when it came to imparting education to the locals. Therefore, a simplified format was developed in order to aid the people in learning and thus spreading literacy in China.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the comment. Any suggestions for foreigners studying Chinese? (Even your favorite tool would be helpful) cheers!

    There’s a lot of buzz going around about opportunities on the Chinese internet. Website owners hear that China has far more internet users than any other country, they see reports of the Chinese economy surging forward even while other countries’ economies are lagging, and they hear the question “what is your China strategy?” asked over and over again

    “What about Cantonese?” I’m often asked. Cantonese is just one of many spoken Chinese dialects. It is spoken mostly by people from Canton province and Hong Kong. There was a large wave of Cantonese speaking emigrants over the past fifty years, so much so that many Western cities have a large population of Cantonese speakers, causing some Westerners to think that Cantonese is a lot more important than it is. In fact, Mandarin is the official language of China and most Cantonese speakers can understand Mandarin as well