20 Useful tools to learn Chinese

An Introduction to Chinese Language

Chinese language has a rich history dates back to 1122 BCE. Today over 1 billion people speak Chinese worldwide Distinguished by its high level of internal diversity. Includes 12 distinct dialects.

20 Online Tools to Learn Chinese Easily
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Chinese Flashcards Pinyin to Files Webpage Annotator Chinese Text Annotator Chinese Romanization Converter Draw Chinese Characters Chinese Characters Dictionary Pinyin Dictionary Chinese Encoding converter Western Chinese Calendar Converter Chinese Numbers tool

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Chinese Measurement tool Chinese Synonyms Thesaurus Online Chinese Abacus Chinese Name tool Currency Converter tool Chinese practice Sheet generator Chinese Calligraphy tool Chinese Text to Speech Chinese Family Titles

Chinese Flashcards

Chinese flashcards are available in form of free Java Applet

How to use  Select from the set of simplified or traditional cards  Select at random from the characters presented in the deck  Select the correct Pinyin and English definition  If selection is correct card is removed from the deck Reference


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Pinyin To Files
What is Chinese Pinyin?

Pinyin or formally Hanyu Pinyin is the official system to transcript Chinese language to Latin script.

How to add Pinyin to text files  With this tool you can view text files, in Chinese  Whenever you hover mouse over a Chinese character in the file, an English definition will appear Reference


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Webpage Annotator

Chinese text can be read by adding Pinyin to Chinese WebPages

How to use  Type a Chinese web page address in the input field  Click on “Annotate” button  Displays Pinyin annotation of the webpage

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http://mandarinspot.com/annotate http://mandarin.about.com/od/reviews/fr/web_page_ann otator.htm

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Chinese Text Annotator

Chinese text annotation tool is available to assist you reading Chinese text.

How to use  Enter Chinese Text into the text box  Choose the style of conversion  Click convert  Chinese is converted to Chinese Pinyin Reference


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Chinese Romanization Converter

Over the years Romanization of Chinese have been devised to represent Chinese Characters Phonetically.

How to use  Enter some Chinese phrases  Select Simplified or Traditional Chinese  Click the button “ Get Pinyin Romanized” References
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanization_of_Chinese http://www.kawa.net/works/ajax/romanize/chinese-e.html

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Draw Chinese Characters

This tool allows you to enter Chinese characters by writing it on screen with the mouse curser.

How to use  As you draw Chinese characters will appear.  Once you see the correct character offered as a choice. Click on it  It will be entered into the search box for the online dictionary Reference


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Chinese Characters Dictionary

When you learn Chinese you may need to refer to a online Chinese character dictionary.

How to use  Insert a English character  Select option “Simplified Chinese” or Traditional Chinese”  Click Search  Result is displayed in Chinese References
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http://www.yellowbridge.com/chinese/character-dictionary.php http://www.mandarintools.com/chardict.html

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Pinyin Dictionary

An Online Chinese Pinyin dictionary displays pinyin for the English word searched

How to use  Insert a word in Chinese or English  Click on go  Pinyin form is displayed References

http://hktv.cc/cd/hanyupinyin/?q=flowers&srch=go http://www.mdbg.net/chindict/chindict.php?page=worddict&wdr st=0&wdqb=hello

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Chinese Encoding Converter

Chinese Encoding Converter converts Chinese text from it’s Unicode version to the character version. The tool automatically detects the encoding of the source directory files

How to use  Enter the text or file to the source  This will be converted to target encoding References
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_character_encoding http://www.chinese-tools.com/tools/converter-unicode.html

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Western Chinese Calendar Converter

Western Chinese Calendar Converter converts English month and year to Chinese month and year

How to use  Enter Month, Year  Click “OK”  Displays Chinese Calendar for the given month and year

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http://www.ehow.com/how_8670970_convert-western-calendarchinese-calendar.html http://www.chinesetools.eu/tools/chinesecalendar/

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Chinese Numbers Tool

Chinese equivalent for English numbers can be found using this tool

How to use  Simply enter English numbers and get the Chinese equivalent symbol for it References
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http://www.mandarintools.com/numbers.html http://www.omniglot.com/language/numbers/chinese.htm

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Chinese Measurement tool

These tools convert English measurements to Chinese measurements

How to use  Enter the value  Choose from Units  Click on “Convert” References

http://www.chinesetools.eu/tools/unit-converter/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_units_of_measurement

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Chinese Synonyms Thesaurus

This tool allows to search for Chinese Synonyms and Antonyms

How to use  Enter a Chinese expression in the given field  Click on “OK”  Synonyms and Antonyms are displayed Reference


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Online Chinese Abacus

The Chinese abacus is an instrument used for calculating numbers. Online Chinese Abacus is a tool to calculate Chinese numbers online

How to use  Enter a number in the in the given field  Click the update button  To reset the abacus to “0”click “Reset”

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http://www.ehow.com/how_7722833_use-chinese-abacus-online.html http://www.alcula.com/suanpan.php

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Chinese Name Tool

Chinese name tool translates your name in Chinese

How to use  Enter your name in the field provided  Click “Get my name”  It writes your name in Chinese characters with pronunciation, calligraphy and meaning



Currency Converter Tool

The Chinese Yuan is the currency in China (CN, CHN). The Chinese Yuan is also known as Yuan, RMB, and Renminbi.

How to use  Select the currency  Click on “Convert”  Currency converter converts currency exchange rates.

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http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/moneyconverter.ht m http://www.xe.com/currency/cny-chinese-yuan-renminbi

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Chinese Practice Sheets generator

This tool generates Chinese practice sheets to learn and practice Chinese

How to use  Enter Characters  Enter number of boxes  Click “ Get practice sheet” Reference


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Chinese Calligraphy Tool

Using this tool you can create your own Chinese calligraphy

How to use  Enter the Chinese Character, word, sentence  Select size, orientation, direction  Click on “Calligraphy” Reference


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Chinese Text to Speech

This tool translates a simplified Chinese text to audio speech to listen pronunciation

How to use  Enter the text in the box  Click “Speech in Chinese” Reference


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Chinese Family Titles
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Chinese family titles are divided by generation and gender. This tool helps to find Chinese relationship terms.

How to use  Enter the options in the tool  Click on “Get Chinese Title” Reference


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