Useful Links

Websites for learning Chinese, and for finding information about Chinese history and cultural aspects. Teachers and students of Chinese will find these websites (in English or Chinese) useful and interesting to browse.


Teaching and Learning Resources

BBC - Real Chinese
A lively introduction to Mandarin Chinese in 10 short parts. Click on the topics in order to see the slideshow and hear the language. You'll also find useful phrases with tips on pronunciation and grammar, cultural notes and a short challenge to check what you've learnt.

成语 All the questions you want to ask about ‘Idiom’ "A large collection of idioms with explanation."

China Sprout
" contains the complete text of Amazon's best selling, best reviewed Chinese-English dictionary."

CKC Chinese Input System –An alternative Chinese Input Method for both Simplified and Traditional scripts!
Coded with numbers, CKC is an easy-to-use Chinese Input System as users are only required to learn a few rules before using it. With its short learning curve which significantly increases efficiency, CKC has soon became popular after launching in China five years ago.
Please click here for free download

Games for language learning, in simplified and traditional scripts, including
別字擂台 - "透過「別字擂台」,希望大家能寓學習於遊戲,找出常犯的錯別字。"
字句查尋 - "透过「别字擂台」,希望大家能寓学习于游戏,找出常犯的错别字。"

Learn Cantonese
"This site contains over 200 pages of print friendly Chinese reference sheets, tests and revision aids. It is aimed to help you speak, read and write Hong Kong Chinese."

Learning Chinese On-line
"This page helps you to learn Chinese. No matter where you are"

On-line Chinese Tools
"These pages hope to provide tools to assist people in learning and using the beautiful Chinese language. From the novice Chinese language student to the advanced programmer."

Specialist Schools Trust Chinese Network
"This site provides a 'virtual staffroom' for Mandarin teachers and encourages the exchange of ideas, expertise and news, as well as materials and resources."


Chinese Language and Culture

Chinese New Year, customs and legend - by the HK education department

Lunar New Year is the most important Chinese festival. Its stories and customs are colorful and diverse; However, with the social changes, a lot of Chinese stories and customs are no longer widely prevailed. This program introduces the New Year stories and customs still circulating today, and allow the children to understand the significance of these stories and customs, and a better understanding of Chinese culture. The programs include:

  1. The story of New Year monster
  2. New Year's customs: spring cleaning, sell lazy, paste lucky character, couplets and window grilles, eat a festive dinner together with the whole family, stay up to welcome the New Year, give lucky money, buy the spring flowers, and Happy New Year greeting
  3. Chinese New Year food: rice cakes, fried peanut dumplings and doughballs, and steamed dumplings
  4. New Year activities: lion dance, float parade, fireworks display

China the Beautiful
"Classical Chinese Art, Calligraphy, Poetry, History, Literature, Painting and Philosophy"

Chinese New Year - Games and Crafts
Activity Village – with art and craft activities for primary-aged children.

China Online FAQ
"This site is a collection of Chinese characters in GIF format."  Also contains other information about Chinese language and culture.

DimSum – The British Chinese community website is the site for the Chinese diaspora.

Languages of China –  "The Chinese languages are the languages of the Han people, the major ethnic group of China, including both the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China."

Learning Chinese
"The China Internet Information Center offers broad access to up-to-date news about China, with searchable texts of government position papers and a wealth of basic information about Chinese history, politics, economics and culture."  Also has language learning resources.

RTHK Radio and Television Hong Kong
"A leading public broadcaster in the new media environment" – in Simplified, Traditional Chinese and English.

Royal Academy of Arts
For a list of resources and information related to Chinese Arts at the Royal Academy, click on

The Chinese Outpost
"The Chinese Outpost's "Introduction to Mandarin Chinese" tutorial aims to give you a broad foundational grasp of the principles behind Mandarin Chinese, without going into the granular details you might find in introductory linguistics courses, or that might show up on pop quizzes ." Also has language learning resources.

China Town Online
Information and resources about Chinese New Year.


Institutions and Organisations supporting Chinese complementary schools


中國文化研究院 - The Academy of Chinese Studies

Goldsmith College - supporting multilingual learning

CILT Primary Languages website – the national gateway to advice, information and support for primary languages, with specific section on community languages

The National Centre for Languages
CILT, the National Centre for Languages, part of CfBT Education Trust, with specific information on community languages:

The National Resource Centre for Supplementary Schools -
The NRC is a support network for supplementary schools



Asset Languages
Asset Languages is the assessment scheme for the Languages Ladder. This national accreditation scheme accredits 25 different languages including Cantonese and Mandarin.

GCSE Chinese -
GCE Chinese -
IGCSE Chinese -

GCSE Chinese (Mandarin) -
Entry Level Certificate (Mandarin) -

IB Chinese  - some background information on the International Baccalaureate in Mandarin Chinese


Other useful links

The Chinese Staffroom
The Chinese Staffroom is for teachers of Mandarin Chinese and China to children and young people. “Supporting, advising and innovating, we offer free advice to anyone interested in teaching Chinese in their school or teaching about China in their school.”

Association for Language Learning
UK’s subject association for teachers of foreign languages

BBC News in Chinese


Suppliers of Chinese books (Heath’s Chinese Bookshop)  (