The easiest way to obtain Chinese text files to read using Clavis Sinica
is to copy them from the Internet. There are a vast number of web sites
devoted to Chinese literature, culture, and current events where you can
find Chinese text files. Once you find an interesting site, you can simply
Copy and Paste a selection of Chinese text directly from the website into
the Clavis Sinica text reader window. If you like, you can also download
entire Chinese text files from the web and then open them using Clavis
Sinica. Either way, the software enables you to read any Chinese text
that you find on the Web with minimal use of a print dictionary. This
list provides just a small sampling of what is currently available:
- China News Digest
- Full text of current and past issues of the popular Hua Xia Wen Zhai
Chinese news magazine.
Classics - Full gb texts of a variety of Chinese classical texts
in philosophy, poetry, biography, and fiction.
Netnews and E-magazine Sites - Links to online Chinese periodicals
maintained by Marjorie Chan
Reading World - An impressive collection of 65 short texts for students
at the beginning and intermediate levels. The beginning level texts
are suitable for students who have learned 300-500 characters, while
the intermediate level texts are for students who have learned 500-1000
characters. Audio recordings are provided for each text, so you can
practice listening as well as reading comprehension.
Text Initiative - A constantly growing archive of Chinese literature
texts sponsored by the University of Virginia. Also includes a helpful
tutorial on reading Chinese text on the web.
Text Sampler - A collection of 75 carefully selected, culturally
important texts including modern and classical Chinese literature, film
scripts, popular songs, historical documents, children's stories, and
lists of commonly used proverbs and idioms. A brief English introduction
is provided for each text, and each text is graded according to its
relative difficulty. All of the texts on this site can be easily downloaded
for use with Clavis Sinica.
to Read Chinese on the Net - A brief, straightforward explanation
of how you can view Chinese characters on the web using your Netscape
or Internet Explorer browser.
- Lu Xun
Homepage - Full texts and critical analyses of the best-known modern
Chinese writer's works.
- Sina.com.cn - A full-featured, general-interest
Chinese internet portal for accessing up-to-date news, sports, discussion
forums and chat, all in simplified Chinese characters.
of Chinese Language Text Files
- Links to a variety of news and literature documents.
- Voice of America - World
news in Chinese simplified characters.
The following Chinese software tools are recommended as useful companions
to Clavis Sinica:
- Chinese Character Test - A free,
web-based testing tool that allows you to determine how many Chinese
characters you actually know. The test items are based on the Clavis
Sinica dictionary, so you can use the test to measure the progress you've
made building your reading skills using Clavis Sinica.
- Chinese Flashcards - A free Java applet that
enables you to drill yourself on your knowledge of the 800 most frequently
used characters and the 189 radicals.
Radical Exam - A well-designed tutorial program that offers a variety
of flashcard and mini-quiz exercises to help you memorize the forms,
names, and meanings of the 150 most commonly used Chinese radicals.
- NJStar Chinese Word Processor
- A full-featured but user-friendly Chinese word processor. You can
use NJStar to create or modify Chinese text files for use with Clavis
Ching Chinese OCR - A Chinese optical character recognition program
that enables you to scan in any printed Chinese text and convert the
resulting image file to a Chinese text file, which then can be read
using Clavis Sinica. The combination of OCR software and Clavis Sinica
allows you to read any Chinese printed document, including textbook
readings, newspapers, magazines, fiction, scholarly articles,etc.
- On-Line Chinese
Tools - A comprehensive set of resources maintained by Erik Peterson
on Chinese language and culture, including a variety of software tools
for learning and using Chinese as well as Chinese reference sources
and useful information on Chinese computing.
- Learn Chinese Online - Learn Chinese online with iChineseLearning, a leading online Chinese school for learning mandarin Chinese featuring one-on-one lessons with live teachers.
- Free Chinese Audio Lessons - Learn Chinese characters and expressions through fun audio lessons.
Chinese Language: Myths and Facts - A brief, very informative essay
by Professor Timothy Light that sets out to correct a number of widely
help misconceptions about the Chinese language. Topics include Chinese
language groups, the origins and nature of the Chinese writing system,
the structure of Chinese characters, Chinese romanization systems, and
the relationship between Chinese language and thought.
Outpost: Demystifying the Chinese Language - This site, created
by Mark Baker, provides an informative introduction to the principles
behind Mandarin Chinese. It includes detailed, well-written sections
Chinese character structure, pronunciation, and grammar. Anyone starting
out with Chinese will find this site a very helpful overview of the
language and how it is put together.
- The Language Gulper - The entry on the Chinese language in this new site provides a comprehensive overview of the linguistic features and history of spoken and written Chinese, along with a helpful annotated checklist of major literary works.
Chan's China Links- Annotated links to over six hundred China and
Chinese language and linguistics-related websites, including sources
of Chinese texts, information on Chinese computing, and various Chinese
language learning tools.
- Learn Chinese Online
- Learn Chinese online at eChineseLearning.com, a premier online Chinese language school. Students can learn Chinese online via Skype through 1-on-1 lessons with best Chinese teachers. Take a FREE trial lesson to learn Chinese now!
- Mandarin Chinese Tutoring and Translation
- This new website by sinologist and Mandarin Chinese language expert Steven Poling offers tutoring services, an attractive collection of Chinese calligraphy, as well as works of poetry and philosophy with original translations.
- Chinese Language Courses
- Customized Chinese language courses and communication training for business,
government, and other organizations at locations across the globe.
- China the Beautiful
- A comprehensive and very popular site featuring a wealth of resources on
Classical Chinese Art, Calligraphy, Poetry, History, Literature, Painting and Philosophy
- China Online
- Maintained by Jun Shan, this site is an exhaustive resource featuring
articles and links on dozens of topics having to do with Chinese culture,
from arts and architecture to women and Zhong Kui. Includes very useful
sections on Chinese language, literature, religion & philosophy,
and news media.
- Chinese Language
and Culture Forums - A moderated chat and discussion forum for English
speakers living, or thinking about living in Beijing or who just have
an interest in Chinese language or culture. Postings are grouped under
fourteen headings, including Reading and Writing Chinese, Textbooks
and Resources, Universities and Schools, Chinese Chat, Chinese Music,
Chinese History, and Chinese News and Current Events.
- China Books and
Periodicals - Terrific source for a wide variety of Chinese language
dictionaries, literary works, and study materials, as well as books
on Chinese medicine and travel and children's stories.
- The China Beat: Blogging How the
East is Read - Lively, informed discussion of media coverage of China from a variety
Other China-Related Links
- Volunteers in Asia - VIA is a US-based nonprofit organization offering
practical, on-the-ground experience in Asia for Americans. For college graduates and others who seek practical work experience in Asia, VIA places volunteers with partner NGOs, schools and universities in China and other countries. VIA programs promote cross-cultural understanding, build partnerships, and offer transformative experiences for participants and the communities they serve.
Lost Laowai China Expat Community - The no-nonsense China expat and traveller community.
Everything you need to know about travelling to China;
living, teaching and working in China; and learning Chinese.
China Orbit - A comprehensive website on modern China, featuring sections on travel, culture,
economy, the Olympics, and study abroad, as well as interviews and news summaries.
China Tour Select
- Travel agency offering customized tours throughout China for
individuals, families, and groups.
- Walk Beijing - Informative walking tours of Beijing and
surrounding areas featuring historical and natural highlights.
123 Greetings - Free Chinese New Years e-cards.
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