Language Index

Chinese LanguageThe Chinese language is perhaps China's greatest treasure. Continual usage over thousands of years has given it a unique richness and has enabled ancient traditions to be passed on through the generations in written form.
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Introduction Information about Chinese and help on starting to learn the Chinese language.
Basic Chinese Start learning the basics online.
Chinese tones Introducing the important tones for vowel sounds.
Proverbs Chinese literature is littered with proverbs and phrases taken from writers over the ages.
Poetry An introduction to the appreciation of Chinese Poetry.
Qu Yuan The father of Chinese Poetry.
Pinyin and Wade-Giles A reference guide to the schemes used for the phonetic spelling of Chinese characters
Modern Chinese One of the achievements of the P.R.C. was a thorough update of the written language and the introduction of pinyin.
Families The names of close family numbers and how Chinese people are given names
Women How women are represented in the language.
Religious Concepts A study of the derivation of Chinese characters used in a religious context.

Tang Confucius Analects
Tang dynasty hand-written copy of the Analects of Confucius with Glossary by Zheng Xuan. The earliest copy known dating from 710AD.

See Also

Chinese Chinese   A variety of topics including history, poems, idioms and calligraphy.
China the beautiful   Celebrates 5,000 years of Chinese culture with introduction to poetry, calligraphy, painting, chinese characters, literature, painting and philosophy. Some information in Chinese. Lots of cultural information and includes an English-Chinese online dictionary..
Chinese language and culture forum   Discuss topics of the day with a large online community worldwide. Wide selections of topics from language to politics..
Learning Chinese   A directory of useful resources for learning the Chinese language.
Learn Chinese with Clavis Sinica   Advanced computer program for learning the Chinese language.
Online Tutor   A host of links and pages covering learning Chinese online.
Chinese Language Tools   A set of pages about the Chinese langauage.
Learn Chinese at your own pace   Free online Chinese introductory course.
Sinophilia   Lots of general information about language, culture, art, religions and especially Daoism.
Chinese Characters   A thorough and authoritative source of information about Chinese writing.
China Today   Large amount of news about all aspects of life in China. [China]
Find a Chinese language teacher   Locate a teacher of the Chinese language conveniently close to you.

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