Oriental languages sites


Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese. Language learning site featuring sections such as Days of the Week, Glossary of Bird names, Harry Potter in Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese. Also includes a description of the Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese writing systems and the Transliteration of Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese.

Digital Dictionaries of South Asia. Project to create and disseminate electronic dictionaries for each of the twenty-six modern literary languages of South Asia. At least one multilingual dictionary is being selected for each South Asian language; in the case of more frequently taught languages, a monolingual dictionary is also chosen. The dictionaries are available by means of standard file transfer protocol, or by compact disc. There is no charge for access via the Internet and the compact discs are available for the cost of duplication and mailing.

SEAsite. The site describes itself as "Interactive learning resources for SE Asian languages and cultures", and behind the modest home page lies a wealth of learning resources, including language lessons, dictionaries, grammars, and information on countries and cultures. The site is divided into autonomous sections on Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines (Tagalog), Vietnam, Myanmar (Burmese), and Laos. The site is maintained by the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Illinois, USA. Recommended.


BBC Mandarin Online. News stories and RealAudio broadcasts in Mandarin from the BBC World Service. Also available in Cantonese.

Centre for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. The CTCFL site, hosted at the University of Oxford, has a large number of annotated and categorised resources for learners of Chinese at all levels. They've recently developed an online elementary Chinese course, for which you need to apply for a login name and password.

Chinese Converter. An interesting page with many linguistic tools for Mandarin Chinese, some quite niche, eg 'Chinese characters to Cyrillic' and 'Periodic table lookup', some quite fun, eg 'Find your Chinese name' from your English one. There are also some PDF worksheet generators for teachers of Chinese, such as cloze and gapfill. A student could while away a good few hours playing with these tools.

The Chinese Outpost. Subtitled "Demystifying Chinese Since 1998" this site contains a wealth of resources on spoken and written Chinese, including a tutorial in Mandarin.

Learning Chinese Online. Links to online material for the learner of Chinese, including text and audio lessons and online dictionaries.

The People's Daily of China. Online version of the official Chinese daily paper. Site text in Chinese. There are also editions of the paper in English (US mirror), French, Spanish, Russian, and Arabic.

Zhongwen Zipu: Chinese Character Genealogy. An "etymological Chinese-English Dictionary".


Indonesian Academic Web Pages. Links to University websites in Indonesia.

Academic Internet resources on Indonesia. A searchable list of links to resources on Indonesia and Indonesian.

Indonesia Media Network. Official news and tourist info on Indonesia, in Bahasa and English.


Bridge to Japan. A large, categorised directory of Japan-related Internet resources, founded in 1995 (and thus as old as CALL@Hull!). Link text in both English and Japanese.

Eva Japanese-English dictionary. A simple search engine allowing you to look up English and Japanese terms.

Japanese at Liverpool John Moores University. Sight showing students activities, videos of students in Japan doing karaoke, provides news and job/interview advice from past students.

The Japan FAQ: know before you go. A guide to living and working in Japan maintained by Robert Murphy of Seinan University.

Japan Poem. A curious site which allows you to create your own multimedia electronic 'greetings cards' based around Japanese Imperial Court poetry. The poems are in Kanji, phonetic transcription, and English.

Japan Traveler. Web version of the English-language monthly about living and working in Japan. There's also a Classified Ads section on the website.

The Japan Web Guide. Links to WWW servers in Japan, sorted by category. Written in English.

Jeffrey's Japanese-English dictionary. You can search using English words and kanji characters, and there's also a database on kanji characters. There's a mirror site in Canada.

Jim Breen's Japanese Page at Monash University in Australia. Information on projects at Monash, and links to other Japanese-related sites.

JP Net: Japanese Language and Culture Network. A resource for Japanese language teachers and learners worldwide, including a useful section on displaying Japanese text in web browsers. Text in English.

Kanji Names Project. Japanese students explain the meanings behind the kanji characters of their names. There are also some links to Kanji-related sites.

Net Presence of Steve McCarty. The home page of a "Japanologist/EFL Professor" at Kagawa Junior College, which has some useful links to Japanese language projects.

Nihongo Centre London. A resource site for teachers of Japanese in the UK, including news, events diary, online forum, and job vacancies.

Tom Robb's page. Email projects of Japanese students learning English (in English and Japanese), publications by Prof. Robb, and a few links. Hosted by the Dept of English, Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan.

Web Resources for Teaching and Learning of Japanese Language. A large collection of links for teachers and learners of Japanese, sorted by category.


KoreanTutor.com. Online Korean language learning ranging from basic principles of the Korean alphabet (Hangeul) and sentence patterns to high-level dialogues. All educational content has been provided, and is continually added to, by Seoul National University's Korean Language Education Research Institute. Also offers additional fun and interesting methods to learn Korean, such as daily tips on Korean, Korean pop songs and Theatre. In English, Japanese (and soon in Chinese).

Language Purism in Korea. Paper by Mark S. Lovmo describing the history and scope of the efforts of language purism in both North and South Korea.


Sathmong. English/Hmong dictionaries, lesson plans, and links to other Hmong sites, including the WWW Hmong Homepage.

Vietnamese Language. Links to a range of Internet resources on Vietnam, its language, and culture.

Links on this page last checked: 09/05/02