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YellowBridge Chinese-English Dictionary

This is an online bilingual Chinese/English dictionary with options to search for the English meaning of a word or phrase by pinyin, with or without indicating the tone number; by simplified or traditional characters, either entering pinyin or using a writing tool; or by character components, such as selecting from a list ...

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Visual Mandarin: left and right falling strokes

This is an online instructional video on how to write left and right falling strokes used in Chinese characters. The video is delivered by a presenter who speaks in Chinese with subtitles in characters and English at the bottom of the screen. The presenter demonstrates how to write each stroke and then practises using the ...

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Visual Mandarin: horizontal and vertical lines

This is an online instructional video on how to write horizontal and vertical strokes used in Chinese characters. The video is delivered by a presenter who speaks in Chinese with subtitles in characters and English at the bottom of the screen. The presenter demonstrates how to write each stroke and then practises using ...

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FanJian

This resource is an online tutorial program for learning traditional-simplified character equivalencies. The resource consists of two teaching units: simplification types and productivity, and one practice unit. Within each teaching unit there are many tutorials containing written explanations, character examples, video ...

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Sound and letter mysteries in the Magic Bag

Abracadabra and hocus-pocus! The Magic Bag has common blends and digraphs, including 'ch', 'all' and 'ink', as well as alphabetical order and commonly used words.

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Tricks with words in the Magic Bag

Investigate common phonemes, silent letters, homophones and words associated with time, such as 'before' and 'after'.

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Dragon temple: level 2 [Chinese]

Find your way through ancient temple grounds to a hidden treasure room. Solve word puzzles as you go. Identify components of Chinese characters and fit them together in the right order. Identify characters with similar components. Notice that characters are often formed from two or more basic characters. For example, the ...

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Samurai castle: Daimyo [Japanese]

Retrieve the precious treasures locked up in the Daimyo's castle. Solve kanji puzzles to elude the Samurai, explore the castle grounds and find the three Keys that unlock the treasure room of the castle. Identify kanji with similar components to pass unseen through guarded checkpoints. Recognise components of kanji and ...

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Samurai castle: Shogun [Japanese]

Retrieve the precious treasures locked up in the Shogun's castle. Solve kanji puzzles to elude the Samurai, explore the castle grounds and find the three Keys that unlock the treasure room of the castle. Identify kanji with similar components to pass unseen through guarded checkpoints. Recognise components of kanji and ...

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Radical hunt: island hunt [Japanese]

Search an island for clues to find a rare bird. Find kanji hidden near the things they represent. Notice the kanji are compound kanji that share a common radical. Discover the related meanings of each set of kanji. Identify the general pattern that the meaning of a radical will contribute to the meaning of a compound kanji. ...

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Radical hunt: holiday hunt [Japanese]

Take part in a holiday competition on your way to Paradise island. Find kanji hidden at the airport and on the island to win a mystery prize. Notice the kanji are compound kanji that share a common radical. Discover the related meanings of each set of kanji. Identify the general pattern that the meaning of a radical will ...

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Code breaker [Chinese]

Sort well-formed Chinese characters from poorly formed characters. Look for characters that are well-proportioned within a square and have suitable stroke length, angle and size. Use a code-breaking machine to fix poorly formed characters. Adjust the position and proportion of character components. Discover the meanings ...

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Quiz show: wheel of discovery: level 2 [Chinese] [Windows version]

Solve word puzzles in a quiz show. Spin two wheels to make a compound word using two characters. Score points by identifying the meaning of the compound word. Use the meanings of the individual characters to work out the meaning of the compound word. Solve the meaning of enough compound words to win a prize. Review all ...

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Kanji wheel of discovery 2

Solve word puzzles in a quiz show. Choose a key kanji such as 同, 学 or 明. Then spin the wheel to make new compound words using your key kanji. Use the meanings of the individual kanji to work out the meaning of each compound word and score points. Solve the meaning of enough compound words to win a prize. Review all the ...

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Trailblazer: level 1 [Chinese]

Follow a trail through underground tunnels to discover hidden treasure. Unlock a series of doors by solving compound word puzzles. Identify the meaning of Chinese compound words. Use sound and meaning hints to help. For example, identify the meaning of the Chinese compound word for 'motivation' given the meanings of the ...

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Trailblazer: level 2 [Chinese]

Follow a trail through underground tunnels to discover hidden treasure. Unlock a series of doors by solving compound word puzzles. Identify the correct Chinese compound word given an English meaning. Use sound and meaning hints to help. For example, identify the combination of two components 'old' and 'hand' that make up ...

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Trailblazer: level 3 [Chinese]

Follow a trail through underground tunnels to discover hidden treasure. Unlock a series of doors by solving compound word puzzles. Identify the missing character in a compound word given its meaning. Use sound and meaning hints to help. For example, identify that the Chinese character 'pool' combines with a given first ...

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Trailblazer: kyuukou [Japanese]

Solve nine kanji puzzles as you race through the city to win the set of nine codes and free your friends who have been captured by the enemy. Spot the connections between kanji, create new Japanese compound words, deduce the meaning of unknown compound words. For example, correctly identify the meaning of the Japanese compound ...

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Trailblazer: tokkyuu [Japanese]

Solve twelve kanji puzzles as you race through the city to win twelve codes and free your friends who have been captured by the enemy. Spot the connections between kanji, create new Japanese compound words, deduce the meaning of unknown compound words. For example, correctly identify the meaning of the Japanese compound ...

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Dragon temple: level 1 [Chinese]

Find your way through ancient temple grounds to a hidden treasure room. Solve word puzzles as you go. Identify components of Chinese characters and fit them together in the right order. Identify characters with similar components. Notice that characters are often formed from two or more basic characters. For example, the ...