Learning objects Cracking the code: Chinese character catalogue


Explore the structure of more than 2000 Chinese characters via an interactive library. Browse subject categories to find out how character components are combined to form different characters. Investigate relationships of form, sound and meaning between characters which use the same component. For example, notice that the character for 'autumn' is formed by components which mean 'grain' and 'fire'. Use interactive links to move from a radical in one character to a list of all characters using that radical. Search for specific characters via pinyin, number of strokes or meaning.

Educational details

Educational value
  • Contains structure, sound, meaning and word usage data for more than 2000 Chinese characters, including all characters on the senior syllabuses of New Zealand and of Australian states and territories.
  • Uses animations and interactive links to show how characters are constructed from basic components.
  • Encourages free exploration of character components and character structure.
  • Promotes correct pronunciation by including an audio file for each character.
  • Allows searching via stroke order, meaning and pinyin.
  • Provides a component index of 188 basic characters, arranged in categories according to meaning.
  • Provides examples of modern word usage for components which are part of modern Chinese.
  • Includes traditional and simplified variants for some Chinese characters.
  • Includes an option to print from character analysis pages.
Year level

4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12

Learning area
  • Languages
  • Languages other than english

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: CADRE Design
  • Organization: CADRE Design
  • Description: Technical implementer
  • Address: NSW, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.cadre.com.au/
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Person: Dr Andrew Scrimgeour
  • Description: Script writer
  • Person: Toni Chen
  • Description: Editor
  • Person: Dr Andrew Scrimgeour
  • Description: Subject matter expert
  • Publisher
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organization: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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Learning Resource Type
  • Interactive
  • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.