Welcome to Read Chinese!

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, these Read Chinese! materials were developed to provide online e-learning reading lessons aimed at beginning and intermediate students of the language.

The materials respond to a rapidly growing interest in Chinese language study among American secondary school students. Using a variety of topics selected to interest high school students, the materials also reflect the national standards established for Chinese by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, as well as the latest principles in online instructional design. The materials may be easily used by individual learners studying on their own or by teachers assigning them for individual or group study.

Each lesson is available in both the Simplified characters used now in the People's Republic of China and in the Traditional "Full-Form" characters that are still used in Taiwan, in Singapore, and many overseas Chinese communities.

To get started you should:

  • Check that your computer meets the system requirements for our software.
  • Directly access novice, intermediate and cultural materials in Simplified Chinese characters.
  • Directly access novice, intermediate and cultural materials in Traditional (Full Form) Chinese characters.