Language Resources

Chinese at the Language Lab

Questions? Contact the Chinese Language Resource Specialist, Liliana Santos-Vallejo, at!

Popular links

Fall 2017 drop-in tutoring schedule 
Chinese library research guide
Chinese department website

China-specific internet and social media resources


Baidu is the most popular search engine in China. Since many search engines commonly used in the United States aren't available in China, Baidu is a good choice for searching for and connecting to Chinese websites.

Baidu Baike

Baidu Baike is a collaborative encyclopedia run by Baidu, similar to Wikipedia. Because Wikipedia has been fully or partially blocked several times in China, Baidu Baike offers a more comprehensive Chinese-language wiki-style encyclopedia. However, Baidu Baike adheres more closely to Chinese government sanction standards.


Renren is a social networking site similar to facebook, which is also blocked in China. It requires an account to login.


Weibo is a social networking site similar to Twitter, which is blocked in China as well. It's possible to read some posts without an account, but users should create an account for full access.


Zhihu, meaning “Do you know?” in classical Chinese, is a question-and-answer site where critical thinking and debates are welcomed. People can ponder on a wide spectrum of topics ranging from foods, films to fitness. They can upvote an answer, comment on responses and follow other users on the merit of their content. With more than 100m monthly active users, Zhihu targets experts in different fields who are more willing to comment on contentious topics and provide authoritative insights. Questions raised on Zhihu can also generate news stories and create online sensations. Language learners will surely benefit from Zhihu by enhancing reading and writing skills or at least learning Chinese internet slang.

Community resources

Chinese is the fourth most commonly spoken first language in Portland, after English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. These resources support the Chinese community and language in Portland.

Oregon Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association

The Oregon Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association was established over 100 years ago to support the Chinese and Chinese American population of Portland. They offer language classes and cultural events. The CCBA offers tours of its small museum and building, constructed for the organization in 1911, by appointment.

Language Lab resources

Typing help for Chinese
Recommended online dictionaries
Language learning resources
Audiovisual resources
Online newspapers and blogs
Cultural resources

Resources compiled with help from Qingyang Xie and Zichen Cui.