Language Resources

Specialized Vocabulary and Dictionaries

The Academic Word List

Victoria University of Wellington School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies hosts The Academic Word List, a list of words commonly used in spoken and written academic English divided according to family.

Chinese-English dictionary of scientific terminology

This dictionary was created especially for secondary science classes and may not contain the more specialized terminology used in upper-level science classes. You can restrict definitions by field (biology, chemistry, or physics), and the dictionary is available in both Chinese-English and English-Chinese.

Specialized Chinese-English Glossaries

This blog by a professional translator and native English speaker in China features glossaries of specialized terminology from law to science. The glossaries contain common phrases in specific categories, such as diseases and disorders, and are a useful place to start when learning specialized terms.

Medicine and Life Science Dictionary app

This paid app, available only for iOS, is a specialized Chinese-English dictionary of medical terminology useful for students in life sciences classes at Reed. The same developer also offers a Chinese-English computer science dictionary. The cost for each app is currently $7.