Chinese Notes

About the Project

The Fo Guang Shan Nan Tian Institute (NTI) Chinese Notes web site is a non-profit, open source project for use in learning Chinese, esepcially reading, and analyzing Chinese texts. Dislaimer: The Chinese Notes web site has no official affiliation with Nan Tian Institute and takes no responsibility for the accuracy of the content.

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The goals the project are

  1. Create an online dictionary that is easy to use for everybody interested in Chinese language, including casual readers, students, translators, and academics.
  2. Create electronic tools that are useful for lingustic analysis of literary Chinese texts, including identification of specialist historic terms.
  3. Share the source code and content with the general public. If you want to reuse source code or contribute source code or data then the GitHub project is built for you.

For more about the dictionary see the Help, Dictionary Design and Style Guide pages.

Sources, Reuse, and Development

This site and content is copyright of Nan Tien Institute, Australia. Assets may be copied, and re-used from the GitHub project at under the terms and conditions listed here.

The Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License (CCASE 3.0). applies to the content in the word and character dictionaries this site. The primary source for the word and character dictionaries is the CC-CEDICT Chinese - English dictionary, which also uses the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. That license applies to the content in the word dictionary this site as well, including the additional content in the dictionaries that does not derive from cc-cedict. Additional vocabulary was derived from the corpus of tests referred to on this web site and from consultation with the references listed in the References and Resources pages.

The source code for this site is site is licensed under the Apache 2.0 license.

The materials provided on this site are provided in a best of effort manner as a student contributed project. There is no guarantee that they site will work bug free. The information provided has not been reviewed by experts but, rather contributed as an open source effort. There is no official endorsement of the web site or information provided on it.