English Translations for Chinese words

How do I access English translations for the Chinese we are learning? Is there a vocabulary of words somewhere?

January 19, 2018


The Chinese course does not have a Words tab; you could search the forum to see if anyone has compiled a vocabulary list yet. However, since Chinese is highly contextual, it's better to just learn how words are used in sentences rather than trying to map them to English equivalents, as 1. there is often no one-size-fits-all equivalent, and 2. you will learn more slowly and less accurately that way.

Also, the Duolingo Chinese course is not very efficient for learning Chinese by itself; you might want to consider combining it with a textbook for best results (especially since there are still so many errors to be sorted out).

January 19, 2018

Can you recommend a beginners text book?

January 20, 2018

A lot would depend on what is available where you are and what your native language is. Generally speaking, Beijing Language and Culture University Press makes some of the best learning materials; I would recommend their New Practical Chinese Reader for beginners, as it's well formulated and has accompanying workbooks and audios of the dialogues. You may want to invest in a good dictionary as well for looking up words and pronunciations.

January 20, 2018

Thank you so much... will definitely see If I can track this down... limited Chinese text books available where I am in Australia!

January 21, 2018

Someone just posted this Chome extension for the Duolingo Chinese word list:

January 23, 2018

Missing word page difficulty – possible temp fix:

User testmoogle discusses a similar problem in “Where is the 'Words' tab on Japanese?” (

If studying more than two languages (including one with a working words page ex. Spanish), you can induce a word page in Chinese.

For example using Spanish to produce Chinese word tab help:

Step 1. Switch to Spanish course. Step 2. Click "Discussion". Step 3. Duplicate tab. (So you now have two tabs on Spanish course viewing the Discussion page.) Step 4. Current tab: Switch to Chinese. (Can close this tab once it loads.) Step 5. Other tab: Click "Words".

January 20, 2018

Tried this for Chinese but cannot get it to work!

January 21, 2018

So you tried with German using the website? Should work with German and Chinese using the Duolingo website.

Step 1. Switch to German course. Step 2. Click "Discussion". Step 3. Duplicate tab. (So you now have two tabs on German course viewing the Discussion page.) Step 4. Current tab: Switch to Chinese. (Can close this tab once it loads.) Step 5. Other tab: Click "Words".

On the website, I added German and Chinese (using a test account) and was able to use this method.

January 21, 2018

I seem to lose this when I switch to Chinese at Step 4. How are you switching languages is it from the Discussion page? If I do this from the Duolingo menu bar at the top of the screen it simply reloads the 'old' original version of the Chinese. If I do this from the Discussion page I can see the Chinese discussions but if I then click on Words I am seeing Spanish Words list. Step 5: What Other tab.

January 28, 2018
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