College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Chinese Language Resources

Introduction to the Chinese Language

This short video is a basic introduction to Chinese from KU Associate Professor Yan Li.

Learn Chinese Slang
This is one of a long series of short instructional videos on the website Each video tackles one fun Chinese expression. The creator, Jessica Beinecke, has another popular series of videos teaching English slang to Chinese speakers. Go to the website or YouTube channel for more videos.




Introduction to Chinese Characters
This is a short series about learning Chinese Characters from ABCs of Chinese. Find the full series on their YouTube Channel.


We also have a page of Resources for Learning Chinese Numbers.


Statement from Director

Dear CEAS Community,

I hope you and your families are all well. As you know the university has announced the closures of most if not all events for the Spring semester. Therefore, CEAS will also suspend all events for the rest of the semester.  This includes the Silk Road Symposium, the North Korea Inside Out conference, the Kite Festival as well as Tea and Talks and invited speakers. We will reschedule these events for Fall 2020.

The most important thing is the health and well being of the university and Lawrence community. This is a challenging time, but we will get through this and CEAS events will continue in Fall. You can follow CEAS information and schedule changes on CEAS web page and social media. 

Take Care,

John Kennedy

Director of the Center for East Asian Studies

East Asia Events

All Spring 2020 events have been cancelled or reschuled for Fall 2020 due to the Coronavirus outbreak. 

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Apply for FLAS Scholarships!

FLAS Fellowships are available through CEAS for the study of Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Tibetan, and Uyghur. Learn more at Deadline for application is February 15. Find more information here.

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