Even if your Chinese reading isn’t yet fluent (and who is?) you can already figure out quite a lot from Chinese news websites by just reading the articles. You just need some serious dictionary assistance. And wouldn’t it be nice if those pesky simplified / traditional characters would switch around?
In the “olden” days of casual news reading a Chinese dictionary wasn’t going to be much help – unless you wanted to spend hour upon hour leafing through them in search of a particularly obscure character. These days web browser plugin’s can provide direct translations of each character by just pointing your mouse over them.
For Google Chrome there is the ZhongWen popup dictionary, and for Firefox there is the Pera Pera popup dictionary plugin. There are both based around the free CC-CEDICT Chinese English dictionary which contains over 100,000 entries.
It also does no longer matter if you are studying traditional or simplified characters (or both). By using the excellent New Tongwen Tang plugin you can change a website from traditional to simplified or the other way around. This makes a Chinese news website just as accessible as a Taiwanese one.
- Zhongwen - A Chinese popup dictionary
- New Tongwen Tang - A traditional to simplified and vice versa convertor