Classic Mobile Site
Classic Traditional Site
is a premier Chinese learning system crafted by Chinese teachers in the United States for Mandarin Chinese language learners at K-12 schools and universities. Designed from the start specifically for English speakers who have no or little knowledge of Mandarin Chinese, it offers a rich set of features with a slick and easy-to-use user interface.
The features of the system are distilled from the user feedback and feature requests from the Chinese learning community. We also consult with Chinese teaching professionals, from preschools to universities, to incorporate their suggestions and ideas. Arch Chinese has become one of the most popular Chinese learning systems in the United States and other English-speaking countries. Our ultimate goal is to provide a unique, high-quality learning system to help Chinese language learners from around the world to study Mandarin Chinese in a practical, effective and enjoyable manner.
Key features include:
Animate stroke order
the Chinese characters defined in the national standard character set of mainland China and
7,000 frequently-used characters
in the traditional Chinese character set, which is used in Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Unlike other web sites, we provide
high quality, native-speaker recordings for every character, every stroke of the characters, every word (character compound) and every example sentence
in the system!. We strongly believe, for language learning, the learners should listen to authentic, real-persons' voices, not machine-generated or synthetic voices.
Generate character writing worksheets with stroke sequences, radicals, English definitions and Pinyin
in PDF format for offline handwriting practice. With one mouse click, you can generate beautiful worksheets for more than 100 characters at a time instantly. The worksheets are highly customizable. You can provide your own definitions in French, Spanish, German, or whatever language you prefer. It is great for Chinese language teachers and parents to create
Mandarin teaching and learning materials
Create and print hardcopy
Chinese character flashcards
Chinese vocabulary flashcards
page on perforated business card paper for offline study. Alternatively, you can use
Printable Chinese Flashcard Maker
to create customized paper flashcards. They are perfect for teachers and parents to create learning materials for young learners.
One of the fastest, powerful and complete Chinese character, word and idiom dictionaries. Our uniquely-designed
Chinese-English and English-Chinese two-way dictionary
provides a variety of ways to look up Chinese characters, words and idioms. You can search by
(Pinyin without tones),
Pinyin with tone numbers
Pinyin with tone marks
Chinese Pinyin Table
Cantonese Jyutping pronunciation
Chinese character radicals
English sentences, English sentence fragments
Chinese sentence fragments
. Furthermore, you can
mix English, Chinese character or phrase and Pinyin
in your search queries. For the part you are not sure, you can even simply
use a wildcard in your search query
. Search results are ordered by usage frequency and complexity.
Character formation and etymology information for all the Chinese characters. For a pictophonetic character, the system indicates which component provides the sound and which component suggests the meaning.
parts of speech
information for all Chinese characters and example words in our Chinese English dictionary. The user can sort the example words by Pinyin, usage frequency and character count.
Online Chinese Measure Word Dictionary
lists the measure words for each and every applicable noun words and characters. A user can look up the right measure word for any given noun or the nouns associated with any given measure word.
Chinese word worksheets with character stroke sequences
Offer high quality, carefully-designed example sentences that demonstrate the typical sentence patterns and the usage of common characters and words. Unlike any other dictionary, our example sentences are created, one by one, by our bi-lingual Mandarin Chinese teachers, not generated by machines!
Learn Chinese characters and words by writing them with your finger on your iPad, iPhone
or any other smart phones and tablets.
Chinese word or sentence scrambles
for use in the classroom or at home. This tool can intelligently detect the words in the sentences and generate the scrambles without breaking the words.
custom themed Chinese writing paper
for seasonal activities or Chinese lesson related theme using
Themed Chinese Writing Paper Creator
Read it, Trace it and Paste it worksheet maker
for young Chinese learners to learn common Chinese characters and Chinese sentence structure.
Chinese character coloring sheets
for young learners.
nameplate-like big flashcards
for young learners
Pronounce the stroke names of the Chinese characters during the stroke order animations. Click the animated Chinese character or the
button below the animated Chinese character to hear the native-speaker pronunciation of the strokes of the character.
Download example sentence MP3 audio files to listen to them on your portable MP3 player or phone.
Grab Chinese characters, common words and phrases from the Chinese English dictionary to generate worksheets, Bingo cards and nicely formatted paper flashcards for offline study.
Export your vocabulary lists to Excel or CSV files so you are not tied to our system.
Mandarin Chinese Tone Drill
tool to practice and test your knowledge of Mandarin Chinese Pinyin and tones. Furthermore, the
Chinese Tool Drill (mobile version)
can help you learn and practice not only the basic tones of Mandarin, but also Mandarin tone changes (also known as tone sandhi).
character decomposition explorer
allows you to drill down into the character components one layer at a time. It helps you understand what components a character is made up from and how characters are related to each other
With the innovative
Chinese Word Worksheet Generator
, you can quickly make customized
Mandarin Chinese words or sentence worksheets
for your classes or children.
Chinese Word Detail View
allows the users to view not just the breakdown of the word and the example sentences, but also same head character words, same tail character words and the words with similar pronunciations. The similar pronunciation words include the words with same syllables but different tones, such as xiao3 xue2(
, elementary school), xiao3 xue3(
, light snow). Further, depending on how many similar pronunciation words available, the system intelligently identify a list of words to help users to differentiate confusing pronunciations (such as zh- vs. z-, ch- vs. c-, sh- vs. s-, -ong vs. -on, -eng vs. en and -ing vs. in). The last is the unique
Words of Interest
, which lists all the similiar meaning or related words available in the system.
To support and reinforce Chinese lessons, you can quickly
generate custom Bingo cards and randomized call sheets
with your own Chinese characters and words. Children young and old alike can learn Chinese characters and words by playing Bingo games!
quizzes with our unique
Chinese Quiz Maker
Create Chinese word or Pinyin search puzzles using your own Chinese words or Pinyin for young learners with our newly-added
Chinese Word Search Puzzle Generator
. Besides Chinese words and Pinyin, you can use this tool to generate word search puzzles to learn vocabulary of any other languages.
Printable Dice Maker
to create printable paper dices with Chinese characters or words and Pinyin or Bopomofo. The Chinese cubes and paper dices are perfect for classroom use.
Export character stroke sequences to
JPEG or PNG images
Our Chinese English dictionary includes Cantonese Jyutping pronunciation, character input method codes of popular Chinese character input methods, and character encoding codes of commonly used character encoding methods
Similar to the YouTube videos, the
Character Animation Creator
allows you to
create embeddable and interactive character animations
quickly. You can integrate the animations into your school or personal web pages.
A simple and easy-to-use
Chinese flashcard program
to help you learn Chinese characters and words efficiently and effectively. You can use the pre-defined flashcards or create your own. With one click, you can generate word worksheets and neat paper flashcards.
Both Pinyin and
are supported on the screen and on
the generated worksheets
, flashcards and Bingo cards.
Standard Mandarin Chinese Pinyin Table
, the complete listing of all Pinyin syllables used in standard Mandarin, including possible tone variations and their pronunciations. Users can view all the Chinese characters (along with English definitions) that have identical pronunciation but different meanings.
Chinese Radical Table
to help users look up a character easily. The table lists all the radicals for the simplified Chinese characters with English tool tips. You can click a radical to view the
characters with the radical
. For some common radicals, such as 扌 and 木, there may be hundreds of characters with the radical. The system allows you to perform two-level sorting, first level by stroke count, usage frequency or Pinyin (alphabetically), and second level by stroke count.
Convert pinyin with tone number notation to pinyin with tone marks
Convert pinyin to
(also known as
Complete listings of all the basic strokes
used in the modern Chinese characters.
Character Stroke Order Basic Rules
Type Chinese Online
on your PC or tablets without installing a Chinese Input Method Editor (IME).
Animate a character
stroke by stroke, one character at a time or continuously animates all the characters you have imported or studied.
Run on all major platforms (Windows, Mac OS X and Linux) and Android-based tablets.
Display radicals, components, measure words, character usage frequencies,
information, English translations, stroke counts, Pinyin and the corresponding traditional characters (if any)
Native-speaker pronunciations for characters, words and Pinyin syllables (including all the initials and finals).
Look up and grab the vocabulary lists created by fellow Chinese teachers or learners.
Fast and easy-to-use user interface
Keep track of characters you have studied
Many Chinese language learners and teaching professionals have found this system useful and effective. Read what some of our users and teaching professionals have said about us on the
page. As one user said, this system literally serves as a free 24-hour-a-day tutor.
learn Chinese characters
with this 24-hour-a-day Chinese tutor today!
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