- Announcements and Release Notes

Arch Chinese is driven by the Chinese learning commmunity. We add new features and improve the existing functionalities constantly to meet the needs of the Chinese language learners.

Apr. 1, 2017

  1. Create a new Chinese Measure Words page. It provides the complete list of the Chinese measure words, also known as classifers, used in modern Chinese. Usage examples are also provided for each measure word.
Mar. 18, 2017

  1. We've added a few new options into the Chinese Character Coloring Sheet Maker page. Now Chinese teachers and parents can generate engaging Chinese character coloring pages with a picture, Chinese writing practice grids and stroke sequences of the Chinese word.

Mar. 12, 2017

  1. On the Chinese Character Worksheet Maker page, added a new option Create Pinyin spelling practice grids on the blank writing box rows to allow the users to hide or display the Pinyin practice grids on the blank writing box rows. By default, the blank writing box rows have no Pinyin practice grids.
  2. Added image support for Chinese Character Worksheets. To use images on the character worksheets, enable the Show the image of the character in front of the head character box option and click the image icon to upload or look up an image for each character entry.

  3. Added image support for Chinese Word Worksheets. To use images on the character worksheets, enable the Display the image of the word option and click the image icon to upload or look up an image for each word.

Mar. 5, 2017

  1. On the Chinese Character Flashcard Maker page, the users have option to use images or both images and Chinese on the front side of the flashcards.

Mar. 4, 2017

  1. Now you can use images on the Chinese Word Flashcards

Mar. 1, 2017

  1. On the Chinese Character Worksheets, now the headword has the writing grid when the radical is not shown in the headword box. That is, the "Show the radical of the character in the head character box" option is off.

Feb. 27, 2017

  1. Now Chinese teachers and parents can quickly create Chinese Word to Picture Matching Worksheets for young learners.
  2. Further improved the performance and search capability of our powerful Chinese English Dictionary. You can use a wild card, fuzzy Pinyin and a mix of Chinese, Pinyin and English in your search query. You can even search using a single letter or a number.

Dec. 30, 2016

  1. On the Chinese English Dictionary page, added Chinese character definition in Chinese.

Nov. 18, 2016

  1. Now Chinese teachers can use Chinese Sentence and Pinyin Scramble Creator to generate Chinese word, sentence and Pinyin scrambles for classroom use.

Nov. 15, 2016

  1. Released Chinese Phrase Dictation Worksheeet Maker. Chinese teachers and parents can use this tool to create Chinese phrase or sentence dictation worksheets with Pinyin and/or English meaning hints.

Nov. 4, 2016

  1. Improved the loading speed of the Chinese English dictionary page and fixed a Chinese English dictionary page crashing issue when the user is using a first generation iPad.
  2. Fixed a Chinese word audio playback issue on old iPads and iPhones.
Oct. 22, 2016

  1. Now Chinese teachers and parents can create Chinese character cards and posters with pictures for classroom and homeschool use.The user has the option to print 2 to 12 picture cards per sheet.

  2. Added a new drop-down menu on the vocab list display table header to allow the users to select and use different vocab entry tool. For example, the user can select and use the Move Up or Move Down menu option to move the word up or down. Make sure to save the list after you are done rearranging them.

Oct. 1, 2016

  1. Added a new Pinyin Crossword Puzzle Maker to allow Chinese teachers to create customizable pinyin crossword puzzles based on the Chinese words that the students are learning. Puzzle solving makes Chinese learning fun and engaging!

Sep. 13, 2016

  1. The user member serial key is no longer case-sensitive. The same is true for email and password.
  2. Now Chinese teachers can share their vocab lists with their students with one simple click! As shown below, a new link icon has been added to each Saved Vocab List to allow the teachers to create external links to the vocab lists they created. The teachers can post the shortened vocab links on their school's web sites or simply email the links to their students. Question #5 of FAQs page has the detailed instructions.

  3. When a vocab list is loaded on the English Chinese Dictionary page, the user now can toggle between Show Vocab Details and Show Animation Links to view the stroke order animations of the characters or the vocab definitions and Pinyin.
Sep. 5, 2016

  1. On the Chinese Quiz Maker page, Chinese teachers now can set the quiz question difficulty level based on the students' Chinese level. For medium and hard level quizzes, the system will use characters and words outside of the vocab list as the possible choices. (Thanks to Fontaine Lien from Valparaiso University)

  2. On the Chinese English Dictionary page, when a vocab list is loaded , the user now can click the newly-added Show Character Animation Links to create an animated character view. Students can use the animated character view to learn the stroke orders of the characters in the vocab list created by their teacher.

Aug. 27, 2016

  1. Added a new batch of example sentences
  2. Performance enhancement and bug fixes.
  3. New Arch Chinese logo
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May. 21, 2016

  1. Fixed the missing tone expansions on Mandarin Pinyin Table. (Thanks to Bruce Hoffmann!)
  2. Added Chinese Vocab List Review Sheet Maker to allow teachers and parents to create Chinese vocab list review sheets for students to study at home. (Thanks to Cecilia Lu!)
Feb. 18, 2016

  1. Fixed sound issues on iPads and iPhones. Also, the audio files should load much faster than before.
  2. Improved Chinese Tone Drill and a new Pinyin practice tool is in the works.
Feb. 12, 2016

  1. Now you can use Chinese Vocab List Creator to create a Chinese vocabulary list from any Chinese text with a single click! This tool is very handy for Chinese teachers, parents and advanced Chinese learners. The generated vocab list can be used in other Arch Chinese tools. You can also simply export it as a PDF or Excel file.
Jan 29, 2016

  1. Picture-based studying is one of the most requested features. After months of development,we are thrilled to announce it is available now. You can upload your own pictures or search keywords to find the relevant images shared by the Chinese learning community. Currently pictures are fully integrated into the following tools:

      A. Bingo Card Maker
      B. Printable Chinese Cube Maker
      C. Chinese Coloring Sheet Maker
      D. Themed Chinese Writing Paper Maker
      E. Chinese Lesson Page Maker

  2. On the title bar of example sentence section of the Chinese English dictionary page, added sentence display settings to allow the users to quickly toggle the display of Chinese, Pinyin or English.

Dec. 10, 2015

  1. On the Nameplate-like Chinese Flashcard Maker, added a new option to allow the users to print 4 flashcards per page. (Thanks to Cecilia Lu from China!)

Dec. 06, 2015

  1. On the Chinese English Dictionary page, added a new option for the display settings to allow the users to customize the color scheme of tone color coding or simply turn off color coding for the tones.

  2. Changed the layout of the FAQs page and added a few more frequently asked questions
  3. Now you can update your account name and preferred contact email via the "My Account" view.

Nov. 28, 2015

  1. Created a new tool, called Fill in the Missing Strokes Chinese Worksheet Maker, to allow the Chinese teachers to create Chinese worksheets with missing strokes or missing character radicals. The students need to identify and fill in the missing strokes or radicals. Word bank and Pinyin can be used as the hints.

Nov. 18, 2015

  1. Now you can create vocab list folders to help you organize your vocab lists. For the users who have not created a folder, all your vocab lists are placed in the default General folder. Click the folder icon to view the lists in the folder. Click the folder again to close the folder. Click the hand icon next to the list name to move the list to a new folder. You can also archive a list by clicking the archive icon next to the list name. An archived list will be removed from your Saved Vocab Lists, but it can be restored by clicking the Archived... link on the title bar of the Saved Vocab Lists box.

  2. Added a new vocab list split tool to allow you to split a long vocab list into two new lists at a given positioin. The two new lists will be added into your Saved Vocab Lists and you can archive the original list if you do not want it anymore. Like the existing vocab list merge tool, this tool is listed under the Tools drop-down on the title bar of Temp Vocab List. If you want to split a saved vocab list, click the Copy icon next to the saved list to copy the list to Temp Vocab List first.

Nov. 9, 2015

  1. Now you can download Chinese word audio files from the Chinese English Dictionary page.
  2. Added Chinese Character Stroke Sequence Image Generator to allow Chinese teachers to create character stroke sequence images. You can embed the generated images in your presentation or classroom handouts.

Oct. 31, 2015

  1. Added Fill-in-the-blank Chinese Worksheet Maker to allow you to easily create your own custom fill-in-the-blank Chinese worksheets for classroom and homework uses. For each sentence, Pinyin or English hint can be included on the worksheets.

Oct. 07, 2015

  1. On the Chinese Word Worksheet Maker page, added a few new options to allow parents and Chinese teachers to generate Pinyin and English flashcards without Chinese.

  2. Fixed a bug in multiple choice quiz sheets generated by Chinese Quiz Maker. Now the number of syllables in the choices match the count of the characters in the word.
Oct. 02, 2015

  1. Added about 8000 set phrases (including Chinese proverbs, idioms and commonly used proper names) and new words,such as 点赞, 拉黑 etc. into our Chinese English Dictionary. Native speaker recordings for the new entries are in the making.
Sept. 13, 2015

  1. Now you can Practice writing Chinese characters on your tablets or smartphones using your finger. You can also use a mouse to practice writing on your PC. This tool uses a sophisticated proprietary handwriting recognition technology. It can adaptively provide instant feeback to help you write Chinese characters in the proper form and in the correct stroke order. Chinese teachers can create the vocab list and then let the students to practice writing on their tablets, phones or classroom PCs.

  2. On the Chinese English Dictionary page, added a handwriting button to allow the users to practice writing the animated character.
  3. Now the Saved Vocab Lists can be sorted by name and creation date. (Thanks to Cecilia Lu from China!)
  4. On the Character Worksheet Maker page, added a new option to allow the users to specify the Pinyin grid size. Young learners prefer medium or even large Pinyin grids.
  5. For the users who are learning traditional Chinese characters and wanted to grab traditional Chinese characters or words from the Chinese English Dictionary page to create a vocab list, you can do that now by simply setting the preferred script to traditional. The Display Settings button is on the right side of the Chinese English Dictionary page.
  6. On the Bingo Card Maker page, added a new option to allow the users to select whether or not print Chinese characters on the Bingo cards. Some students have learned Pinyin only and their teachers want to generate Pinyin Bingo cards for classroom use.
  7. Added Animated Chinese Character Link Generator
  8. Changed the page navigation structure to allow us to easily add more features in the future. Home page link is removed from the navigation bar. If you want to navigate to the home page, you can simply tap or click the Arch Chinese logo.
Sept. 03, 2015

  1. Released Chinese Vocab Matching Game to allow Chinese language students to review and practice the Chinese vocabulary they have learned. If you are a Chinese teacher, you can create the vocab lists of your lessons and save them to our server. Your students can use them on the Chinese Vocab Matching Game and online flashcard program. Note that a student does not have to have an account to access the vocab lists created by his teacher. More Chinese learning games will be released in the near future.

Aug 28, 2015

  1. Added Chinese Lesson Printable Creator to allow you to create custom Chinese lessons and supplemental reading materials tailored to your classroom and the needs of your Chinese language students.

Aug 23, 2015

  1. Added Chinese Sentence Copying Worksheet Maker to quickly create Chinese sentence copying worksheets. Sentence copying helps Chinese language learners master Chinese sentence structure and use commonly-used Chinese sentence patterns.

  2. From now on, you are not required to be a member to load and use the pre-defined, commonly-used vocabv lists on our online online Flashcard program. You can also search and use vocab lists shared by other members.
  3. Added custom tone color scheme support on the Chinese Character Color Coder page.
  4. On the Chinese Character Color Coder page, now you can make nicely formatted and color coded Chinese text in PDF for classroom use.

Aug 16, 2015

  1. Further enhanced our Chinese English Dictionary. Now you can search words and sentences via fuzzy Pinyin of any one of the characters in the words and sentence, e.g. li, hu. You can look up words and Chinese sentences by even a single letter syllable, such as a, e
  2. Revamped the following tools to make them easy-to-use and mobile-friendly.
      1. Pinyin to Bopomofo Converter
      2. Pinyin Tone Number to Tone Mark Converter
      3. Simplified Chinese to Traditional Chinese Converter
  3. Now the Chinese English Dictionary can handle search queries such as xi'an, ju'e. (thanks to Elizabeth Yew)
  4. On the Chinese Word Flashcard Maker page, added a new option to hide the Pinyin on the back side of the card. (thanks to Amir from Israel)
Aug 15, 2015

  1. Added Chinese Radical Table for Traditional Chinese Characters for the users who are learning or teaching traditional Chinese characters to look up Chinese characters. For the user's convenience, a Chinese Radical Table for Traditional Chinese Characters link has also been added to the top of the search box on the Chinese - English Dictionary page.
  2. On the Chinese - English Dictionary page, now you can search example sentences by short Pinyin, such as e4, a1 and ya4 etc.
  3. Added Chinese Character Color Coder to color code Chinese characters based on their tones and add Pinyin of the characters as their tooltips.
Aug 08, 2015

  1. Added color-coded tones for Chinese characters and Pinyin on the Chinese English Dictionary page. The animated Chinese character is also color-coded. The color of the radical is based on the tone of the radical while the rest of the character is colored based on the tone of the character.The default color scheme is:
    1. First Tone
    2. Second Tone
    3. Third Tone
    4. Fourth Tone
    5. Neutral Tone
  2. Beside Chinese characters, now the user can play the animations of Chinese words by clicking the film icon next to the word.
July 30, 2015

  1. Released completely redesigned Chinese English Dictionary page. The new page is optimized for mobile devices, includes both tablets and smart phones. The classic dictionary page is still available here
May 16, 2015

  1. We are in the middle of revamping the entire web site to make it more intuitive and mobile friendly. Flash dependency will be completely removed and traditional version will be phased out.
  2. Mandarin Chinese Tone Drill now supports multiple syllable tone drill
  3. Rewrote Chinse Word Worksheet Maker to make the stroke sequences on the word worksheets scalable so that they can be printed with high quality at any resolution. Similiar changes will be made on the character worksheets.
  4. Now the system can provide the English defintion for you automatically when you are creating or editing a vocab list. This feature works for a single Chinese character or commonly-used Chinese word.
  5. The English definition and Pinyin are optional now when you create a Chinese vocab
  6. Added a new tool to easily create Nameplate-like flashcards. (Thanks to Cecilia Lu)
Feb 02, 2015

  1. Added a new Bingo Card Maker option to print Pinyin and English along with the Chinese words on the Bingo call sheets.
Jan 24, 2015

  1. Recorded and released 20,000 word audio files.
  2. Created and released 5,000 new example sentences.
  3. Released Chinese Word Dice Maker to allow parents and Chinese teachers to create printable paper dices with Chinese characters, words,Pinyin or Bopomofo for home or classroom use. Picture dices will be added soon.
  4. Enhanced the Chinese Coloring Page Maker to allow the users to use pictures
  5. Now the Chinese Sentence Scramble Maker can intelligently detect the words in the sentences and generate the scrambles without breaking the words.

Nov 21, 2014

  1. Improved the Character Animation Maker to make it much easier for the users to embed the animated Chinese characters into school or personal web pages.
  2. Now our Chinese Worksheet Generator can generate Zhuyin symbol worksheets.
Nov 12, 2014

  1. Added a new Chinese Word Worksheet Maker for parents and Chinese teachers to generate Chinese word worksheets with character stroke sequences.
Oct 04, 2014

  1. Added the following new option to the Chinese English Dictionary settings to allow the user to grab the traditional version character or word entry from the dictionary. By default, the simplified version will be added to Temp Vocab List when the Add To Temp Vocab List icon is clicked.
Oct 01, 2014

  1. Added Bopomofo (aka Zhuyin Fuhao) to the character details page.
  2. Now the user can select different paper sizes to generate Chinese character worksheets.
  3. As requested by a few Chinese teachers, we added a new grid size, "Large Plus", which is very useful for young Chinese learners to practice Chinese character writing or trace Chinese characters.
  4. Incorporated Chinese Word Details page to the Chinese English Dictionary page. You can click the magnifier icon next to a word to view the word details.With the Word Details, you can view
    • Word Breakdown
    • Words with the same head character
    • Words with the same tail character
    • Similar (or confusing) pronunciation words
    • Related words (similar or opposite meaning) words
    • Words that use the word
    • Example sentences of the word
  5. Released a batch of example sentences to cover additonal Chinese sentence patterns and words used in HSK 6.

Sep 08, 2014

  1. Added Read it, Trace it and Paste it Worksheet Maker . Chinese language teachers and home-school parents can use it to create great worksheets for young Chinese learners to learn common Chinese characters and Chinese sentence structure.
Aug 25, 2014

  1. Besides on the screen, now Bopomofo (Zhuyin) is fully supported on the generated worksheets, handouts, flashcards and Bingo cards. To print Bopomofo (instead of Pinyin) on the generated Chinese printables, all you need to do is to select the "Bopomofo" on the phonetic notation option. The system will automatically convert the Pinyin of the character and word to Bopomofo.
Aug 17, 2014

  1. Added Themed Chinese Writing Paper Creator, a creative and powerful tool to create lovely themed Chinese writing paper for use in your classroom or at home. The Chinese writing paper is higly customizable. You can use any clip images to create Chinese writing paper for seasonal activities or other theme that you can think of.
Aug 10, 2014

  1. Added Chinese Sentence Scramble Creator to allow Chinese language teachers to easily generate Chinese word or sentence scrambles to use in the classroom. This tool can intelligently detect the words in the sentences and generate the scrambles without breaking the words.

  2. On the Printable Chinese Word Flashcard Maker page, added the following 3 options to allow the users to print Pinyin on the front side of the flaschard cards and specify the font size of the text on the front side:
    • Print Pinyin on the front side as well
    • Front side Chinese font size:  
    • Front side Pinyin font size:  

Aug 05, 2014

  1. On the Chinese English dictionary page, the Chinese character detail section now includes Cantonese Jyutping pronunciation.
  2. Our innovative Chinese English dictionary becomes more powerful: now our users can search Chinese characters by Cantonese Jyutping pronunciation, for example, jat1 and ji5.
  3. On the Chinese English dictionary page, added the following Chinese input method codes for each Chinese character used in modern Chinese:
    • Wubi (五笔码)
    • Cangjie (仓颉码)
    • Four Corner (四角码)
    • Zhengma (郑码)
  4. Added Unicode, GB(国标) and telegraph code of each Chinese character into the Chinese English dictionary page.
  5. Added a new option: 18. Show the Chinese character on the first writing box of blank writing rows on the Chinese Character Worksheets settings page. A user can enable this option to print the character on the first writing box of each blank row. It is useful for the users who want to create a worksheet per character.
Jun 15, 2014

  1. Added Chinese Coloring Sheet Maker to allow parents and Chinese language teachers to quickly generate Chinese character coloring sheets for young learners.
  2. Compiled and released another batch of sample sentences
May 28, 2014

  1. Added Prev and Next buttons to the title bar of the character details section of the Chinese English Dictionary page to allow the users to scroll through characters of the day.(Thanks to Rick Winter)
  2. Released Chinese Word Search Puzzle Generator, another great tool that allows parents and Chinese language teachers to create Chinese word or Pinyin search puzzles with your own list of Chinese words or Pinyin. You can also use this tool to generate word search puzzles to learn vocabulary of any other languages.

Apr 10, 2014

  1. Our Chinese learning resources are being proudly used by many schools and universities to create Chinese teaching and learning materials, including Chinese textbooks, such as First Step published by Princeton University

Feb 11, 2014

  1. Compiled and published the measure words for each and every applicable noun word in the Chinese English Dictionary. Now a user can look up the right measure word for any given noun or the nouns associated with any given measure word.
Jan 25, 2014

  1. Added Show All... link on the example words section. Now the user can click the link to show all the example words on a single page. Some commonly-used Chinese characters have hundreds (even thousands) of example words. By default, the words are ordered by usage frequency. You can order them by Pinyin or character count as well.

  2. To help you learn Chinese grammar, we added Parts Of Speech (词类) for each and every Chinese word (character compound) in the system.
  3. Thanks to Elizabeth Yew, we compiled and added more characters that share a particular character or charactr component. You can view them by clicking the Details... link on the Character Details section on the Chinese English Dictionary page.
Dec 28, 2013

  1. On the Chinese English Dictionary page, added Parts Of Speech(词类) information for each Chinese character used in modern Chinese:

    a. Noun (名词) - the names of people, places or things
    b. Verb (动词) - the actions,processes or changes
    c. Adjective (形容词) - the characteristics of people and things
    d. Adverb (副词) - used in front of verbs or adjectives to express time, degree, scope, repetition, negation, possibility, or tone. Adverbs are always adjuncts.
    e: Pronoun (代词) - substitute in for nouns,verbs,adjectives,numerals and adverbs
    f: Particle (助词) - used in phrases and sentences to provide supplementary meaning, grammatical relations or mood.
    g: Preposition (介词) - used at the beginning of nouns or pronouns to form prepositional phrases to express the exclusion, comparison, being acted on, cause, object, direction, location or time of the action.
    h: Conjunction (连词) - used to connect two words, phrases,clauses or sentences to express the relationships, including coordination, cause and effect, condition, supposition, alternation, succession, inference, transition, concession, and enumeration.
    i: Measure Word (量词) - used for counting people or things. Most measure words are single characters and used after numerals and before nouns.
    j: Numeral (数词) - basic numbers. For ordinal numbers, add in front of the basic number
    k: Interjection (叹词) - used to express exclamation or emotional response
    l: Onomatope (象声词) - used to represent the sound of a thing or action
    m: Surname (姓) - indicate the character or character compound is a family name
    n: Abbreviation (简称 or 缩写) - abbreviation of the name of a thing or place.
Dec 15, 2013

  1. In the example word section of the Chinese English dictionary page, now the words are ordered by the usage frequency, from most commonly (*****) to least commonly (*). If you are a beginner, it is strongly recommended to focus on the 3 star or above words only.
  2. Added Chinese character and word HSK level information.
  3. In the Chinese quiz maker tool, we added the following new question formats:
    a. Chinese & Pinyin ==> English Definition
    b. Chinese ==> Pinyin
    c. Chinese ==> English Definition
    d. Pinyin ==> Chinese
    e. Pinyin ==> English Definition
    f. English Definition ==> Chinese & Pinyin
    g. English Definition ==> Chinese
    h. English Definition ==> Pinyin
  4. Now you can search typical sentence patterns, such as 与其...不如..., 不但...而且....
  5. Our unique intelligent Chinese-English dictionary lookup engine becomes more powerful. You can freely mix Chinese characters or words and English or Pinyin in your search queries. You do not even have to use the wildcard character (*) in your queries. For example, 感feeling, ni3好, 子hao,etc.
Nov 16, 2013

  1. Released the long-awaited Chinese Quiz Maker. It allows the Chinese teachers to quickly create multiple choice, true/false and matching quizzes for a list of characters or words. The "Generate Quiz" buttons are now active on the Chinese Worksheets page and Temp Vocab Lists boxes on Chinese English Dictionary page, Chinese Worksheets page, Word Worksheets page and Printable Flashcard page. With a few mouse clicks, you can create the nicely formatted quizzes for classroom use based on the vocab in your current vocab list or one of the saved vocab lists.
Nov 12, 2013

  1. Improved word and sentence search with fuzzy Pinyin (模糊拼音), for example, searching with query da xue or da yi.
  2. Now your Saved Vocab Lists, Temp Vocab List and handwriting practice progress will sync across your browsers and devices. You can resume your Chinese writing practice of the current vocab list on your desktop after your tablet or smart phone runs out of battery. (Thanks to Htoo MYINT)
Nov 05, 2013

  1. Added multiple syllable Pinyin practice to the Arch Chinese mobile version. The mobile version of Chinese Pinyin drill can help you learn and practice not only the basic tones of Mandarin, but also Mandarin tone changes (also known as tone sandhi). Note that the mobile version does not require Flash and runs on iPads and Android tablets. You can also use it on your desktop if you have a newer browser, such as the latest version of Google Chrome, FireFox or Safari.

  2. Added a new option to the Character Details Settings to allow the user to specify how many writing boxes per row on the exported JPEG or PNG stroke sequence images. The following is the stroke sequence image for (happy, enjoy) with 4 writing boxes per row.

Oct 30, 2013

  1. Optimized the performance and tweaked the user interface of the Chinese Radical Table designed for iPads and Android tablets. As in the desktop version of the Chinese Radical Table, you can order the radicals by radical number, stroke count, Pinyin or English definition.
Oct 27, 2013

  1. Added Chinese Character Decomposition Explorer to the Character Detail View of the Arch Chinese Mobile. With one tap or mouse click, the user can drill down into the character components one layer at a time.
  2. Added a new option to the Settings View of Arch Chinese Mobile to allow the users to turn off traditional Chinese character display
  3. Added Handwriting button to the Chinese Word Details
  4. view of the Arch Chinese Mobile. In addition to playing the native-speaker recording and adding the word to Temp Vocab List, now the users can practice handwriting of the word on your favorite touch devices or using mouse on the desktop PCs.
Oct 22, 2013

  1. Completed and released the native-speaker recordings of all the Chinese words(character compounds) included in our Chinese English dictionary. Now our system has quality native-speaker recordings for every Chinese character, every stroke of the Chinese characters, every Chinese word and example sentence defined in our system! Click the speaker icon next a character, word or sentence to hear the real-person pronunciation.
  2. Revamped the Arch Chinese Mobile user interface to make it easy to use on iPads and Android tablets. The mobile version is still in Beta, but the key features are already there. Please check it out and send us your feedback.
  3. Created a Memory Matching Game to help young Chinese learners learn Chinese words and characters. Currently the Memory Matching Game is available only on Arch Chinese Mobile version. The desktop version will be released soon.
  4. Created and released more example sentences to cover additional Chinese sentence structures and usage patterns.
Aug 22, 2013

  1. Added additional options to the Chinese Flashcard Maker to allow the teachers and parents to print paper flashcards of various sizes:
    • 10 cards per sheet (2" X 3.5", business cards)
    • 8 cards per sheet (2.25" X 4")
    • 6 cards per sheet (3.25" X 4")
    • 4 cards per sheet (3" X 5", index cards)
    • 2 cards per sheet (5" X 7")
May 19, 2013

  1. Compiled and released the "See Also" characters to the Character Details section on the Chinese English Dictionary page. For each Chinese character, now you can view the list of collocated or closely associated Chinese characters.
Apr 28, 2013

  1. Released first batch of native-speaker recordings for example words (character compounds)
  2. Removed the "Search Characters By Components" page and its refrences and screenshots. Believe it or not, Searching Chinese characters by character components is patented. Without paying a licensing fee, we cannot look up Chinese characters by a character component, which is nothing but another Chinese character.
Mar 22, 2013

  1. Released the mobile version of Arch Chinese (http://www.ArchChinese.com/mobile)
  2. The mobile version is completely re-designed and optimized for iOS, Android, Windows and BlackBerry phones and tablets. Unlike our desktop version, no Flash is required. Besides the powerful, intelligent Chinese-English character and word dictionary, you can learn Chinese characters and words by writing them with your finger tip. You can also find and use the vocabulary lists shared by the Chinese teaching and learning community so you can start quickly. For more information, please refer to the mobile FAQs.
Mar 16, 2013

  1. Created an online Chinese input tool to allow you to type Chinese online without installing a Chinese Input Method Editor (IME) on your PC or tablet. It is very handy for the Chinese teachers or advanced learners to type Chinese text on a tablet or PC which does not have a Chinese IME installed.
Mar 08, 2013

  1. In addition to search by Fuzzy Pinyin (Pinyin without tones) and Pinyin with tone notations, now you can search by Pinyin with tone marks, for example, ,běijīng and běi jīng. Check the FAQ page for details.
  2. Revamped the FAQ page
  3. Add a new option Draw writing grids only on the bottom half of the page (applies to blank worksheets only) for young kids. It allows the young learners to draw pictures or anything they like on the first half of the page.
Feb 01, 2013

  1. On the Printable Chinese Character Flashcard Maker and Printable Chinese Word Flashcard Maker pages, added the options to allow the users to adjust the horizontal card spaces and vertical card spaces. You may need to adjust the horizontal space between two cards and/or the vertical space between two rows to make the flashcards positioned perfectly on your perforated business card paper. (Thanks to Peter Van Bruggen from Belgium)
  2. Added stroke drop shadow for the stroke order animation. The user has the option to disable the shadow if the shadow beind the strokes make the character look blurry.(Thanks to John Goodson)
  3. Fixed tracing character count issues when the user elects to create a worksheet page per character
  4. Cleaned the stroke order animations for the traditional Chinese characters.
  5. Added stroke order animations for many Chinese character components, which may not be used in modern Chinese as separate characters, but they are part of commonly-used characters.(Thanks to Gurf Yeo from Australia)
Oct 10, 2012

  1. In addition to playing the pronunciation of the character, the system now plays the character structure information recording when the character stroke order animation is done. If you want to hear the pronunciation only, you can uncheck the option Read the character structure after stroke animation on the Sound tab of the Character Detail Settings view.
  2. To make it easy for the users to look up Chinese characters, phrases or sentences by English words, the English definitions of the characters and phrases are hyperlinked. With one mouse click, you can find the characters and words with the English definition or related to the English definition.
Oct 01, 2012

  1. Added a new Chinese character animation option: Pen thickness (Thin, Medium or Thick) to the Chinese dictionary and stroke animation settings.
  2. Added a new Chinese character writing option: Chinese character font style (Thin, Regular or Bold) to the Chinese Worksheet Generator settings. If you are learning traditional Chinese characters, which have relatively more strokes, it is recommended to set the font style to Thin or Regular.
  3. Improved Chinese character animation and worksheet generation rendering speed and quality.
  4. Now the embeddable character animations created by Character Animation Maker can pronounce the stroke names of the character
Sep 22, 2012

  1. Added a new option: Use larger head character box to show Pinyin, radical and slightly longer definitions to the Chinese Character Worksheet settings view. When this option is enabled, the head character box will take up two writing boxes, which allows the user to use sligtly longer English, German or Russian definitions.
  2. Added Chinese radical worksheets shortcuts to the sidebar of the Chinese Worksheets page. With the shortcuts, you can quickly create customized Chinese radical worksheets for your class.
Sep 18, 2012

  1. Added a new option: Fill the empty space on the worksheets with blank writing boxes to the Chinese Character Worksheet settings view. When there is empty space available on the last page of the worksheets, the user can enable this option to generate writing boxes to take the space. Some Chinese language teachers or parents may prefer to make use of the empty space to write feedback or notes after reviewing the student's writing.
  2. Now the Chinese character worksheets can show the Chinese character structure information. The structure information will be printed in the head character box as an ideographic description character. By default, the Show the character structure information(ideographic description character) in the character head box option is disabled. You need to enable it in the worksheet settings view.
  3. On the Worksheet Settings view, the user can set the traceable character count to 0. That is, no traceable characters will be shown on the worksheets.
  4. Similar to the traceable character count, the user can set the minium practicing character count to 0. The user wants to show the character and its stroke sequence diagrams only.
  5. If you were a registered member, now you can transfer all the vocab lists on your old account, even if it expired, to your current account. You can see the vocab list transfer button on the My Account page, which can be brought up by clicking the My Account link on the headers of the pages that you need to sign in to gain the access to the full features, such as the Chinese Character Worksheets and Chinese Character Stroke Order pages. Note that the My Account link is visible only after you sign in.
Sep 11, 2012

  1. Now you can generate worksheets for individual Chinese character strokes quickly. For your convenience, we have created a Worksheet Shortcuts box on the Chinese Character Worksheet page to allow you generate Chinese character stroke worksheets with only a few clicks. The Basic Chinese character Strokes list includes dian3 (dot), heng2 (horizontal stroke), shu4 (vertical stroke), pie2 (down stroke to the left), na4(down stroke to the right) and ti2(upward stroke) while the complete list includes all the strokes used in the modern Chinese.
  2. On the Chinese Worksheets page, added a new option Do not show the radical components of the traceable characters to allow the students to fill them in. This option allows the Chinese teachers to create Chinese character worksheets without showing the character radical components of the characters. The goal is to help the students to identify and understand the radicals in Chinese characters.
Aug 16, 2012

  1. Added a few thousand example words into the system. We are making good progress on native-speaker recordings of the example words. First batch will be released soon.
  2. To make it easy for you to keep track of paper flashcards, now the flashcard set name shows on the flashcards. For example, common fruits and I love you.
  3. Now the Chinese character worksheets include Chinese radicals, regardless of the writing grid size or page orientation.
  4. From now on, once you sign in, the system will keep you signed in for a month.
  5. Added the pre-defined vocab lists for The Youth Chinese Test (YCT), which is designed for non-native speaker elementary and middle school students who learn Chinese as a second language.
Jun 23, 2012

  1. Created additional 2,000 example sentences for the common characters and words used in modern Chinese.
  2. Now every example sentence has native-speaker recording. You can download the MP3 files for offline use.
  3. On the Chinse Worksheets page, added a new option Print the character radical. By default, this option is checked. That is, the radical of the character is shown on the back side of the flash card.
Mar 24, 2012

  1. MP3 recordings for individual characters become downloadable. As requested, on the Stroke Order Animation and Dictionary page, added a Download MP3 Recording button, which is below the animated Chinese character. Click the button to save the mp3 recording of the character to your computer.
  2. Added stroke name recordings for all the Chinese characters. On the Stroke Order Animation and Dictionary page, Single click the animated Chinese character to hear the stroke names.
  3. Created another batch of example sentences and MP3 recordings.
Feb 18, 2012

  1. Now the system pronounces the stroke names during the stroke order animations. On the Chinese Stroke Animation and Dictionary page, click the animated Chinese character or the Next Stroke button below the animated Chinese character to hear the native-speaker pronunciation of the strokes.
  2. Added Add My Vocabs button onto the Edit Vocab List screen. After grabbing words and characters from the Chinese-English dictionary and saving them to Temp Vocab List, now you can add the words in the Temp Vocab List to any saved vocab lists.(Thanks to Kevin Bogle!)
  3. Misc usability and performance improvements.
Jan 28, 2012

  1. On the Chinese character details section of the Character Animation and Chinese English dictionary page, now you can quickly review all the characters that a particular character is part of. For example, is part of , , , , , , , and
  2. Added same pronunciation characters to the character details section of a Chinese character
  3. Added more example sentences and words
Jan 18, 2012

  1. Added a new option Generate worksheets without any character hints (just the pinyin and English definition) to the Chinese Character Worksheets page to allow you to generate worksheets without the Chinese character, radical or traceable characters. For example, 龙年吉祥 (have a lucky year of the dragon) worksheet
  2. Per the requests from our users, we have added back the Quick Lookup feature. Quick Lookup is very useful to find the corresponding Chinese character or word for an English word. You can listen to the pronuncation of the word and add the word to your vocab list to further study or generate worksheets.
  3. Added See Also links to the left side of the animated character to quickly look up characters with the same radical or component.
Jan 08, 2012

  1. Thanks to Kevin Bogle, now it is much easier to edit, create, copy or delete a vocab list.
  2. Temp Vocab List is now synchronized to our cloud servers automatically.
  3. Now you can optionally provide a short description for a vocab list for searching and sharing vocab lists with other members.
  4. Added more example sentences
  5. Reviewed and corrected the stroke orders of all the simplified Chinese characters.
Dec 20, 2011

  1. Now you can download native-speaker audio recordings of the example sentences.
  2. Added more example sentences
Dec 13, 2011

  1. Now you can export Temp Vocab List or any flashcard sets to Excel files.
  2. Added a few batches of recordings of the example sentences. Almost every example sentence has a native-speaking recording now.
  3. Merged additional features from the traditional sub-system to the unified system.
November 25, 2011

  1. Now the Chinese English dictionary page shows the antonyms of the Chinese characters. For examples,, , and
  2. The handy Auto Pinyin feature is now supported for traditional characters and words. Try it out on the Chinese Word Worksheets and Chinese Flashcard Maker pages
  3. Merged My Characters and My Words to the newly-created Temp Vocab List, which support both single and compound Chinese words.
  4. Now you can search by traditional Chinese characters or words on the unified system, for examples, 幾乎, and 聽說
November 18, 2011

  1. Reviewed and corrected Pinyin and English definitions for all the traditional Chinese characters.
  2. Added traditional style for each example word.
  3. Added traditional style for each example sentence. The user can optionally hide the traditional character sentences.
  4. Now the character animations for the traditional characters are performed on the simplified system. Our goal is to merge the two separate systems into a single, unified system.
November 06, 2011

  1. Added Chinese Character strokes page to list all the basic strokes used in the modern Chinese characters.
  2. Upgraded audio recordings for individual Chinese characters and compound words.
  3. Created and published additional 3,000 quality example sentences.
  4. Added previous and next buttons at the bottom of the each list of example sentences and compound words.
October 18, 2011

  1. As shown in My family members in Chinese, fixed Chinese character worksheet generation when, in the worksheet setting section, the user has selected "Show English definitions in separate grids" and unchecked "Show stroke sequences in one box to save space". (Thanks to May Ditan!)
  2. Now you can quickly create Bingo cards with Chinese characters or compound words grabbed from the Chinese-English dictionary by clicking the Bingo link on the My Characters or My Words boxes.
  3. Consolidated user-saved Chinese vocabulary lists for Online Chinese flashcard program, Chinese Word Worksheet Maker and Printable Chinese Flashcard Maker.
  4. To allow the users to conveniently save the characters grabbed from the Chinese-English dictionary to the server, added Save button to the My Characters boxes on the Chinese-English dictionary, Chinese word details,Chinese character worksheets and Chinese word worksheets pages.
  5. As in the My Characters boxes, now you can save the compound words you have grabbed from the Chinese-English dictionary. The saved word lists will be shown on the right-hand side bar when you are on the Online flashcard program, Chinese Word Worksheet Maker or Printable Word Flashcard Maker pages.
October 12, 2011

  1. Added Save to Server feature to the Printable Chinese Word Flashcard Maker. The word list you saved can be used to generate Chinese word worksheets or load them to the online Chinese flashcard program
  2. Added Study button to the Chinese Character Worksheet Maker page to allow the users to conveniently study the Chinese characters online and then print out the worksheets for offline practice.
  3. To provide the best performance for the users who would like to generate worksheets for a large number of Chinese characters at a time, we have re-designed the Chinese Character Worksheet Generation process to be a fast, easy-to-use two-click process. Once the worksheet PDF file is ready, you can elect to save the PDF file to your local machine and then view it with your favorite PDF viewer, or directly view the PDF file in a separate browser pop-up window. The former is much faster while the latter is more convenient.
  4. In Chinese Word Worksheet Maker, English definitions and Pinyin are now optional. If you want to print a general-purpose, blank Chinese word sheet, simply click the Print Worksheets button. Note that, this Chinese Word Worksheet Maker support both traditional and simplified Chinese. Currently, auto Pinyin is supported for simplified Chinese only. Auto Pinyin for traditional Chinese will be supported soon.
September 25, 2011

  1. Released the fourth batch of example sentence audio recordings.
  2. Added additional example sentences, mostly for new HSK level 5 and 6 words and characters.
  3. Now you can expand and collapse the example sentence details by clicking the little magnifying glass icon.
  4. With the sample sentences, now you are able to quickly toggle on and off the English, Pinyin and Chinese characters to help testing.
  5. When looking up characters or words with fuzzy Pinyin (Pinyin without tones), in addition to example words, now related example sentences will be shown as well.
  6. In Chinese-English dictionary, query character or word is now highlighted in the example words and sentences.
  7. Further improved overall system performance.
August 28, 2011

  1. Released third batch example sentence audio recordings.
  2. Added a few thousand additional example sentences that cover most commonly used Chinese words and sentence patterns.
  3. Added Study link to My Characters. In addition to generating worksheets for the selected Chinese characters,with one click, you can load the characters to the Chinese Flashcard Program to study them.
  4. Many Chinese learners are learning traditional Chinese characters and using Bopomofo phonetic system. As shown on the Chinese character display setting screenshot, now you can choose Pinyin or Bopomofo as the phonetic system. Note this phonetic system setting applies to Chinese character details, example words and sentences.
  5. Per a few Chinese teachers' requests, created Simplified Chinese Character to Traditional Chinese Character Converter and Traditional Chinese Character to Simplified Chinese Character Converter
  6. Created Pinyin to Bopomofo Converter
August 09, 2011

  1. Released second batch example sentence audio recordings.
  2. Added 3000 additional example sentences for words and characters in HSK 5 and 6.
  3. On the Chinese Character Worksheets page, now you can save the characters and their customized definitions to Arch Chinese server. That way, you can generate worksheets for those characters in the future or from a different machine.
  4. On the Chinese Character Worksheets page, added "Show repetitive characters on the worksheet" option to allow duplicate characters on the worksheets. (Thanks to Cindy Franklin!)
July 16, 2011

  1. Started creating studio quality, native-speaker audio recordings for all the example sentences. We just published the first batch. More are in the making. Our goal is to create 20,000 plus example sentences that cover the majority, if not all, of the common characters, compound words and sentence structures. Each sentence will have a real person, native speaker audio.
  2. Added quality example sentences for characters and compound words defined in HSK level 4. Example sentences for HSK level 5 and 6 will be added soon.
June 28, 2011

  1. Chinese learners now can learn Chinese characters and words by playing Bingo games! With the flexible and powerful Bingo Card Generator, you can generate custom Bingo cards and randomized call sheets with your own Chinese characters and words. This bingo card maker is not just for learning Chinese, you can use this tool to generate traditional 5x5 number bingo cards or other educational bingo cards to support and reinforce lessons in mathematics, language arts, science, social studies, and just about any area of the curriculum!
May 26, 2011

  1. Created high quality example sentences for each character and word defined in the new HSK level 1 to 3. All the sentences were reviewed by native Chinese speakers to ensure accuracy. Example sentences for new HSK level 4-6 are in the making.
April 30, 2011

  1. Added Chinese character formation and etymology information for additional 2,000 plus less-commonly-used characters.
  2. To ensure correctness and completeness, reviewed the definitions for all the simplified Chinese characters in the system.
  3. Fine tuned the search capabilities, especially search-by-english, of our free online Chinese English dicationary. Now it is faster and the search results are more accurate!
  4. Made a few minor improvements on Chinese character worksheet maker.
April 20, 2011

  1. Added Chinese character formation and etymology information for the most common 5,000 characters.
  2. Besides the radical, now the radical name (definition) also shows on the paper character flashcards.
  3. Added character formation and etymology information to the back side of the Chinese character flashcards.
March 26, 2011

  1. Now the system can remember the settings you have tweaked on the Chinese Word Worksheet Maker and Printable Chinese Flashcard Maker. Click the Reset link to reset them to the default values.
  2. Added flashcard deck batch editing capability. Before you export, or print worksheets or flashcards, you can change the definitions and Pinyin of the flashcards on the deck.
  3. Added a feature to allow users to edit and then save the flashcards to the server for future study or printing. The saved flashcard lists are shown on the My Flashcards box.
  4. The system can read the word or character automatically when you are studying the word or character on the flashcard program.
  5. As on the flashcard page, now a user can save the word or phrase worksheet data on the Chinese Word Worksheet Maker page to the server for future use or share with others.
March 12, 2011

  1. Re-designed the web user interface to make the site easy to navigate and tablet friendly
  2. Chinese character details page now shows measure words, if any, of the character.
  3. Added support for exporting character stroke sequences to PNG images.
  4. Replaced the original flashcard program with a newly-designed and simple Chinese vocabulary flashcard learning system.
  5. Revamped the Worksheets page to allow the users to customize definitons in a batch.
  6. Now you can grab common words and phrases from the Chinese English dictionary to build a flashcard set to study online and then generate word worksheets or nicely formatted paper flashcards for offline study.
  7. Added traditional Chinese character support for printing Chinese character flashcards on the Chinese Character Flashcard Page
  8. Added traditional Chinese character support for printing Chinese character worksheets on the Chinese Character Worksheets Page
  9. Fixed color pickers in the system. Now the color pickers on Stroke Animation and Dictionary page, Worksheets page, Chinese Word Worksheet Maker and Printable Chinese Flashcard Maker work on all major browsers, including Internet Explorer, FireFox, Chrome and Safari.
  10. Added import flashcards capability to the Chinese vocabulary flashcard learning system. You can import the flashcards you made or exported from other sources to the flashcard program.
  11. Added export flashcards capability to the Chinese vocabulary flashcard learning system. With this feature, you can export the flashcards to share with others or make a backup copy of it.
  12. Added the pre-defined flashcard set to the flashcard page for all the Chinese character radicals
February 1, 2011

  1. Added faster and powerful "fuzzy Pinyin" search for characters. Tone marks are no longer needed. If the Pinyin syllable is also a valid English word, such as sun, can, long,die,pan and man, the system will return all the characters with the same syllable or meaning.
  2. Without tone marks, many matched characters may be found. The system now provides Chinese character details view to allow you to sort the search results by stroke count, Pinyin or usage frequency.
  3. Revamped Chinese Radical Table. Now the radical table lists all the Kangxi radicals and, with one mouse click, you can find the characters with a particular radical. To help you locate a radical, we provide English definitions, Pinyin, Kangxi radical numbers and stroke counts. Like Mandarin Chinese Pinyin Chart and Chinese English Dictionary, you can order radicals by stroke count, Kangxi radical number, Pinyin and even English.
  4. Removed the search box on the toolbar of the character animator. It is redundant.
  5. Per a teacher's request, added Sign In links on the top level web pages.
  6. Further improved usability and added Arch Chinese logo!
  7. To support IPhone and IPad users, Flash will be gradually phased out from this site.
January 16, 2011

  1. Added on-the-fly breakdown of example sentences. This feature is very helpful for understanding the meaning behind the sentence. Click the magnifying glass on the right end of the example sentence to view its word and character components.
  2. On the word details page, besides character radical links, added character component links to allow a user to look up characters with the same component as the character in a word.
January 10, 2011

  1. Created Chinese Word Details page to allow users to view the detailed information of a commonly-used Chinese word. Click the magnifying glass on the right hand side of the word to view its details. Besides the example sentences of the word, the page contains some innovative features: similar pronunciation words, same pronunciation words (if any), words with the same head character and words with the same tail character. The similar pronunciation words include the words with same syllables but different tones, such as xiao3 xue2(小学, elementary school), xiao3 xue3(小雪, light snow). Further, depending on how many similar pronunciation words available, the system will display words to help users to differentiate confusing pronuncations (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 similiar meaning or related words.
  2. Added Import functionality to Chinese Phrase Worksheet Maker and Printable Chinese Flashcard Maker. With the Import buttons, you can load the Chinese flashcard and phrase data that you typed or exported from other sources.
  3. Improved Chinese character and phrase worksheet makers. The generated worksheets are viewable for Adobe Reader 4.5 and above. No more "illegal operation on an inside path" issue for the users who use an ancient PDF viewer.
  4. Added English translations for all the example sentences.
December 12, 2010

  1. Released long-awaited and one of the most-requested Chinese Sentence Writing Sheet Maker. With a few clicks, you can create nice-formatted Chinese phrase/sentence writing sheets for Chinese learners to practice writing. Comparing to the original handout generator, this newly-designed system is much easy-to-use and faster. In addition, the system can automatically populate Pinyin for the sentences. As requested, we added additional font style support. Now a user can use Kaiti, LiSu, Xingkai, YouYuan, Hupo, Caiyun or Songti on the worksheets.
  2. The new auto Pinyin feature in Printable Chinese Flashcard Maker will make Chinese flashcard creation even easier.
December 02, 2010

  1. Reviewed and added 25,000 additional commonly-used words and Chinese idioms to the Arch Chinese word and phrase repository. All the Chinese words and phrases have been reviewed by our bilingual Chinese language teachers. Our phrase repository may not be biggest one on the Internet, but it is one of the most accurate and tailored for Chinese langauge learners at all levels!
  2. Added a Reset button on the Chinese flashcard program toolbar to allow the user to remove all the card schedule informaton and start it over.
  3. Fixed a bug on Pinyin Tone Drill program (Thanks to Regis Cheval). You can use the Pinyin Tone Drill program to test and practice your knowledge of Mandarin Pinyin and tones.
  4. Improved Printable Chinese Flashcard Maker performance. Now a user can quickly create printable Chinese flashcards for offline study.
November 15, 2010

  1. Added Printable Chinese Flashcard Maker to allow the teachers and parents to create paper flashcards quickly. It is listed under the Chinese learning tools page
November 08, 2010

  1. Added flashcard printing feature on the Chinese Flashcards page. With one click, you can create professional-looking paper flashcards. The new Print button is added to the toolbar. You can print flashcards from the pre-made decks. Of course, you can customize the card definitions before you print them. Also, you can create you own decks and then print them on perforated business card paper. It is great for teachers and parents to create learning materials for young Chinese language learners.
  2. Added Printable Chinese Flashcard options on the Worksheets page. On the Flashcard option tab, you can specify flashcard paper size (letter or A4), flashcard card(US business card size or European business card size), whether or not print cut lines (disable cut lines when printing on perforated business card paper, but enable it if you cut the flashcards manually using paper cutter or a pair of scissors), whether or not print flashcard border. At last, you can skip printing the Chinese characters on the back of the flashcard to recall the characters on the front of the card. Note those setttings also apply to the Printable Chinese flashcards generated from Chinese Flashcards page.
  3. Now a user can add a title to a worksheet. The title can be specified on the Worksheet Grids, Colors and Title tab of the Settings pop-up. To update or create a new title, simply enter the title to the box and press the Save button. Blank out the title box to remove worksheet titles.
  4. Pinyin tone numbers are optional in Arch Chinese Chinese-English dictionary phrase search. For an example. you can search '中文' by zhongwen, zhong1wen2 or zhong1 wen2.
  5. Cleaned up example words to remove phrases and proper nouns that are not commonly used.
October 10, 2010

  1. Added Chinese character flashcard maker button to the Worksheet page. Now you can customize the definitions for each character and then print hardcopy Chinese character flashcards for offline study. Currently, Letter (or US Letter) is the default paper size. You can use perforated business card paper or regular paper.It is easy and fast! You may need to adjust your printer settings to use thicker paper. To make sure the flashcard borders match the perforations of the perforated business card paper, disable scaling and/or fit-to-page options.
September 26, 2010

  1. Added a new worksheet style to allow the users to use long and complete English definitions on the worksheets. Intead of showing them in the head character, the English definitions are listed on a separate grid on top of the stroke sequence diagram. To use this style, select Show English definitions in a separate grid on the Worksheet settings. It is also very useful for the users who use non-English definitions such as German.
  2. Added a Use Default button on character definition customization editing screen to allow the users to remove the customizations for the character. That is, the worksheets use the definitions provided by Arch Chinese.
  3. To match the simplified system, in addition to using the serial key, now traditional system users can sign in with their emails and passwords
September 19, 2010

  1. Revamped traditional Chinese system worksheet generation to match the features available in the simplified system. Now you can generate highly customizable Chinese character worksheets with traditional Chinese characters.
  2. Added Add the current character to the worksheet character input box button on the up-right corner of the animated character. It is handy for the users to find and pick Chinese characters to generate handwriting worksheets
  3. Added a Copy the studied characters to the worksheet character input box button on the Studied History pop-up. Once the studied characters are copied to the worksheet character box, you can edit and customize the definitions before you hit the Generate Worksheets.
  4. Added a few options for generating embeddable Chinese character animations. Instead of using random colors, now the user is able to specify character, radical and grid colors. If a character has more than one pronunciation, the pronunciation button plays all the pronunciation. Besides, the pronunciation button is optional now. These changes will make it easier for you to integrate the animations into the existing look and feel of your web pages.
  5. Now Study History remains after the customization of English definitions and Pinyin for the Chinese characters on the worksheets
September 13, 2010

  1. Added two new worksheet options for the users who like one worksheet page per character. Now you can select how many traceable characters you want on each line and also whether or not you want them at the beginning or randomly throughout.
  2. Like the simplified sub-system, now the traditional sub-system also allows the users to provide their own definitions and Pinyin on the Chinese character writing worksheets.
  3. Improved the traditional sub-system. Now Pinyin tone marks show correctly on the generated Chinese character worksheets.
  4. Added Embeddable Character Animation Generator to traditional sub-system. You are welcome to integrated the animated Chinese characters into your school or personal web pages.
  5. No more Javascript message pop-ups. Status and warning messages now show right below the page header. The messsage disappears automatically in 30 seconds. You can also click the "X" sign on the lower-right corner of the message to remove it.
  6. Added the character animation preview on the Embeddable Character Animation Generator of the simplified system.
  7. Now the Study History will be cleared after you make any customization for English definitions and Pinyin on the worksheets and character animations.
September 05, 2010

  1. Added a new Customize Definition and Pinyin button to allow the users to use their own English definitions and Pinyin on the character worksheets..
  2. Added a new Worksheets generation option: Create a worksheet page per character. The worksheet option page on the Settings pop-up has been re-organized. Now the worksheet foreground color settings is on the new Worksheet Color tab.
  3. Added flashcards and CD quality pronunciation for the New HSK test level 1 vocabulary list.
  4. Now all the flashcards, including HSK and new HSK, can be exported as UTF-8 encoded CSV files.
August 28, 2010

  1. Added high quality recordings for all the initials (consonants) and finals(vowels) on the Chinese Pinyin Chart.
  2. Added pronunciation tips and comments for initials and finals on the Chinese Pinyin Chart. Click a Pinyin syllable on the Chinese Pinyin Chart to show the tips.
  3. Added pronunciation volume control on the Animation and Sound tab of the Settings pop-up. Note the volume adjustment applies to character stroke order animation and dictionary page, Worksheetspage and Chinese Pinyin Chart.
August 15, 2010

  1. Added Show Characters with the Component link to the Search Chinese Characters with a Radical page
  2. Added Show Characters with the Radical link to the Search Chinese Characters with a Component page. The link is available only if the component is also a radical.
  3. Added My Account page to allow the registered members to view and maintain account information. The My Account page is available after you sign in. Instead of using the long, automatically generated member serial key, a member can create customized, easy-to-remember sign-in credentials.
  4. Fixed quite a few minor typos and English definitions for example phrases
  5. Reviewed characters with multiple pronunciations to make sure most frequently used pronunciation is listed first
July 5, 2010

  1. Chinese Character Worksheet Generator now supports repetitive characters such as 无形无影. (Thanks to Mrs Cindy Franklin)
May 1, 2010

  1. Further improved the performance of worksheet and handout generation. Now a regular user can generate worksheets for 50 characters with one mouse click.
  2. Added another batch of Chinese character etymologies for simplified Chinese characters.
  3. Fixed the font size issue of Chinese character handout generator (special thanks to Li-Ling Cheng)
  4. Now Chinese worksheets can be generated even www.stlplace.com is down.
February 3, 2010

  1. Per a Chinese teacher's request, added a new Worksheet option: Show its radical along with the character. Chinese Teachers can turn it off if the students are confused by the radicals
January 22, 2010

  1. Released the first batch of Chinese character etymologies for simplified Chinese characters. The etymology information is located right above the character decomposition explorer. e.g
  2. Now, with a single click, the system can generate worksheets for more than 100 characters at a time. This feature is handy for Chinese language teachers and Chinese learners who are preparing HSK tests
  3. Added a new Loadn'Go flow on Worksheets page to load a Chinese text file and immediately generate worksheets for the Chinese characters in the file
December 28, 2009

  1. Added Mandarin Tone Drill to test and practice your knowledge of Mandarin Pinyin and tones.
  2. Improved Searching Chinese characters by components or radicals
November 08, 2009

  1. Now you can export character stroke sequences to JPEG or PNG images. The "Export" button is next to the "Print" button on the toolbar.
  2. Added the long-waited English meaning and Pinyin customization for individual characters on the Chinese character worksheets. The customizations apply to the character animations as well. Check it out by clicking the Customizing button on the up-right corner of the animated character.
  3. As requested, the Chinese Phrase Handout Generator now allows the user to import and export the handouts. Since the handouts are stored on your local machine, this feature is useful for users who want to share or print handouts on mulitple computers.
  4. Fixed a worksheet/handout generation bug in Linux environment.
  5. Added the simplifed character on the left side of the animated character. It is handy to copy the character to the worksheet box
October 24, 2009

  1. Chinese phrase handout generator now is a hybrid of Chinese character worksheet generator and Chinese phrase worksheet generator. You can generate a worksheet where you can start tracing the characters and write the phrases made of the characters you trace.
  2. Added traditional Chinese character support for Chinese character/phrase handout generator.
October 09, 2009

  1. On the Chinese character worksheets, instead of using a different color, now the radicals are placed on the side of the head characters.
September 27, 2009

  1. Added worksheet page orientation setting. Now you can generate handwriting worksheets with landscape page orientation.
  2. In Chinese phrase handout generator, the Pinyin now becomes optional
  3. On the Chinese character worksheets, if Create Pinyin practice grid for each character is enabled, Pinyin will be shown on top of the first tracing character.
September 16, 2009

  1. Instead of using tone numbers, now the Pinyin on the generated Chinese worksheets and handouts use tone marks. When you create a Chinese phrase handout, for your convenience, you enter Pinyin with tone numbers, but the system will automatically convert them to tone marks when you print them.
September 13, 2009

  1. Instead of using the long serial key to log in, for registered members, now you can create an alternative, easy-to-remember member id via the System and Security tab of the Settings pop-up. Once it is created, you can later log in on that machine using the simple member id. This member id is only for your convenience and it does not replace the assigned member serial key. PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS FEATURE ON PUBLIC COMPUTERS, YOU MAY UNCONSCIOUSLY SHARE YOUR MEMBER ID WITH OTHERS, WHICH IS PROHIBITED BY TERMS OF USE OF THIS SERVICE.
September 5, 2009

  1. Similar to the YouTube videos, now you can use the Character Animation Creator to generate embeddable and interactive character animations. You can integrate the animations into your school or personal web pages.
  2. Added a new option, Show character stroke sequences in one box to save space, to the character worksheet generation. By default, this option is disable for the existing users, but is enabled for new users. Here are two sample worksheets, one with Pinyin grids and one without Pinyin grids.
August 30, 2009

  1. As requsted by Chinese language teachers, created a Chinese Handout Generator to allow you to generate customizied phrase and sentence handouts. It is listed under Mandarin Chinese Tools page. As in Chinese Character Worksheets, you can adjust the handout settings before generating them.
August 18, 2009

  1. Added a Show Worksheet Settings link on Worksheets page. Now the users can view and change the worksheet generation options easily before generating the worksheets.
  2. On the Worksheet settings page, changed the max blank practice boxes to 15 so that up to 2 lines of blank practice boxes can be generated for each character.
August 8, 2009

  1. Improved Chinese character worksheet generation and removed the horizontal spaces between the character writing boxes.
  2. A new Worksheet generation option, Create Pinyin spelling practice grid for each character, has been added to the Settings pop-up. This option allows the users to generate Pinyin writing grids on top of the character writing boxes. (Thanks to Christine Tsai).
  3. Users now can use the Delete button on the Imported Character pop-up to clean up imported characters. (Thanks to Christina of MMI Preparatory School).
July 8, 2009

  1. Added "Show me how to write the word" buttons to the example words/phrases of Chinese characters.
  2. Added a "Generate Chinese Character Worksheet" button to each example word/phrase.
July 2, 2009

  1. Improved Search by English feature. In addition to the matched characters, the system lists the words and sentences that contain the English word or sentence.
  2. Compiled similar-looking Chinese characters that are confusing, undistinguishable to beginners. such as and , Deployed a few hundreds to the system. More will be deployed once they are reviewed.
May 7, 2009

  1. Now the system highlights the character being read when you listen to the pronunciations of the example words. Try it out by clicking the little speakers at the right end of the example words.
  2. Chinese handwriting worksheets are getting even better! We added a new option, worksheet grid color, to allow you to further fine tune the worksheets. In addition, we changed the writing box borders from dashed to solid lines.
  3. Added a new grid size option, Tiny, for users who like really small writing boxes. (Thanks to Chris King)
May 1, 2009

  1. Added a "Paste and Print" feature on the Worksheets page to allow Chinese language teachers to generate offline practice worksheets quickly without going through the character animations.
  2. Added a few options to the Options page of ArchMemo
April 18, 2009

  1. ReleasedArchMemo (Alpha), an innovative Spaced Repetition System (SRS) to help you learn Chinese efficiently and effectively.
April 12, 2009

  1. Added additional options for writing worksheet generation. In addition to the writing grid styles and sizes, now the user has fine-grained control over number of tracing characters, number of blank writing boxes, tracing character color, new stroke color and written stroke color
  2. Fixed a PayPal integration bug. Now, after signing up, the user will receive the member serial key instantly.
March 14, 2009

  1. Added Basic Rules of Chinese Character Stroke Order
  2. Added an option to allow the users to print handwriting practice worksheets without character stroke sequences
March 5, 2009

  1. System now remembers configuration settings across sessions. Also, a Reset to Configuration Defaults button is added on the System and Security tab of Settings pop-up.
  2. Added Search by Component to the Stroke Order Animation page
  3. Fixed a bug in animating a set of characters continuously
March 1, 2009

  1. Added look-up Chinese characters with a given component. On the left side of the animated character, the Component label, along with Radical label and the pronunced text, are hyperlinks. Click them to find charaters that have the same component, radical or pronunciation, respectively.
February 23, 2009

  1. Replaced the look-up by radicals with Chinese Radical Table to help users to locate a character easily and quickly. Pinyin and English meanings are shown as tooltips for the radicals and characters. It also features two-level sorting by stroke count, usage frequency or Pinyin (alphabetically).
February 20, 2009

  1. Added addtional Pinyin syllables to the Standard Mandarin Pinyin Table
  2. Added Software and Security configuration tab to the Options pop-up. Now the user can specify how long the system should remember you after you log in. Also,if you want your name to be printed on the footer of the generated character handwriting PDF worksheet, you can tell the system to do so. Based on the user preference, the system now is able to automatically optimize the user interface for best performance or best usability.
February 18, 2009

  1. Integrated stroke order animation with flashcard. Now the user can learn the stroke order/writing as well.
  2. Improved the search capability. Now the user can use Chinese characters/phrases, English and Pinyin in one query to search characters, phrases or sentences, For an example, you can search medical universities in Shanghai using query "大学, medical, shang4 hai3"
  3. Per a user's request, now the system can remember you for one day after you sign in. So you do not have to sign in again after you leave the Stroke Order Animation or Worksheets pages
February 15, 2009

  1. Added Chinese character decomposition explorer
  2. On the Mandarin Pinyin Table, the users now can view the Chinese characters for each variation of a syllable. The Chinese characters, with English definitons as their tooltips, are ordred by the frequency of usage.
February 13, 2009

  1. Added Chinese character structure information for simplified Chinese characters. The structure information is based on the the 12 Ideographic Description Characters (IDCs) introduced in ISO 10646.
February 8, 2009

  1. Added additional character order animations. Now the system covers ALL the characters defined in the national standard character set of mainland China.
  2. Reviewed and corrected all the simplified character stroke order to ensure it conforms to the 《现代汉语通用字笔顺规范》 (Modern Chinese Commonly Used Character Stroke Order Standard) published by 国家语委和中华人民共和国新闻出版署(China National Language And Character Working Committee and General Administration of Press and Publication of the Peoples' Republic of China) in 1997
  3. Added additional character order animations for traditional characters and checked the order info to ensure they conform to the standard issued by the Taiwan Ministry of Education.
  4. Added a configuration to allow the user to select either empty boxes for writing or shaded characters for tracing on the lines when the decomposition of strokes are finished.
January 10, 2009

  1. Added character decomposition information (radicals and components), usage frequency and the corresponding traditional character(s) for every simplified character in the system
  2. Checked the latest version of Xinhua Zhidian(Chinese Character Dictionary) for every character in the system to make sure the correctness and completeness of the Mandarin pronunciation
  3. Added Open File buton on the Imported Characters pop-up to allow users to load characters directly from a text file.
  4. Worksheet generation for large number of characters is much faster. The system will prompt a Save As dialog to save the generated PDF file.
  5. Character look-up results are now ordered by usage frequency
December 30, 2008

  1. The system now remembers the imported and studied characters, even after you exit your broswer or shut down your operating system.
  2. Added Import button to the Imported Characters pop-up to allow the users to import, instead of searching the Chinese<->English dictionary, Chinese characters from files and other sources to the character animator.
  3. Added Save As button to the Studied Characters pop-up to export the studied characters to a file.
  4. Added Save As button to the Imported Characters pop-up to export the imported characters to a file.
  5. Improved Search By English capability. Now searching common, short English words, such as "also", "if", "I", etc, returns correct results.
December 23, 2008

  1. Added Wildcard Search support and a new blank grid style.
December 20, 2008

  1. Dropped built-in Chinese font in Arch Chinese (Simplified) to further speed up page loading and added additional character animations. Now the system covers over 12,000 Chinese characters in total.
December 15, 2008

  1. Added Arch Chinese (Traditional), a separate learning system targeted for traditional Chinese character learners.
December 8, 2008

  1. Per a registered member's request, added an additional writing box size option for writing sheet generation. Now the user can select Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large character size during worksheet generation. The default size is Medium.
November 19, 2008

  1. Added Slideshow feature for the studied characters. Now you can watch the animations, along with pronunciation, English definition, stroke number, example phrases and example sentence, for all the studied characters by clicking the Slideshow button on the toolbar. Alternatively, you can click the Slideshow button on the Studied Characters pop-up.
November 16, 2008

  1. Added Pinyin display for the example sentences; added more simple sentences and dropped thousands of complicated ones
November 15, 2008

  1. Added Standard Mandarin Chinese Pinyin Table , the complete listing of all Pinyin syllables and their tone variations used in standard Mandarin.
November 09, 2008

  1. Improved character writing worksheet generation. Now the system allows the users to select different writing box sizes, writing grid styles and stroke printing colors.
November 06, 2008

  1. Added searching characters/phrases/example sentences by English phrases, English sentence fragments (e.g. prefer to, might as well, my Chinese teacher, am going to), Chinese phrase, Chinese sentence patterns or fragments (such as 与其...不如)
November 02, 2008

  1. Reworked character writing worksheet generation. Now the generate worksheets display the stroke sequences for individual characters
October 19, 2008

  1. Added character look-up by radicals. Also, the example sentences of each character have been reorganized. Now easy ones display first.
October 13, 2008

  1. Added example sentences. As in example phrases, you can click any characters in the sentences to look up the meanings and usage of the clicked character.
September 28, 2008

  1. Added Chinese character learning flashcard
September 25, 2008

  1. www.ArchChinese.com released to the public. It was originally conceived in August 2007