Use this tool to add tone marks to pinyin or to convert tone number (e.g. hao3) to tone marks.

Although you can use the red buttons to add tone marks, we highly recommend you use the number method (e.g. hao3) for speed and placement of the accent above the correct vowel. [Hint: Type "v" for "ü"]
Note: You do not need to use this tool to enter pinyin in this dictionary.

Book Shop

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Here’s a collaborative list of books that have helped with our Chinese learning. Among them you’ll find ‘readers’, textbooks and workbooks aimed at all areas of Chinese learning, including speaking. We have also listed books for learning characters, assisting with grammar ranging from beginners to advanced levels. If you have a book you would like us to add. Please leave a comment at the bottom of the page or email us at Enjoy!

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Chinese Textbooks and Workbooks


HSK Books


Chinese Kindle Reading Books


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  • Santi Wang

    How to get the book??

    • Hollie Sowden

      Hi Santi, what book did you want to buy?

  • Will Newcomb

    Thanks for the list which I will look at more closely.

    I can recommend another title for beginners:

    Chinese Characters: a modern approach” by David Su Liqun for 39RMB from
    Taobao, ISBN 9787100103947. Based on the evening courses he has been
    running for many years in London, David Su Liqun introduces 300 basic
    characters giving brief memorable phrases and images to associate with
    the characters as well as diagrams to help the new student write the
    character in the correct order. Includes a CD of the ‘catch phrases’ for
    each character. The author has taught at SOAS (School of Oriental and
    African Studies, London University) for over 20 years where he developed
    his interest in different ways of teaching Chinese as a written

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