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.

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The Official Written Chinese Learning Poster – 2nd Edition (522 – 1042 characters)


Digital Instantly Downloadable Poster

This awesome poster features another 521 of the most seen characters in Mandarin Chinese. The characters are simplified Chinese, with both Pinyin and English translations. If you want to learn the first 521, look at the Official Written Chinese Character Poster here.

Save 25% when you purchase more than 2 digital posters or flashcard sets.

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We’ve used an algorithm based off of research from MIT combined with our own statistics to determine the top 521 characters that you need to learn in order to read Chinese. These characters appear so often, that you’ll quickly see why they are the most useful and essential core characters when learning Chinese. Period.

Stop getting frustrated by learning characters that fall out of your head the next day. Learn the characters on this poster and they’ll stick because you’ll see them every day.

Perfect for home, office, and classroom learning!

Are you studying traditional characters? We also have our Official Written Chinese Learning Poster Traditional Characters – 2nd Edition !

Some of our customers have already started using the poster in ways we never thought of! Do you know we have a digital version of the poster? You can download the digital poster immediately and use it as your computer’s desktop background, how cool is that?! The file we send is a .pdf, but don’t be put off, it can easily be converted into a .png or other image file using an online converting tool!

If you’re using your poster in a new and interesting way, let us know! We want to share your ideas with our other users! Send us a message or even a picture on Instagram. You can find us at WrittenChinese or use #wccposter!