WrittenChinese.Com was founded several years ago when Chinese learning tools were few and far between. The idea was to create Chinese tools that were not only user friendly but that also made learning Chinese enjoyable.
Here we are 5 years later with four Mobile Apps, online learning tools and a massive following of people who see the value and challenge of learning to read and write Chinese.
Written Chinese is for everyone. Starting to learn a new language can be daunting, but more and more people are beginning to learn Chinese for business, travel or just for pleasure.
We provide an online community where people can ask questions about the Chinese language and talk honestly about their Chinese learning problems (trust me, we all have them!).
We’re not a school, or online course we make Mobile Apps designed to help you become written Chinese Pros!
Before you even download our apps, put pen to paper or open your Mandarin text books, we suggest you do the following things:
1. LEARN ABOUT RADICALS
You will literally go round and round in circles unless you have a basic understanding of what a radical is. Check out this article to get your started: The Radical Truth: The Importance of Learning Radicals.
2. LEARN ABOUT CHINESE CULTURE AND HISTORY
Even just a little will really improve your understanding of Chinese characters, especially if you are learning traditional Chinese characters. Read about Chinese Characters here.
3. LEARN ABOUT TONES
One of the most difficult part of learning Chinese for many people are the tones. This isn’t just important when speaking, but also writing (and therefore reading). To learn more about tones and changes in written Chinese go here and read Rules for Changing Tones in Chinese . You can also practice your listening and spoken Chinese with our Tone Trainer!
4. LEARN ABOUT CHARACTER STROKE ORDER
Remembering character stroke order is a challenging part of learning to write Chinese. Take a look at our post: Chinese Character Stroke Rules (And How To Break Them!)
You can practice writing the stroke order of each character on your mobile phone! Do find out how read this article about Handwriting Characters With your Mobile Device! Don’t forget – You’ll also need a Pinyin keyboard! Find our how to add a Pinyin keyboard to your electronic device here!
5. GET TO GRIPS WITH MEASURE WORDS
Using the correct measure word for specific objects can be a challenge. Get started with this guide: Weighing Up Measure Words.
6. NEXT CHECK OUT Written Chinese: Where Do I Start?: a blog article to get you on the right learning track.
7. START LEARNING with our weekly blog posts!
Painting materials vocabulary and other useful words for buying art
Football and countries vocabulary
Luxury brand named products
Check out more vocabulary blog posts here…
木字旁: The Tree Radical
心字底: The Heart Radical
女字旁 The Female Radical
Check out more radical blog posts here…
中成药: The 5 Most Useful Chinese Patent Medicines
From Lhasa to Sanya: 10 Places to Visit in China
Top 10 Most Popular Chinese Websites
Check out more cultural lessons here…
Chinese Character Stroke Rules (And How To Break Them!)
The Radical Truth: The Importance of Learning Radicals
Rules for Changing Tones in Chinese
Check out more Learner tips here…
CHINESE LEARNING VIDEOS
Chinese Singer Jay Chou’s “Obviously”
“Miss Puff’s Hourglass” Video
Our NEW series ‘Scavenger Sunday’ Episode 1 – The Written Chinese Team hunt for the character ‘人’
Check out more Chinese learning videos here…
Before you go, how about signing up for our Newsletter?Each week you’ll get a Written Chinese Newsletter updating you with our newest blog post, learning tools and other interesting news from the Written Chinese world. To say thank you we’ll give you some FREE picture flashcards to get you started!
Now, if you’re all ready. Go and check out our Mobile Apps for Chinese Learning!
The Written Chinese Team would like to thank everyone who has supported us and believed in our Apps. You can contact us at [email protected] if you have a question, a new tool or article you would like to see on our site or even just to say Hi!
Thank you and Happy Studying!
The Written Chinese Team