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.

The Two White Chicks in China Present the Written Chinese Dictionary App

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We’ve shown you some of our favourite Chinese learning tools that are available from native video lessons from Mandarin HQ, audio classes from ChinesePod, writing characters with Skritter and reading from different sources with LingQ. Now it’s time to bring it home, and showcase some of the best features from our very own Written Chinese Dictionary app.



It may be in the title, but the Written Chinese Dictionary is NOT just a dictionary. Sure, that’s where it started out, but over the years we’ve been able to add a menagerie of tools to make learning Chinese even easier, including making your own flashcard sets, setting a study goal and most recently, recording your own ‘memory’ notes.

You can use the Written Chinese Dictionary in tandem with your textbooks and video series by adding new vocabulary to your ‘Quicklist’ in order to study them later. The Dictionary app allows you to add words on-the-go and do a ‘deep dive’ into the character or word when you next sit down to study.

Each character details page provides you with the pinyin, audio pronunciation and stroke animation to teach you how to write the character. You can also view radicals, common Chinese characters AND you can easily switch between simplified and traditional Chinese characters. This is incredibly useful when learning characters in depth as traditional characters can often tell us a lot about the meaning of a character.

To make sure you study each character in depth, each day you’ll see a ‘Character of the day’ on your dashboard. You can learn more about the character by completing the homework, or stretch yourself and post your homework, character practice or sentence creation on our Online Dictionary to have it checked (and corrected if necessary) by the lovely Chamcen.

Here’s our demo of the Written Chinese Dictionary app:


  • Create a flashcard quickly and study it later
  • The study goal keeps you on the straight and narrow!
  • Study a few characters every day so you don’t get overwhelmed
  • Toggling between simplified and traditional characters is handy
  • Stroke animations to help you learn to write
  • See the radicals for each character
  • View related common words for each character
  • Dictionary results page shows most useful words first
  • Study in the app and online (everything syncs!)
  • The HSK markers on character and word pages
  • Leave your own custom memory notes
  • Coloured pinyin (can also be turned off and changed to the number format, for example,  nv3)
  • View a full list of radicals by strokes
  • Create custom flashcard lists
  • Keep track of my search results
  • Get coins when you study, share or leave feedback to spend on books and flashcards

You can see a full list of the Written Chinese Dictionary features here.


  • Would love to see etymology of characters on each details page
  • Would like to share and accept flashcard lists between friends, classmates and students.
  • Would like more stories and textbooks within the app
  • Sort flashcards by Pinyin



There’s plenty of free features in the Written Chinese Dictionary, but you can purchase additional books and flashcard sets to further your studies.

Here’s a comparison of some other online Chinese learning platforms:

Written Chinese Dictionary app Free to download, In-app purchases: $0.99 – $34.99 Storybooks, flashcard sets, unlimited flashcards, OCR, bundles etc
LingQ $9.08 / $35.25 1 month Premium / 1 month Plus
Mandarin HQ $87 Unlimited / Lifetime
Skritter $14.99 / $59.99 / $99.99 1 month / 6 months / 1 year
ChinesePod $14 / $29 1 month Basic / 1 month Premium


Company: Written Chinese

Platform Type: Dictionary and flashcard study system

Free Trial: Download the Written Chinese Dictionary app

Cost: free / additional purchases $0.99 – $34.99

Why not take a look at our other language learning platform reviews and demos!


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