Where To Start

Dear Reader,

Thank you for subscribing to my website to learn Mandarin Chinese. I will teach you.

Unlike English, Chinese is a pictorial language. Every word is a picture and needs to be memorized. This sounds difficult but the computer has made learning Chinese much, much easier. By the end of this first lesson, you will be typing Chinese characters on your own computer at home.

For those who are starting my Chinese lessons after July 1, 2010, please don’t worry. The most crucial lesson is the first lesson. After you have mastered the first lesson, you will be able to type your first letter in Chinese and you will be able to catch up with the rest of my students.

I advise you to print the Chinese lessons and words that I will be sending you. Place the printouts next to your computer and follow my directions step by step. If you do so, you will be typing a letter (or email) to me, in Chinese, at the end of this lesson.

I welcome your questions and comments. Please write to me as often as you like. I will try my best to answer you.

Good luck to you from your Chinese teacher,
Adeline Yen Mah


Chinese Character A Day is Adeline Yen Mah’s dream to teach Chinese to anyone who wants to learn the language. Two developments have made the teaching of Chinese much easier. The first is the Computer. The second is PIN 拼 YIN 音, which means Combining Sound with Shape into Syllables; or Matching Pronunciation of Chinese Characters with their Images by Using Letters of the Alphabet; or Spelling Chinese Characters.

Please think of your computer as your very own Aladdin’s lamp. In this first lesson, I will teach you how to rub your lamp so as to download the Chinese Language Option which is stored in every computer.

Let us begin: Here are seven easy steps to download the Chinese language option onto your PC if you are using Windows.