Chinese Character A Day began as Adeline Yen Mah’s dream to teach Mandarin Chinese to anyone who wishes to learn. Our site offers everyone space where they can customize their learning experience to suit their needs.

The lessons are based on Adeline’s book, “China Land of Dragons and Emperors,” where she features the beautiful and dynamic culture and traditions of China. The book is available to new subscribers and can be downloaded for free.

Adeline has received numerous accolades for her books, including the Children’s Literature Council of Southern California award in 2000 for her autobiography, Chinese Cinderella.

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PinYinPal is a free mobile game created by the Chinese Character A Day Foundation. The app is designed to make learning the Chinese language easier.

Players will learn how to read, recognize, and define Mandarin characters through a fun and simple game of Chinese Scrabble. The game uses letters of the alphabet to spell out Mandarin characters.

Are you feeling a little competitive? Challenge your friends to a match where every tile you place on the board accounts for a point. Correctly identifying the character and the definition of the word scores you more points. Helpful tools, including an interactive dictionary, can help you turn the tide in your favor.

PinYinPal is available on iOS devices. Get it from the App Store by clicking here.


Miracle Cards is a free, multi-level online game you can play from your web browser. This card matching game has six levels that help you learn Mandarin Chinese. 

In the game, players must choose the card that matches the Chinese word shown on the screen. Players who get the right answer earn points, plus some extra for speed and accuracy. Challenge yourself and earn the top spot in the leaderboards by going through all levels of increasing difficulty.

Are you ready to take on the challenge? Click here to play Miracle Cards.

Our site offers readers a free email subscription where they will receive one Chinese character each day. The mails include bite-sized lessons about one character. Through the emails, readers will learn how to define, read, and write hundreds of Chinese characters.

We cover a wide range of topics, including a 5-day challenge that provides subscribers a glance at the beautiful world of Mandarin Chinese. Our lessons also cover topics such as countries, numbers, fruits, basic Chinese, and HSK Chinese.

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Here at Chinese Character A Day, we celebrate the importance and impact that history has on the development of our language, culture, and traditions. 

China has a rich history full of advancements and timeless literary masterpieces. It is also packed with stories of sacred and magical creatures such as the Azure Dragon, Vermillion Bird, White Tiger, and the Black Tortoise.

Dive into the beautiful world of China and embark on a journey you will never forget. Click here to jumpstart your adventure.