Hanyu is an easy program to practice Chinese hanzi characters, and pinyin.
There are many such programs, but Hanyu has the following advantages :
The last two items make it practical to run this app on machines where you can't (or don't want to) install too many things, and/or
don't have administrator rights.
Using the program is very simple. You will see five hanzi characters, and one pinyin text. Move the mouse
over the character that you think has that pinyin as its pronounciation, and click. If you're right, you get a point, and new hanzi
are chosen. If you're wrong, the program will show what the right answer was. Press the "Next" button to continue.
- The hanzi set matches the course at the CLT in Leuven (as of 2004-2005).
If that's not where you study, the program can still be useful because the hanzi roughly
follow the progress in the New Practical Chinese Reader 1 textbook;
- A separate hanzi set follows the beginner course at TongJi DaXue in Shanghai (as of 2005-2006).
These follow the progress in the Hanyu Jiaocheng textbook;
- You can focus on particular lessons, or skip characters your class hasn't seen yet;
- You don't need to have a Chinese font on your computer;
- You don't need any other downloads, such as a Java SDK or things like that;
You can also reverse this quiz : you will get five pinyin words, and only one hanzi. To use this mode, click on the "Ask pinyin" radio button in the lower right.
As a "bonus", you can also..
WARNING !!! It is very well possible that there are mistakes in this program. Always use your
coursebook or dictionary to learn; only use this program to practice after you learned. Don't blame me if you
fail an exam because the program lied to you.
The Mac OS X version is experimental : it may or may not work, the installer may or may not work, you may or may not have to
- Do a quiz asking the tones, with or without pinyin as a hint;
- Play a game where you need to answer faster and faster to stay in the race;
- Practice Japanese hiragana and katakana;
Please note: I don't have access to a Mac in Shanghai, so the Mac version is stuck at 1.4 for now. This means no TongJi DaXue support at the moment :(
If the mac version complains about "image not found", download and extract this file to /usr/local/lib
If you can't get to /usr/local/lib using the Finder, then put the extracted file on your desktop, open a Terminal window, and type the following :|
cp /Users/yourname/Desktop/libfreetype.6.dylib .
where yourname is your login name. Note the "space and a dot" at the end of the last line !
Screenshot of this operation (the error is from a machine that already has the file).
- Programming: Bert Peers
- Background artwork: Samwise
- CLT Year 2 data: Filip De Keersmaecker
- This program uses : libpng, zlib, freetype
- Font : Free software Foundation