Learning Chinese is no longer ridiculously complicated. PinYinPal teaches players to read, recognize, and define Mandarin characters in a fun, simple game.

Pinyin uses letters of the alphabet to spell out traditional Mandarin characters. Challenge your friends to a match by strategically placing your tiles on the board and score the most points. Get more points for correctly identifying the character and definition of the word you just played.
(And lose points if you don’t!) Helpful tools, such as an interactive dictionary, enable you to be a competitive opponent from the first move without any previous knowledge of Mandarin.

It’s an exciting game for both native and novice speakers. Over 1 billion people speak and read Mandarin Chinese. Aren’t you ready to be one of them?

- Truly free app.
- View the Mandarin characters during gameplay with the tap of a button.
- Word Finder feature helps you find your next word based on the letters you have in your queue.
- Dictionary feature lets you find the meaning of the word you or your opponent played, look up the Pinyin translation for Chinese into English, and hear the pronunciation of each word.

Available for the iPad and iPhone.

What’s New

Version 7.0.1

Fixed the Textfield being transparent.
Minor bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

3.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

bennybubu ,

missing letters

game is awesome. playing with my wife. but after playing about 10 games. i notice certain letters NEVER once showed up like F , V , C , K.

detroitquattro ,

No multi syllable words?

I was very excited about this game. Until... I went to play the word wèntí which means "problem". Then I realized there is a big wèntí, you cannot play multi-syllable words. Yikes. Neither can you add onto another player's word with more syllables. Jiéguǒ, you cannot use the most common words. Add these features and you have got an awesome app.

Cimle ,

Question Girl

I've always wanted to learn Chinese! This app is not only fun but very educational. What I think is another amazing aspect of the app is that players get to earn extra points with the amount of correct chinese characters they can identify.

App Privacy

The developer, Chinese Character a Day Foundation, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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