Recommended Books

Book Recommendations for learning Mandarin Chinese

We all know that learning Mandarin Chinese online is more popular nowadays and for good reasons. But sometimes you really need to hit the books and combine your resources.

Find the perfect books for a fun and easy learning process

A. Learning Chinese Book Recommendations for all levels

We believe that our Online Mandarin Chinese Characters Dictionary is best used with the most reliable and helpful books designed for successfully learning Mandarin Chinese and passing the HSK or other Chinese language examinations such as TOCFL and CEFR.

Keep in mind that we may earn commissions when you click our links and make purchases. However, this does not impact our discussions, associations and recommendations. We strive to keep things fair and balanced to help you make the best choice for yourself.

B. Book recommendations for Beginners

Have you recently decided that learning Mandarin Chinese is something you want to do and don’t know where to start? We are pleased to tell you that you have come to the right place.

Keep in mind that the basics are always the hardest parts of learning a new language and possibly a very different one from the ones that you already know. With that in mind, we wish you luck and conscientiousness in your learning journey!

C. Book recommendations for Intermediate Learners

Planning on acing the HSK 3 or 4 examinations or similar tests? Look no further! This is a list of books that can help you achieve just that.

This selection of books is addressed to those of you planning to take the HSK 3 or4 examinations and is filled with interesting learning materials that help you achieve a top score in your endeavour. Good luck and don’t forget to have fun while learning the beautiful Mandarin Chinese language!

D. Book recommendations for Advanced Learners

Preparing for the HSK 5 or HSK 6 exams? No worries, we got you covered. Pick from our specially selected books and score as much as possible on your advanced Mandarin Chinese test.

Our selection includes books that focus primarily on reading and listening for the advanced learner of Mandarin Chinese, as well as books that we consider to be very useful and interesting for you given the cultural topics that they present such as Chinese literature and society as well as contemporary films.

One of the essential things you need to do in order to understand and communicate like a native Mandarin speaker is learning to recognize and use Chinese characters and familiarise yourself with the basics of word formation and usage.

Our Dictionary’s main advantage is that instead of throwing random characters at you to memorize, it takes the time to break down each of the words into more basic elements. You will learn about the word’s etymology, stroke number, and pronunciation, practice writing it, and read and listen to sentences that best exemplify how natives use the words in everyday contexts.

This helps you develop a better understanding of the morphology of the Chinese language and enables you to learn about the history and evolution of the words of your pleasing.

Search Box

Use the search box near the menu to browse the dictionary for words by typing their Hanzi, Pinyin or English translations.

Dictionary Pop-up

A simple and practical explanatory pop-up for the words showing the Pinyin with audio pronunciation and English meanings of the word .

Write it!

Practice your Chinese writing skills and learn precisely where and when to draw every stroke of over 8000 words that compile the dictionary.

Audio Assistance

All the Chinese words and sentences in the Temple are accompanied by audio pronunciations that help you step up your Mandarin learning game.


Extensive etymological details of the words, such as formation types with their explanation, radicals contained, hints for easy learning & more.

Sentence examples

Broaden your vocabulary by interacting with over 24000 audio-assisted sentences using Chinese words in different contexts.

A Boy and his Dragon

Once upon a time, a Little Boy was living in a village near the woods. One day, a Dragon came out of the cave secluded in the middle of the forest and began to relentlessly follow the Little Boy, always breathing on the back of his neck, burning the young boy at his slightest misstep.

The child received refuge in an old Temple where there were no mirrors allowed, and it was forbidden to speak of life before entering the sanctum. Ancient books, hidden rooms with unimaginable treasures and beauty beyond comprehension, became part of the boy’s new life.

Time went by until, one day, the now old young boy accidentally glimpses his own reflection in a pond. The Dragon smiled back.

Come for Knowledge. Stay for Wisdom.

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