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Arch Chinese Mini-Review: Meh. Could Be Better, Could Be Worse

Arch Chinese
2.5 
Price: Freemium, with paid plans starting at $49.99/half year
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Arch Chinese is a website that offers teaching resources and learning tools. With a paid membership, you can customize a variety of worksheets for yourself or your students, such as character practice grids, multiple choice quizzes, true or false questions, sentence scrambles, and dozens more.

The website is also a dictionary, with stroke order animations and native-speaker recordings for each entry. You can read about the radicals, components, parts of speech, similar-looking words, measure words, and words that have the same pronunciation. One thing worth mentioning is the Mandarin Chinese Tone Drill section that helps you practice differentiating between 4 of the 5 Mandarin tones.

The website doesn’t seem to have put a lot of effort into aesthetics, but functionally Arch Chinese might be a useful tool for teachers of school-age kids. However, you could also create similar templates yourself in Microsoft Word, or use a textbook with exercises that follow a curriculum — you’ll have to check it out yourself to decide if it’s something worth investing in.

Arch Chinese may also be useful for individual learners who are dying to use hard-copy worksheets. If you don’t find yourself in this category, then maybe check out Skritter to effectively learn Chinese characters, or Pleco to memorize words on your phone — then you can use Hanzi Grids for free when you really want to write out the characters by hand.

The current rating is our best estimate. We haven’t had the opportunity yet to more thoroughly evaluate this resource, as we do for our full reviews.

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