Hanzi Master

"Where you will master the Hanzi."



Hanzi Master ("Hanzim") is a Chinese character learning-aid program for Mac, Windows, and iPad. It is designed to help you memorize characters and words by letting the structure they share work for you instead of against you.

  • In the main window, characters with the same radical, phonetic component, or pronunciation as a character of interest are shown in the bottom three panels. Words utilizing the character are displayed to the left and right.

  • Hanzim also includes a reader window where Chinese text can be loaded or pasted in and read with pop-up annotations.

  • A search window pops up to allow you to find characters by individual components, and search for words based on pronunciation with or without tone information.

In addition, Hanzim functions as a fast, easy dictionary: you can look up characters by Mandarin pinyin, Cantonese jyutping, radical, or English definition. Or paste a character from a browser or other place on your desktop for an instant view.

You can also test yourself with flashcards, see the historical development of a character, listen to its pronunciation, and display its stroke order.


Hanzim 3.7 is currently available for Mac OS X, Windows XP or above, and Linux. An iPad version is also available.




Updated April 2013