chinese typing practice

Chinese Typing Practice: A 4-step Resource Guide to Get You Started

If you’re learning Mandarin Chinese, being proficient at typing 拼音 (pīn yīn) — Chinese romanization and 汉字 (hàn zì) — Chinese characters is essential.

Being able to speak and understand Mandarin is important, but if you plan on really communicating with other Mandarin speakers online, it’s time to up your Chinese typing game.

Luckily, we’ve put together a guide just for you, packed with resources to take you from novice typist to proficiency more easily and efficiently.


1. Get a Mandarin Chinese Keyboard

Mandarin Chinese typing practice requires a Chinese keyboard. 

Virtual Chinese keyboards can be installed on a host of varying devices and operating systems, allowing you to quickly and easily input hanzi by typing out a particular character’s pinyin and selecting the correct hanzi from a list.

From pre-installed keyboards already available on your mobile devices to Chinese keyboard apps that you can download on your Android or iOS devices: Chinese typing is quite literally at your fingertips to start practicing.

2. Take an Online Typing Test

What better way to bring your typing skills up to speed than by taking one of these online typing tests as part of your Chinese typing practice routine?

10 Fast Fingers Simplified Chinese


This simplified online Chinese typing test has a fairly simple interface. 

You have the opportunity to take their one-minute typing test, practice in multiplayer mode, or design your own custom typing test.

To take the typing test, simply type out the pinyin for the highlighted characters.

If you successfully translate the hanzi, the characters turn green and you’ll move on to the next characters.

If you’re incorrect, they’ll turn red and you’ll advance to the next set of characters anyway.

This test also analyzes your typing speed as well as the number of characters you translated correctly.

And, it’s also free to use!


This program isn’t quite a Chinese typing test, but it certainly can be used as one.

Simply begin typing a word in pinyin and select the correct hanzi for the word by pressing 1, 2, 3, etc.

Start a timer on your phone and begin typing as much hanzi as you know, or try to translate a page written in hanzi.

This can be handy for learners on the go who may not want to install a Chinese keyboard on their computer or device, but still want to add typing practice into their Mandarin learning routine to see how they improve over time.

Key Hero


This Chinese typing test assesses one’s speed and accuracy at typing in Chinese.

Similar to 10 Fast Fingers, you type the correct pinyin for the displayed hanzi.

The main difference is that you’ll have the opportunity to correct yourself if you miss a character. You can do this during the test by pressing the backspace key.

In addition, different parts of the test are color-coded for efficiency.

3. Take Courses That Include Typing and/or Writing in Chinese

Taking a course that includes writing Chinese characters is an additional resource for further improving your typing skills.

It will also help improve your Chinese reading and writing as well as provide accuracy skills when typing Chinese characters.

EasyMandarin Hanzi Course


EasyMandarin Chinese Language School has a host of Chinese courses that can be beneficial to your Chinese typing practice.

One such course is their hanzi course, which puts a special focus on reading and writing.

Learners will be taught hanzi writing skills, which include both typing and handwriting.

Beginners will learn basic words, such as food items, street signs, and numbers.

Intermediate learners will learn internet lingo and common Chinese words seen on television.

Advanced learners will be taught how to write and read legal and business-related documents.

All levels of this course are designed with the HSK (Chinese Proficiency Exam) in mind as well.

In addition, you have the option of taking this course one-on-one with a teacher or in a private group.

Beginner, intermediate and advanced learners are all accepted for this course and you can choose the course start times to suit your schedule.

Chinese Characters for Beginners


This online course is offered by Peking University via Coursera and is designed specifically with the beginner learner in mind.

Throughout the course, you’ll be taught basic Chinese stroke elements, 1200 basic Chinese words, and 240 common Chinese characters.

Exercises in this class involve translating English and pinyin into hanzi. 

Some course content is available for free, but if you buy Coursera Premium, you can access the course in its entirety.

4. Practice Chinese Handwriting and Reading

As you practice writing characters out by hand—using the proper stroke order—you’ll find that you’ve memorized hanzi and their respective pinyin.

Repetition is the best form of practice. Plus, becoming familiar with writing Chinese characters is an ideal skill to have in the long run.

To get you started, here are a few printable writing sheets to help you practice writing in Chinese:

Do I Need to Learn Chinese Typing?

As we mentioned above, if you want to connect with others online in Mandarin Chinese, it’s essential to learn how to type in Chinese.

Additionally, applying for jobs that require Mandarin language skills or taking on opportunities to study abroad provides additional benefits if you’re able to type in Chinese successfully: opening a whole new world to you.


There are so many great resources out there to help you become proficient at Chinese typing, and this guide is your stepping stone to get started!

Good luck with your language learning journey and keep on typing!

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