Chinese Word and Pinyin Crossword Puzzles
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Puzzle-solving is an active type of learning and will help engage students with the Chinese words more than passive types of review techniques. This tool allows you to create customizable Chinese word/sentence and Pinyin crossword puzzles based on the Chinese words and sentences that you are teaching or learning.

For Pinyin puzzles, it is recommended to use compound words, rather than single characters, to create the crossword puzzles because the Pinyin of single characters could be too short to create a typical crossword puzzle.

For Chinese word and sentence crossword puzzles, it is recommended to use 3 to 7 entries and make sure there are 2 or more shared characters between any two words or sentences. Otherwise, the words or sentences won't be crossed.

Like other Arch Chinese tools, you can simply load a vocab list and click the Print button to generate a crossword puzzle. If the vocab list has many entries, only up to ten of the entries will be used. For Pinyin puzzles, if a puzzle cannot be made with the entered vocab list, the system may also insert a random word from the Chinese-English dictionary to make it possible.



Pinyin Crossword Puzzle Maker Options  Last-used  Reset

Paper Size:        Letter (8.5 X 11 inch)    A4 (210 X 297 mm)
Puzzle Type:
       Pinyin Puzzle    
       Chinese Word/Sentence Puzzle (no punctuation marks or spaces!)
Puzzle Clues:
       Chinese   
       English (Pinyin if Chinese word puzzles for advanced learners)   
       Chinese and English (English if Chinese word puzzles for advanced learners)
 Generate the answer sheet along with the puzzle sheet
 Ingore pinyin tone marks
 Use random words from the Chinese-English dictionary if needed.
 Provide the letters on the puzzle sheet for the word(s) pulled from the Chinese-English dictionary
Preferred Chinese Script:        Simplified       Traditional

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To create a crossword puzzle:
  1. Load a vocabulary list from your Saved Vocab Lists box by clicking the name link (rather than the checkbox).
  2. Go to the Settings section to select the puzzle type, either word puzzle or Pinyin puzzle, and adjust the remaining settings as needed.
  3. Click the Print button to generate a crossword puzzle sheet. If you are not happy with the generated puzzle sheet, click the Print button again to generate a new one. You may need to edit the entries as needed to ensure there are shared Chinese characters or Pinyin letters among the entries.