To use HanziHero, you need to register for an account. Anyone can create an account, it is completely free of charge. HanziHero has an extensive free tier with no time limit, allowing you to learn hundreds of characters, components, and words to get a feel for how the application works. When you create an account, you are automatically on the free tier.
First, navigate to the account registration page. Next, fill in your email, username, and password, then click Create an account to create your account.
Chinese characters use two different scripts, simplified and traditional. So before you start learning Chinese characters, you will first have to select which character script you would like to learn.
It is recommended, by ourselves and most Chinese teachers, to focus on a single script when learning characters. The script you choose lies in your own interests and motivations for learning Chinese.
If you are interested in Mainland China and its media, or otherwise are learning Chinese for the sake of perhaps one day interacting with and understanding those from China, then we recommend selecting the simplified course. Another reason for choosing to study simplified characters is that it’s used daily by over a billion people!
If you are interested in Taiwan and its media, or are otherwise learning Chinese for the sake of perhaps one day interacting with those from Taiwan, we recommend selecting the traditional course. Another reason for choosing to study traditional characters is that they are more useful if you have an interest in historical Chinese texts (anything pre-1950, when simplified characters were introduced) or Classical Chinese.
If you are unsure which to choose, we recommend selecting the traditional course.
After you create your account, we’ll send you an email to verify your email address. Look for an email with the subject line “Verify your HanziHero email address”. Click that link to confirm your email address.
Once you have confirmed your email address, you will be ready to do your first lessons.