Best Chinese screensaver for learning words 🖥

I built the best simple, modern, and high-quality Chinese 'word of the day' screensaver for macOS to help with learning Mandarin.

It works by displaying Mandarin Chinese words, alongside English definitions.

As well, it also displays the pinyin and tones. So, when my computer goes to sleep, the monitor switches the screensaver on and I can still learn new words as I walk by.

It also serves as a useful reminder throughout the day to keep learning.


*More information on HSK levels can be found here (opens in a new tab). New HSK 1 - 9 lists coming soon.

How to get started

  1. Download the screensaver (opens in a new tab), unzip it, and double click on the .saver file.
  2. Select HSK list you want to learn in macOS Settings
  3. (Optional) Set a hot corner to activate the screen saver (opens in a new tab)

This project was inspired by Apple's Word of the Day screensaver built into the Mac (which unfortunately only supports English and Japanese).

I've also open-sourced all of the code and files/resources for this screensaver on GitHub (opens in a new tab).

If you think of any improvements or run into issues, feel free to create an issue on GitHub (opens in a new tab) (or even contribute to it!).

Best of luck on your language-learning journey.

Last Updated: Tue May 16 2023



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