The Story of Adeline Yen Mah

Letter to my subscribers

Dear Subscriber,

Happy New Year!

I have been remiss in sending you weekly Chinese lessons because I was developing an iPad game during the major part of 2012. Its title is PinYinPal.

My husband Bob, nephew Larry and I created PinYinPal to teach Chinese for free over the internet. Hopefully, you will find PinYinPal to be a useful and fascinating educational tool for a long time to come.

PinYinPal will be released by Apple on January 17th, 2013.  It is the only Mandarin Chinese word game played with letters of the alphabet.  And it’s free.

To learn more about PinYinPal, please click on

We have exciting news.

This morning, we were informed that PinYinPal has been nominated to be a part of MacWorld’s iFan Favorite App contest. The only way that PinYinPal can win the grand prize is if you vote for our app on the MacWorld Facebook page. Please follow these simple instructions below:

1) Vote for PinYinPal to be MacWorld’s iFan Favorite App here:

Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Vote! One vote per entry per person. Voting concludes at the end of the month.

2) “Like” us on Facebook ( so you can see how we’re doing!

3) Tell all of your friends on Facebook that you can’t wait for PinYinPal to arrive in the App Store on January 17th!

It’s a pleasure and privilege to be your friend and teacher. Let us create something wonderful together.


Best wishes and Happy New Year

Adeline Yen Mah

Something about the wily eunuch Zhao (Cont’d 3)

Most of them were frightened of the eunuch and said it was a horse. (They were right to be scared – Zhao later punished all those who had dared to call it a deer) The phrase pointing to a deer and calling it a horse has become a well-known proverb in the Chinese language. It describes a situation where right and wrong are deliberately mixed up.

82- Something about the wily eunuch Zhao (Cont’d 1)

One day, Eunuch Zhao presented a deer to the Second Emperor at court, all the time pointing to the animal and calling it a horse. The Emperor laughed in disbelief and asked the ministers

around him for their opinion.