Pinyinpal was referenced along with several other Chinese language learning apps in this Business Traveller Article:
Because each Chinese word is a picture, there is no association between Chinese words and their pronunciation. Pinyin gives each Chinese character its sound.
In 1605 AD, the Jesuit priest Matteo Ricci first used the alphabet to denote the pronunciation of Chinese words.
In 1958 AD, the Chinese linguist Zhou周 You友 Guang光 standardized the pinyin spelling of Chinese characters. He is called the Father of Pinyin.
In 2013, Bob, Larry and I developed the game PinyinPal. It is the first scrabble- like Chinese word game played with letters of the alphabet.
On February 27th, I flew to Beijing to visit the Father of PinYin, Zhou周 You有 Guang光, presented him with an iPad and showed him our game PinyinPal.
Attached is a video memorializing my visit to the 108-year-old `Father of PinYin’.
Video Documentary of Adeline Yen Mah and Zhou Youguang
2013 年 2 月 10 日-馬嚴君玲在舊金山舉行的MacWorld大展中介紹唯一的免費中文學習遊戲軟體拼音伙伴
Imore Rene Ritchie Feb 13, 2013 – “I really like these kinds of apps, and this approach to education. Teaching is in desperate need of innovation.”
Apple’N’Apps Feb 5 2013-“There are simply some things you don’t expect, but as soon as you see them, you know they’re such good ideas”
Apps Gone Free Feb 5 2013-“Hence, PinYinPal is a friend that helps you learn Chinese using the pinyin writing system — a friend that happens to be in the form of a word game.”
Dom Esposito Jan 2 2013-Demo of PinYinPal
Stuart Dredge Jan 31 2013-“A clever idea that looks good for anyone learning Chinese”
KTSF 26 Feb 1 2013- Interview with Dr. Mah
Learning Mandarin just got easier thanks to PinYinPal, a spin-off of the popular word game Words With Friends.