Ponddy Reader


Ponddy Reader


Resources for Teachers

What’s inside a pondlet?

A comprehensive walkthrough of the AI tools inside a pondlet and how powerful they can be.

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Teaching Material Packages

Need materials for class right away? We got you covered! Check out various pondlet collections of different levels, themes and standards.

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How to best use Reader for teaching?

Check out for a comprehensive guide on using Ponddy Reader for online Chinese teaching.

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Resources for Learners

Self-study Resources

With Ponddy Reader, you can learn, review, and explore Chinese on your own. Check out our list of self-study and test- prep reousrces.

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Ponddy Reader User Guide

Create Pondlet

Upload Text/Audio

  • Click "Create a new Pondlet" to add text.
  • Upload audio of the corresponding paragraph (support mp3, m4a, aac, and ogg format)

Pondlet Setting

  • Simplified/Traditional character and default Pinyin display
  • For easy search and management of Pondlets, manually add or allow Reader to automatically extract keyword tags.
  • Add Pondlet cover image.

Reference Information

  • If the Pondlet you created contains non-original content, please fill in the reference and copyright information.

Edit Pondlet

Edit Content

  • Choose "Edit" from the drop-down menu at the upper-right corner of Pondlet card, or click the pencil icon on top of the Pondlet detail page to edit.

Custom Word (Segmentation, Pinyin, POS & Definition)

  • Scroll down to the bottom of Step 1 page and modify the system’s default segmentation and word setting as needed.

Key View Setting

  • Key view mode allows the edit of key vocabulary and grammars.
  • Users can switch between key view/normal view through “View Settings.”
  • ✰ Users can only edit Pondlets created by themselves and cannot edit Pondlets created by others or Pondlets in the library.
  • ✰ All custom word and key view setting changes will be automatically saved.
  • ✰ If user makes edits that change the textual content featured in custom word and key view, then the relevant custom word and key view setting will be erased。

Use Pondlet

Ponddy Library

  • Massive Content

    Ponddy library has over 1000 Pondlets and Pondlet collections that are fully accessible for Standard and School plan users.Users can add Pondelts or Collections directly from the library.

  • Pondlet Collections

    Pondlets are sorted into collections based on different Chinese proficiency level systems, including AP, ACTFL, HSK, CEFR, etc., all ready-to-use for class instruction or exam prep.

  • Foundation Collection

    This collection includes 8 Pinyin Pondlets and 52 Radical Pondlets that covers introduction to pinyin and the most common radicals. The Pondlets can be used for teaching or self-study to lay a solid Chinese foundation for students.

  • English Translation

    All Pondlets in the Ponddy Library now come with English translations so that students can better understand the content during self-study.

Add Pondlet

  • Enter the Pondlet detail page by clicking on a card or shared link, then click “Add Pondlet” to view complete Pondlet content.

Add Collection

  • Add a collection and view its full content in the “Added Collection” page. You may find the adding option on the upper-right corner of the collection card or on the collection detail page.

Share Pondlet/Collection


  • Share Pondlets via social platforms, links, and QR codes. You may find the “Share” in the upper-right menu of the Pondlet card or the Pondlet detail page.
  • When sharing a self-created Pondlet, all settings (including the key view, custom word settings, resources, self-created exercises, etc.) will also be shared along with the Pondlet.


  • Find "Share Collection" in the upper-right menu of the collection, and share the collection with a link or QR code.

Pondlet Features

Vocabulary/Grammar Leveling

  • Users can choose to show only the content of certain levels by choosing the levels on the content, vocabulary and grammars page.

Built-in dictionary

  • Click on a word in the content to view the definition and example sentences.

Character/Word/Radical Ponds

  • Ponddy Reader uses AKLS technology to build character/word/radical association networks (Ponds). Users can view the difficulty level, frequency of use, and usage examples for better retention and mastery of a character/word/radical.

Grammar Videos

  • 50 important built-in grammar points now come with animated grammar explanation videos for convenient review and self-study.

My Pond

  • Users can save vocabulary and grammar points to "My Pond" for personal use. (You can find your saved vocabulary and grammar in "My Pond" from the user menu).

Supplementary Resources

  • Standard and School users can upload up to 30 files as Pondlet supplementary material. Supported resources type include text, PDF, image, video, audio, and self-built vocabulary glossary.


  • Pondlets in Ponddy Library come with built-in gamified exercises.
  • Auto-generated exercises

    Choose the focus words and grammar in your Pondlet, and you can automatically generate corresponding gamification exercises in an instant.

  • Group Play mode

    Users can create and join group exercises. By entering a group code, results of the participants will be shown on the scoreboard, making it easy for teachers to assign homework or for friends to compete with each other.

  • Create Tests

    Teachers can use focus sentences in their lessons to create Pondlets, and generate exercises as test questions instantly by selecting words and grammars in key view mode. Pondlets can be shared via links with students to allow online, real-time evaluation of students’ performance.

Related Pondlet Recommendation

  • Ponddy Reader uses AKLS AI technology to recommend Pondlets that meet your needs.
  • Ponddy Suggest

    Select theme and level and the system will recommend Pondlets that meet your selected criteria.

  • Related Pondlets

    Pondlets that are similar to the current Pondlet.

Teaching Material Packages

Simplified Traditional

How to best use Reader for teaching

Self-study Resources

How to best use Reader for learning

Improve Listening and Reading Skills

  • Listen to the recordings in the “Main Content” and try to guess the reading’s meaning.
    • Click on unfamiliar words in the reading to know how the words are used in context with the dictionary’s help.

Review and Expand Vocabulary

  • Use the filter function in “Main Content” to switch off words that are not in your target level. Skim through the reading to find unfamiliar words. This practice helps expand your vocabulary in a short amount of time.
    • Click on a word or phrase to activate Ponds and expand your knowledge. You can quickly check for any possible key points you’ve missed. (When opening Ponds, please make sure to switch off words that are above your level.)
      • Word Pond

        Allows you to find words or phrases that often appear together in different contexts. You can quickly identify unfamiliar words and learn how they are used.

      • Character Pond

        You can learn how a character is used extensively to form other words or phrases. You can identify unfamiliar words or phrases and quickly gain a better understanding of how to use them.

      • Radical Pond

        You can see how a radical is used extensively to form other characters. Use the radical pond to identify unfamiliar characters and improve your memory when learning new characters.

      • Click on “Exercises.” Then, use "Word Puzzle," "Match the Meaning," and "Drag to Match," to test your vocabulary learning result.

Improve Grammar Mastery

  • Click on “Grammar” and use the filter function to display grammar points of your target levels.
    • Read the grammar explanations and the sample sentences (that come with recordings) carefully to fully understand the usages.
      • Click on “Exercises” and check your learning results with “Drag to Fill” and “Word Arrangement.”

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