Put the Heart Back in Love 1.0

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Learn Chinese characters while you play.


Put the Heart Back in Love is a fast-paced wickedly thrilling catch and match game that  tests your ability to recognize patterns and challenges your reaction time!

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Using two hands, tap the love symbols to rotate them 180 degrees to match the orientation of the heart symbols that are dropping down. This requires concentration and really fast hands!

In this game the “heart” characters drop from the top. You will have to catch them properly to complete the two Chinese symbols for “love” waiting at the bottom of the screen. It’s literally putting the “heart” back into “love.” Clever, isn’t it?

No ads, so no annoyances.


No in-app purchases, so no surprises.
Displays the Best Score and the number of
games played if you sign in to Game Center.

Put the Heart Back in Love iOS game for iPhone

Full of Mandarin Chinese audio that cheers you on!


It starts with “Nǐ hěn yōu xiù” (你很優秀), meaning “You are outstanding.” Every time you catch hearts it will say “Wǒ ài nǐ” (我愛你), meaning I love you. At Game Over it will say
“Jiā yóu” (加油), meaning Go! Go!
Try again. Don’t give up.

You’ll know the Chinese symbol and character for Love by heart.

Play. Learn. Repeat.


Put the Heart Back in Love is a game that not only tests your skills and patience, but also lets you learn Chinese symbols and some cool
Mandarin phrases!

You are outstanding!


Nǐ hěn yōuxiù!

Chinese character yōu
Chinese character yōu

你 (nǐ) means “you” (singular). It’s pronounced in the third tone but if you listen to Chinese say it, it sometimes sounds like it’s pronounced in the second tone. Traditionally, 你 (nǐ), with the “human” (人) radical, is for males or both males and females and 妳 (nǐ), with the “female” (女) radical, is specifically for females. In simplified Chinese, only 你 (nǐ) is used.


To make 你 (nǐ) plural, simply add the 們 (pronounced mén or men) character to form 你們 (nǐmen). The 們 character has the “human” (人, rén) radical, just like 你 (nǐ), and next to 人 is the “door” (門, mén) character. You can add 們 to form the plural: 我 (wǒ), I, plus 們 is 我們 (wǒmen), meaning we; 他 (tā), he, or 她 (tā), she, plus 們 becomes 他們 (tāmen), all male or some male and some female, or, 她們 (tāmen), all female.


們 is pronounced just like 門. Though not always correct, sometimes you can guess the pronunciation of a Chinese character by following this saying: 有邊讀邊,沒邊讀中間 (Yǒu biān dú biān, méi biān dú zhōngjiān), meaning “read the side if any; read the middle part if there is no side.” This is the case for this character. Maybe you can remember this character that makes words plural this way: A man stands next to the door. The door represents the way to a room full of people.


很 (hěn) means very, quite, highly.


優秀 or 优秀 (yōu xiù) means outstanding, great, superior, exceptional, excellent, distinctive, superior.

Chinese characters for I love you (wǒ ài nǐ)

我 (wǒ) means I, me, my. Think of the lament “Woe is me.” So, wǒ is me.


愛 (ài) means love, affection, to love, to be fond of or keen on, to treasure, to be apt to.


你 (nǐ) means you.


The traditional character for love, 愛 (ài), has a top to bottom structure consisting of several parts.


The very top is 爪 (zhǎo), meaning claw. Then 冖 (mì), represents a cover. Then 心 (xīn), meaning heart. The bottom is 夊 (suī), meaning to walk slowly.


Maybe the meaning of love is to capture (claw) and protect (cover) one’s heart and take the time to walk with the person through thick and thin. It’s a great concept, isn’t it?

Chinese characters jiā yóu

Literally, 加油 (jiā yóu) means adding oil or pumping gasoline. The expression 加油 (jiā yóu) means to make an extra effort or to keep going.


It makes sense: Adding more oil to a lamp makes it burn longer and pumping more gas in the car keeps it going.


For example: To motivate my friends when they’re running a race, I yell, 加油 (jiā yóu).

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I love you


Wǒ ài nǐ

Go! Go!



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Chinese characters for You are outstanding (Nǐ hěn yōuxiù)

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