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Learn Mandarin Chinese on iPad  by sharakarasic

sharakarasic says: Here are paid iPad apps (and free with paid upgrades) I'm testing out for studying Chinese. Would love suggestions and thoughts from students of Chinese who have delved into these apps.
sharakarasic's picks
  1. Chinese Speak Board
    Chinese Speak Board ($2.99) A board of phrases you tap to hear perfect Mandarin Chinese pronunciation. It's kind of great, but the phrases are way too sparse. Has the very basics such as "Help!" "Call the police!" "Fire!" and "Do you have a business card?" With expanded categories, more phrases, and elegant navigation, this could be a killer app for that quick trip to Taipei or Shanghai.
  2. Learn Chinese (Traditional) FlashCards for iPad
    Learn Chinese (Traditional) FlashCards for iPad ($14.99) Learn through exercises that test understanding of character sound and meaning. Choose WordFiles for animals, seasons, literature, etc. UI is a bit clunky and sometimes there are bugs such as the quiz question does not show up. Overall, a great way for a student immersed in Mandarin to practice the basics.
  3. Pleco Chinese Dictionary
    Pleco Chinese Dictionary Free but you can pay for various upgrades. @kerim, an anthropologist on Twitter told me about this. @ynzr also gives it a good review ( - "A free and fully functional English-Chinese dictionary--what's not to like. Pleco has support for both simplified and traditional characters and you can search entries by English, Pinyin, or characters. Pleco also has paid add-ons available in-app, such as audio pronunciations." Pleco supports a wide array of free and paid add-on dictionary databases, full-screen handwriting, and Chinese word document search. There is also a radical index (radicals are kind of like the roots of Chinese characters) so you can look up character by radicals. Other advanced features include handwriting input, mixed character+pinyin searches, wildcard / full-text searches, stroke order diagrams, audio pronunciation, and flashcards. If you are a serious student of Mandarin and have used this app extensively, please add your thoughts in the comments. I definitely need to play with this a lot more but it looks amazing.



I just started to (try to) learn (the beginnings of) simplified chinese using the 'iLearn Chinese' app (3.99) at the iPad. It shows the etymology of the characters (which is important to me) and helps you in writing them and pronouncing them. Only a couple of hundred characters are discussed but for the first couple of months this should do for me. I think the app is styled beautifully. Have you given this one a try? Can't find it in appolicious though, you have to search iTunes for this one.

Reply to comment Posted February 01, 2011



The best Mandarin Chinese App in stores should be 10,000 Mandarin Chinese. It contains around 10,000 most practical and authentic sentences that are widely used in the daily communication in China.

Reply to comment Posted August 31, 2013



It is a wonderful iPad app. portable dvd player

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Reply to comment Posted April 03, 2011



I am learning Mandarin and use this app on the iPad. It is excellent - especially for the price (only $4.99) The dictionary is excellent. You can search by Chinese, Pinyin, English, sound-alikes or any combination of the above. The grammar quick reference is just like having a cheat sheet with you at all times. You don't have to read through paragraphs of grammar. It breaks down grammar by topic and examples (i.e. time expressions, comparisons, etc.) The text analyzer is even better than the one in EZ-HAN for the iPhone because you can just select a word or phrase and a popup will give you the meaning, pinyin and audio pronunciation right over the word. If you are really stuck on the meaning of a paragraph, you can do a natural language translation into your language with the tap of the translate button. There is also an in depth tutorial on if you go to the Products link and look for Silk Road Tutor English. I really like it.

Reply to comment Posted May 11, 2011



I am learning Mandarin and use the EZ-HAN app on the iPhone. It is excellent and much like the Silk Road Tutor English app except for the grammar quick reference and the natural language translation. It is very useful for me as a student and I am happy with the price of $4.99.

Reply to comment Posted May 11, 2011



We just released an iPad app called Word Tracer - Learn Chinese that teaches people how to write Chinese characters. It's the result of months of hard work and we hope you like it.

Reply to comment Posted June 15, 2011



Dear learners of the Chinese language,

I am developing an iPad application that combines the spaced repetition flashcard learning method with a 3D visualization of your progress. It contains the vocabulary of the first four levels of the HSK test.

If you have an iPad 2 or the new iPad and would like to try out and help shape a new way of learning Chinese, please message me. As beta tester, you will get a free promotion code and will be mentioned in the app's credits. Your help and feedback is greatly appreciated!


Reply to comment Posted May 10, 2012



Hi Tore
I own a ipad 2 an woul be happy to provide you with feedback on youre app i it has not been released yet. If you have released the app please send me the name so I can test it out.

Reply to comment Posted July 24, 2012



Hi Tore, I would love to volunteer as a tester. I have an iPad 2. i have studied mandarin a lot and in many places, and have tried countless learn -Mandarin apps. So I think I can definitely provide some constructive feedback on your app. Let me know how and ill get right on it. Thanks for the opportunity!

Reply to comment Posted February 03, 2013



I'd like to help test your app.

Reply to comment Posted August 02, 2012



Hi all!

My 2 year old niece recently started learning Chinese and while I was researching I found something called the Diglot Weave. The Diglot Weave is a natural language learning method that simulates immersion via a weaving of the user's native language and the foreign language to be learned. I thought it would be fun to develop an iPad app that utilizes this weave to teach Chinese to English speakers. Please take the time to check it out!

Reply to comment Posted September 27, 2012