These days, there are apps for just about everything, let along apps for learning Mandarin Chinese. Chinese apps could be an awesome addition to your learning toolbox, right alongside Chinese shows, textbooks, songs, and movies!
Top apps for you to learn Chinese
1. Standard Mandarin
Standard Mandarin Apps, Source
Standard Mandarin specializes in getting your pronunciation right and even tells you which facial muscles to choose—so you can really work at getting rid of your foreign accent. Remember, Chinese is a tonal language, so mispronunciations may put you in a more embarrassing situation than using the wrong grammar. This is free to download and a good in-depth guide to speaking Mandarin Chinese correctly.
ChineseSkill Mobile App, Source
ChineseSkill is a free app that’s great for beginners. The design and interface are really cute, featuring a panda, of course. Also, the content is designed according to categories like food, numbers, and colors—so you get the learning in a rather systematic way while having some fun.
Duolingo App, Source
Duolingo is taking on the Chinese language, launching a course for those hoping to learn the basics of Mandarin. Lessons are comprised of various matching and translation exercises which also focus on things like grammar and tones.
Pleco App, Source
Pleco is free to download for both iOS and Android users, which can be used offline. What’s great about Pleco is being able to look up words using your phone’s camera or from a still image, which makes this great for translating on-the-go. You can also look up words by drawing on the screen.
Fluent U Web Interface, Source
FluentU takes a huge collection of real-world Chinese videos—like music videos, commercials, news, and inspiring talks—and turns it into personalized and engaging language learning experiences. Thanks to the diverse range of content here, you’re guaranteed to find something for your skill level, preferred learning style, and personal interests.
Anki App, Source
Anki, a powerful and effective flashcard program that is free, multi-platform and open-source for acing your vocabulary. Anki uses a spaced repetition program that is believed to greatly improve how you remember new words. You can download stacks of flashcards from Anki, or create your own deck. Android users get to download Anki for free, while iOS users pay around $24.99.
Skritter Apps, Source
Skritter is an app for those of you looking to get serious about your Chinese writing. It’s available for iOS, Android and desktop users. It also uses a spaced repetition algorithm. And not only that, but the program also makes you write the characters from scratch all the time, so you are truly practicing and getting all that proper writing practice that you need. If you want to take your learning beyond conversation and comprehension, then this app may be just what you need.
If you're interested in learning Chinese, the above apps are all worth a try. Who knows, maybe you're the next Chinese master!