Applications or apps are a super useful tool for learning languages. They are portable, free or inexpensive, easy to use and can even have a game-like structure. That’s why we leave you with 10 of the best apps to learn Mandarin Chinese.
It is one of the most complete Chinese-English dictionaries and perhaps the most famous. It also has character recognition system with the camera (OCR) and text recognition in other apps, direct on-screen handwriting recognition, flashcards system, word pronunciation, character writing order and file reading. It is free with more complete paid versions.
Memrise is one of the best applications to memorize vocabulary. It has courses to learn several languages, including Mandarin Chinese, some courses are official and others are created by users. Memrise is like a game; once you subscribe to a course, you advance levels and earn points, the more points you have the higher your rank will be. The official courses have up to 6 learning modes: Classic Review, Quick Review, Difficult Words, Learn with Speakers, Pronunciation and Listening. It is free with the option to unlock additional learning modes.
Duolingo is an application that allows you to learn Chinese from scratch. Its courses are well structured and it pays attention to both vocabulary and grammar. Duolingo is also like a game, where you collect ingots and trade them for upgrades to your profile, plus it has social options like creating groups. Free with advanced paid version available.
ChineseSkill is a well-structured app for learning from scratch. The application is divided into topics, from basic to advanced, and first it will help you memorize a group of words, then with these words it will give you exercises to apply them in sentences. ChineseSkill also works as a game. Two of its most outstanding features are: It pays attention to writing and learning characters (other apps don’t) and it allows you to test your pronunciation of words and complete sentences.
TrainChinese is a comprehensive dictionary. Each dictionary entry contains its meaning, pinyin, audio, character spelling and usage examples. Its dictionary function is free and a paid version with more features is available.
HelloChinese is another very good option to start learning Chinese from scratch. It has structured learning levels, character writing, text reading, audio and video exercises, among other functions. It is free with paid features.
This app allows you to find the perfect language partner. With a language partner you not only learn Mandarin Chinese, you also learn part of their culture. This app has options such as a wall, private chat, direct translation, phrase correction, create study groups, search for nearby partners, among others. It is free with paid features.
8. Xiami music (虾米音乐)
Xiami is a free Chinese music streaming application. Like other music listening apps, it is possible to view song lyrics in karaoke mode, which helps in vocabulary acquisition, improve listening comprehension and even pronunciation, one of the advantages over other similar apps is that it can be used outside China. Other similar apps are QQ Music and 酷狗.
9. Du Chinese.
Du Chinese is an excellent application for reading texts in different levels of difficulty. In each text it is possible to choose the difficulty, reading speed, traditional Chinese or simplified Chinese, save words, see pinyin, see the meaning of complete sentences and specific words, among others. It highlights the variety of topics it handles and has good material for more advanced levels. Du Chinese is a paid application with a short trial period.
Zizzle is an English application that is based on teaching Chinese by building stories for each character. After showing you the story to remember the character you will have a short evaluation about its meaning, tone, pinyin and writing. It has basic to advanced level character lists and its interface is very user friendly. Zizzle is a paid application with a short trial period.
What applications do you use, what are your favorites and why?