Be inspired to improve your Mandarin Chinese by reading a fresh bite-sized news article every day. Be efficient and effective.

Get free daily articles written by experienced teachers specifically for beginners and intermediates. Articles are graded by HSK level and come with tools – instant dictionary, pinyin, vocab guide and Chinese audio. Practice reading, listening and choose your own vocabulary to memorize and study 5 words a day for a guided personal journey – no more flashcard drills.

Refresh your reading skills, supplement your lessons or for fun. A bite-sized dose everyday is efficient and effective.

> "Perfect for beginners, I love the sheer variety of articles available" - Sophia
> "Simply the best method for reading acquisition, I have downloaded many apps to learn Chinese, this is one app which I will keep" - Damir
> "I find myself reading Mandarin for pleasure for the first time" - Dominic
> "I've always been intimidated and discouraged by words I don't know. Now this app makes learning so much easier!" - Angela

IMPORTANT: FREE ARTICLES ARE PUBLISHED DAILY! Access to the archive and advanced functionality requires an in-app subscription.

* Simple reads added daily
* Varied topics including China news, culture, history, proverbs
* Archive of 300+ articles *
* Suitable for beginners and intermediate at HSK 1,2,3,4,5
* Dictionary, pinyin and audio with one touch
* Save words you like for learning *
* Colour coded language hints
* Simplified and Traditional characters
* Synchronised across phone, tablet and your web browser
* Export vocab to CSV, Pleco dictionary, Skritter writing or Anki flash cards *
* Chat live, vote and see popular words
* Tracks your study progress and get intelligent word suggestions
(*limited unless upgraded via in-app subscription)

* Don't say Ni Hao to friends (HSK 1)
* Idiom: the first step is the hardest (HSK1)
* 1,700 year old dumpling found (HSK2)
* China courts convicts 99.9% of defendants (HSK3)
* Dating apps in China (HSK 4)

Free daily articles are provided to all users. The app also offers in-app purchase to unlock Decipher Unlimited, to include access to all features and content. This is a monthly auto-renewable subscription. Price varies by country, please see the app Upgrade screen. Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase. Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period, so you get seamless service. Cancel any time and you'll continue to receive access until the end of the month you've paid for.


What’s New

Version 2.7.8

Decipher Unlimited. Search, Export vocab list, Shuffle and Suggest topics. Also user interface tweaks, speed improvements and dictionary update.

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

friedricey ,

Great mandarin current affairs reader

This app is perfect if you want to read graded articles in mandarin from beginner level to advanced. The app is well constructed and works without error. The articles are current and interesting going from HSK 1 to HSK 6. It shows the article in either simplified or traditional characters with pinyin appearing if you tap the character. An explanation in English also appears with phrases or sayings getting further clarification when needed. The only additional feature I would like to see is that the articles are marked as read once you have read them. There is a small fee for the app but I consider it money well spent as long as they continue to publish new articles. Currently there is a new one almost everyday.

Pudepied ,

Great Educational Method

I think it would be difficult to learn with this app as a complete beginner, but there are plenty of excellent alternatives like Duolingo that can get you started. After doing the whole Duolingo Mandarin between two and three times I needed something else, and this is by far the best alternative I’ve come across. The option to create vocabulary lists so easily from the readings is excellent, the audio is clear, and the articles are both interesting and manageably short. My only regret is that comments from users are not moderated because some of them are inappropriate on a platform like this.

Ctew94 ,

So refreshing!

This clear and well designed app is perfect if you want to expand both your vocabulary and topics. Bit annoying that they've just introduced a subscription fee for unlimited content, but it just shows how good the app is and how popular is has become.


Decipher Chinese Language Learning Ltd
9.6 MB

Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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