The Chairman’s Bao [TCB] is the most comprehensive source to learn Chinese online, with our news-based graded reader for students of Chinese language. TCB publishes 1,600 lessons each year from HSK levels 1-6+ (up to six daily) and the TCB Library now has 7,000+ lessons for you to easily learn from!

Key platform features:
o NEW: Chinese Legends series
o NEW: Beginner Videos series
o NEW: Listening comprehension exercises
o NEW & IMPROVED: Reading comprehension exercises
o Simplified and traditional
o Learning Hub for vocab study
o Dark mode for night-time study
o Cross-device harmonisation (Website and App)
o Interactive live dictionary
o Graded spoken audio
o Stroke order and character writing
o Tailored keywords
o Grammatical explanations

Dependable. Highly experienced native writing team, all with teaching backgrounds. Content is guaranteed by a stringent 7-point editorial process.

Volume and Variety. 1,600 lessons published every year across 15 categories, with a library of over 7,000 lessons. Tailored to all HSK levels.

Motivated study
Inspire self-motivated study. Engaging content that encourages little and often study, facilitated by cross-platform integration.

Lesson categories include: Only in China, Business, Popular Culture, Technology, Nature, Sport - and much more!

One sample lesson at each level is always available for free and TCB offers a Premium service for paid subscribers.

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What’s New

Version 7.2.900

Some minor bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
117 Ratings

117 Ratings

Zhangwei_ctb ,

Great practice

Extensive reading is a great way to improve Chinese skills. The vocabulary list and grammar points at the end are very helpful. I also like the audio play tool to listen back either before or after reading.

You can tap on a word to see the pinyin and translation but it’s not a good idea to do it too often as it can become a crutch that will weaken instead of strengthening your reading skill.

You can also have the pinyin between the lines of text but I don’t choose that as I find it distracting and I want to build my character reading skill.

My Chinese teacher would use news stories in some of her classes. That was a great relief from the textbook but there were just too many new words and characters, sometimes a whole sentence was basically incomprehensible and the class became a hard slog. Those lessons would have been way better had she used this app!

Overall a great practice tool with interesting stories to motivate you to do some reading. The fact that the pieces are quite short helps as you can read a whole story in a few spare minutes or as part of a class.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for the fantastic and detailed feedback, Zhangwei! We are glad that you are having such a positive experience of using TCB in your lessons. Wishing you all the best in your continued Mandarin studies! Team TCB.

Ibrahim0517 ,

Love it!

This app is amazing. I am a high school student and I love to read the news, learn Chinese and integrate with the culture. I have a more expanded vocabulary and in lessons I can use extended words. There should be a option to read all the text in English as it is hard to understand what the sentence means in terms of rejigging the sentence using the sentence structure.

Hi. This is an edit! Could you maybe give a full text translation for when it's been marked as read so that I can go back to it and see what it said! Thanks

Developer Response ,

Thank you for the great feedback! We have steered clear of English translations to promote comprehension in the target language, however we will consider this for lower levels in the future. All the best for your continued studies! Thanks - Team TCB.

amazingmungoband ,

I would give it 5 stars but the current version is unusable for me

In the current version you can’t toggle between simplified/traditional, pinyin/pinyin. When you press the button the layout switches, but when you let go it switches back. I would like to read simplified characters with no pinyin, currently I can’t. 4 stars because apart from this glitch this is a truly amazing app. Please please please fix the glitch. Many thanks for the hard work you must put into this app :-)

Update. The simplified vs traditional and pinyin toggles work fine now. However the latest version of the app keeps crashing. The content is still amazing though. Thanks to the developers :-)

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your feedback, can I please ask you to send us an email to Our tech team will look into this for you. Thanks - Team TCB. Update: Can you please ensure you are running the latest version of iOS on your device? If so and you still encounter the problem, please contact us on the above email address. Thanks - Team TCB.

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