This is the iOS version of our popular Chinese Learn Online podcast course that has been downloaded millions of times on iTunes.

Each lesson is 10 to 15 minutes long and continues where the previous one left off. Lesson 1 gets you started with the basics for absolute beginners. Listen and follow along with the included transcript. Then do the practice exercises. If you want to learn how to write characters, then practice the new characters in the lesson by following the animated stroke order diagrams for each new character in the character section.

The first 3 lessons of the course are included in this app for free. If you like the format, you can purchase additional lessons from within the app.

Features include:

- Full transcript of each lesson with Chinese characters
- Automatic sync between text and audio.
- Supports pinyin, simplified and traditional Chinese text
- Flashcard review of individual lesson vocabulary or group review of multiple lessons
- Vocabulary test for individual lesson, or group review of multiple lessons
- Adjustable background, text color, text size
- Animated stroke-order diagrams for all new characters in simplified or traditional formats.

What’s New

Version 4.4

- Fixed compatibility issue with dark mode
- Added progress indicators to show which lessons have been completed

Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

hope4ever ,

Awesome start!

This is an awesome program! It teaches you both words and what each symbol means within the words to help build your vocabulary and learning.

My only problem is that there are only 20 lessons you can buy. I would LOVE to see that expanded!

Leon syhwbeidhev ,

Crashes on login

This app crashes when I try to login. Would LOVE to see an update!

Dukue ,

Outstanding Language Learning App

I've been using CLO for about 10 weeks and it is the best app I have found for learning Mandarin. The lessons integrate Chinese words and phrases with good explanations in English, do you can listen and absorb what is being said without needing to read a screen. That is great for when I'm walking, driving, or commuting.

Also, the app is built so that the screen follows the text as it is being spoken, like a Teleprompter. That is very helpful for reading the words to record them visually in my head. If you want, you can see the Chinese characters as well, though I haven't focused on that part.

I'm currently thought he first 20 lessons and can say a bunch of useful phrases on command now. My wife, a native speaker, says that my accent is quite good, and that the speaker in the app is very, very clear with her Chinese pronunciation.

All in all, I think the approach is very good because it continues to reuse words you have leaned while adding new ones. It is the right balance of new and old to build a solid foundation without overflowing.

One other feature I use often is the flash card approach that tests me on all the words so far (or that I choose, by lesson group). This lets me keep reviewing and marking the ones I didn't get right in order to practice them and keep them current in my head. I plan to continue through the entire series.

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