ChineseSkill is the best Mandarin Chinese learning app for beginners!
1. Game-based learning course: an easy start for beginners;
2. Quality courses based on the CEFR;
3. Learning while testing (provides review and consolidation);
4. Native pronunciation at standard or slower speed;
5. A novel way to study Chinese characters;
6. Displays Chinese as pinyin or characters or both;
7. Switches easily between simplified and traditional Chinese;
8. Learning progress synchronized across iPad, iPhone, iPod touch;
9. Keep new vocabulary and sentence patterns in your long-term memory;
10. Effective and efficient for learners on the go;
How does ChineseSkill make Chinese learning so easy?
- Learning is game based.
ChineseSkill uses mini-games that test your listening, reading, writing and speaking skills through the entire learning process.
- It’s task-driven.
Content is organized into various skills which are practical and keep learning motivation active.
- It’s effective.
Every item can be mastered in a short time. And you are able to track your progress and review characters, words and sentences on the go.
- It’s helpful.
You are able to record your Chinese pronunciation and compare it with standard pronunciation.
- It makes complicated things simple.
Chinese handwriting, characters and pronunciation are made simple in ChineseSkill. All you need to do is tap and move.
You will have lessons that cover:
Greeting and Introductions;
Past and Future
Friends and Social Life
Dinning and Vacation
Dating and flirting
To help users Chinese language skills more fluent, we append the new valued-added Premium Lessons, which has the following cool features:
■ Listening: You can listen to the entire dialogue or only areas you would like to improve.
■ Speaking: You can practice your pronunciation by recording your speaking and comparing it with the standard pronunciation.
■ Reading: You can tap on any words while reading and the app will demonstrate its pronunciation and translation. You may also add words to your favorite category and keep them in one place.
■ Dictation: Collaborative games are designed to test your ability to form sentences according to the audio. It will keep you motivated and master the lessons in no time.
■ Vocabulary: Key words for each lesson will be stored for future review.
■ Lessons: Contains various topics of REAL Chinese dialogues and new lessons will be added weekly
■ Offline learning supported.
■ Written translations in Traditional & Simplified Chinese, Pinyin and English.
■ Audios from native speakers are provided for each sentence.
■ Adjustable audio speed and font size.
You will need a membership in order to access all courses and features.
Monthly subscription for $5.99
Three-Month Subscription for $13.99
Annual subscription for $35.99
More information about the subscription:
- The above prices are for U.S. customers. Pricing in other countries may vary, and changes may be converted to your local currency depending on your country of residence.
- Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase
- Your iTunes Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, and identify the cost of the renewal
- Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase
- Any unused portion of a free trial period will be forfeited when you purchase a subscription.
Support Url: https://www.facebook.com/chineseskill
Support Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn Chinese with videos and Speech Recognition! This update brings you two new features that will boost your fluency and help you to stay motivated! You can now complete exercises with videos of native Chinese speakers and speak better Chinese by having your recording graded, powered by Apple.
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
Love the app - want to give it 7 stars!
I am a teacher and very thoughtful about the ways the human brain absorbs information. I teach in a predominantly Chinese area, so I am motivated to learn Chinese. My students think it is exciting and funny when I try to speak Chinese - they laugh, then help me with my accent and tones.
I bought Rosetta Stone (very expensive) and I do use it, but this app is 1) much easier to get into, 2) more memorable with art than with photos, 3) more multimodal (switching from recognize, recall, listen, write, fill-in, English to Chinese, Chinese to English, etc.), 4) more grammatically oriented (ie this/that), 4) more organized topically, 5) less confusing (when using RS I have to stop and look things up on google translate or else stay confused) 6) more reading/writing (on this app I am starting to read the Chinese before the English), more time friendly (5-10 minute sections), and 8) more [sic] FREE!!!
So great that I took the time to write a review! (I rarely do this)
[[[ If you are a developer reading this review, please turn the large written Chinese characters into Flashcards for optional ongoing vocabulary development (I currently screenshot them, but think it would be a great addition to the app - and thank you!! ]]]
Better than duolingo
I’ve tried this and duolingo for a few days, and although duolingo seems to be more well known (could be just marketing), I like ChineseSkill app more. (My background is that I am Cantonese Chinese, and I know how to speak and understand some really basic Mandarin but am not a native Mandarin speaker.)
Duolingo was way too repetitive, i was on the first lesson “greetings” and it repeated the same two words (“hello”) throughout 2-3 long lessons which was such a waste of time. ChineseSkill is not as mind-numbingly repetitive and even when it does try to teach you the same word/sentence a few times it will do it in a few different ways. Also, I really appreciate that ChineseSkill teaches not only the sounds of the words but also shows you the pinyin and how to write the words in Chinese characters, which duolingo does not do.
They are both fun apps, and I can see how they’d be a fun and easy way to teach people completely new to the language. But since I already know how to speak and understand some basic mandarin, and I am looking to increase my vocabulary more quickly in order to be able to carry conversations and would also like to learn how to read and write chinese, I think I need to take a more advanced maybe university level course, like on Coursera or something.
One Small Issue!
Overall I love this app! I’ve been using it for a month and a half, and I’ve found that it’s an incredibly useful tool to assist with learning! Everything they teach is done in a very comprehensive way and of the mini games are very helpful! It’s also easy to access and practice vocabulary you’ve previously learnt! However, I have noticed a small issue when you try to draw certain characters. This has occurred with the character ‘red’(红) as well as with about 3 others characters that I’ve come across. The issue makes it impossible to draw the last stroke of a character, and it only occurs when you attempt to free draw the character along the provided guided lines. From what I can discern, it seems the app believes certain characters have one fewer stroke than they actually have, which causes this glitch. I hope you’ll consider fixing this problem! It doesn’t impact the overall experience of the app too much, but it’s somewhat of an inconvenience!
- Chineseskill Co., Ltd.
- 239.2 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Vietnamese
- Age Rating
- © ChineseSkill
- In-App Purchases
- Monthly premium subscription $5.99
- Lifetime membership premium $45.99
- Annual Chinese Learning Plan $29.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.