Join 300,000 students worldwide and improve your Chinese reading. Stories are written for every reading level from total beginner to master. Pinyin and translations are available with just a tap. Learn mandarin the way it is used in real life situations, written by native speakers with professional translations and audio recordings.

*Our mission is to make Chinese literacy attainable by all.*
Download the Du Chinese app and start reading today!

Here are some of our popular features:
• Simplified and Traditional Chinese
• Recommended lessons based on your reading history
• Goal-tracking
• SRS-based flashcard system
• Pleco dictionary integration
• Account sync between the website and app
• New lessons every weekday
• Markings to indicate HSK level

Beginner Chinese learners can start from ni hao and work their way up through our beginner courses that will take them through the story of Ben, an exchange student in China. Start off with pinyin and hide it when you’re ready to learn traditional or simplified Hanzi.

Intermediate Chinese learners from HSK 3 and up can begin reading more elaborate stories with surprise endings while learning to use Chinese grammar in context.

Advanced Chinese learners will enjoy our collections on the Tang Dynasty historical figures and other advanced readings.

What people are saying about Du Chinese:
“Best app if you're wanting to increase your vocab and reading ability via language context... nothing beats learning vocabulary through the context of stories. I've tried over 30 different Chinese learning apps over the 5 years that I've been learning Mandarin. This app is definitely worth the subscription. Try it out”
“A great and straightforward app for learning Chinese through stories. I don't really like sifting through grammar and vocabulary books or even flashcards. Instead, stories help you learn through imagination and creativity, you immerse yourself into the story and learn the words because you want to understand the story. Great!”
“Great app for developing listening and reading skills. The part that puts it over the top for me is that I can choose traditional characters! It is incredibly hard to find apps, programs, and books that cater to those of us who are studying Mandarin, but are focused on traditional script.”

Du Chinese offers premium content for subscribing users. The following subscription plans are offered:
* One month subscription for $11.99 USD (automatically renewed until canceled).
* Six month subscription $54.99 USD (automatically renewed until canceled).
* Twelve month subscription $89.99 USD (automatically renewed until canceled).

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What’s New

Version 1.10.1

To thank our premium supporters, we're happy to announce two new premium-only features:
- Download lessons for offline studies
- Listen to lessons in background

- v1.10.1 fixes a critical issue affecting iOS 8 and iOS 9 devices

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.6K Ratings

1.6K Ratings

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Nice combo of simplicity and features plus responsiveness

This app provides the basics in the best way. Many levels from beginner to “master;” choice of simplified or traditional characters; show or hide pinyin and translation at the tap of a button, and you can choose to show neither, either, or both. The recorded speech is natural sounding and you can adjust the speed (my only quibble: I sometime have a little initial trouble setting the desired speed, but maybe that’s because I have only used the app for a week).

But what really impressed me and led me to subscribe was that I sent in a question about a translation and got a response within a few hours from the proofreader himself! Now that’s some proactive service. After our exchange he made a helpful tweak to the translation. So I have a lot confidence in both the integrity and responsiveness of this service.

I guess I should mention what they don’t offer (as far as I know). I don’t think there is any provision for pronunciation feedback or for learning to write characters. I am considering Hello Chinese for that. But I am highly satisfied with what Du Chinese gives me for the price. Highly recommended.

Sparrow626 ,

Fun and Effective Chinese learning resource

Upon recommendation of Yoyo Chinese online course I downloaded this app. Having interesting articles at appropriate levels for reading and listening practice brings my Chinese learning to life. The cultural notes incorporated in the articles give my learning depth.
Users may display content as written characters only or add pinyin, and may play an audio recording of the article at different speeds. The English translation sometimes feels like more of a paraphrase and so allows for critical thinking.
It is great fun to work my way through the various articles at the various levels.
Update: after an extended hiatus due to other obligations, I’ve been using Du Chinese with some regularity for about 10 weeks. I’ve already moved up a reading level! The stories also teach me about Chinese culture and history.
$90 for a year is a great value, though it’s a large chunk of change for me. I’m looking forward to working it into my budget.

ktspence ,

Great reading practice!

I have been reading leveled readers and found it frustrating because they either rely too heavily on pinyin or I have to look up too many words. With this app, I can read easily at my current level, learn new words here and there from higher levels, stretch myself and read just above my current level, save new words for additional study, and turn the pinyin off and on. The stories and dialogues are interesting even at the lower levels. (The million cats story was a little disturbing. LOL). I also like that I can here the story being read. So I can get clarification on any new words as I read. Excellent app! A great addition to my studies and formal learning. My native speaking teacher was impressed and asked about it for her English speaking husband to practice also. Thank you!


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