This application introduces Chinese characters to non-native speakers or young kids in a fun and intuitive way: to understand their origins as pictures of the objects they represent.
For example, the Chinese character for Sun was originally a circle with a dot in its center. It has evolved over the history, but you can still find traces of its original shape.
Besides explaining the picture meanings, this application also demonstrates the correct way of pronouncing and writing the characters. It even let you practice on your iPhone side by side with the demonstration. You'll find that you will be able to read and write dozens of Chinese characters in no time!
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* An introduction covering the basics of the Chinese language, including its grammar, stroke order rules, the Simplified and Traditional Chinese, and so on.
* Featured character are organized into categories and are introduced with their picture origins.
* The Progressive Study mode allows you to learn most common Chinese characters first and to measure your understanding with carefully selected questions in tests.
* An index page of characters listed in alphabetical order, with search functionality. Users can search with character's pinyin, Chinese writing, or the English meanings.
* Recorded Character sound
* Character writing demonstrations and practice screens. You can practice writing Chinese characters right on your device screen!
* This application runs on iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad, which means you only need to buy once and use on all your devices!
"Dam good ***** - This app organizes the most commonly used Chinese symbols in an orderly, accessible fashion." - by Push926
"Fun and Easy! *****" - by Ryan1223432
"Very helpful. I am looking forward for more updates! *****" - by Nightreaver
"This App is Awesome! *****" - by RebeccaTVS
"Awesome! Thanks! Love the historical info because it all makes so much more sense. *****" - by Jondailey
- Fixes for test score card layout and test unit font colors.
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
Great App: Educational and Fun
For the price and for the mode of delivery, I found the ILearnChinese app to be a great addition to my iPad! I wanted an interactive, easy-to-follow way to learn Chinese--an introduction, and this product offered me exactly what I needed to begin my exploration into this amazing language. I loved the Basic and Combo Stroke lessons and how they were displayed on screen. They truly invite a hands-on effort by utilizing the touch screen. For me, the material was well organized into helpful study categories. This is an appropriate app for anyone who wants to sample Chinese in a positive, friendly, economical way. Another great feature was the support for this app. I had a question about one of the product's features, and I received an excellent, detailed reply. I look forward to future versions and other products from this publisher.
Appropriate for more serious Mandarin learners.
Don't be fooled by the lack of fun animated games this app is actually quite helpful. Mandarin learners will benefit from the stroke order videos and character writing practice. A more advanced Chinese learner is able to recognize characters by their radicals, and this is one of the few apps that teaches basic stroke composition/radicals. Buy this app, practice writing with a real pencil and paper and you will be well on your way to understanding basic Chinese sentences through the meaning of characters. This app focuses more on characters than grammar or reading though so it's not perfect, but I haven't found a better app for learning Mandarin characters. The app even gives you the meaning based on the characters etymology and structure. Well designed app! Learn your Mandarin characters here and enjoy the animated apps like MindSnacks Mandarin for tonal/fast recognition studies. Don't buy this if you are just learning Mandarin for a quick week in China or don't plan on practicing the language through reading. This will not help the people who just need quick study to get by in China. Buy a phrase book in your local bookstore for that.
Annoying sound glitch
The sound doesn't work when you click on a character within a lesson. It works in the glossary of characters, but not within the lesson. For example, in the introduction to pinyin and pronunciation, it says "Click below to hear the four different tones used in Mandarin," and when you click on them, nothing happens. But if you jump out of the lesson and go to the glossary and then click on the relevant character/word, then the app will play the sound. This is extremely frustrating, and a very shabby glitch in the program. The developer needs to fix this ASAP, for it's a glaring mistake that severely detracts from the app's usefulness. What good is reading a lesson on a tonal language if you can't actually hear the tones while doing the lesson? It's obviously a bug, but it needs to be fixed immediately. Otherwise, content-wise, the app seems pretty good. But until the developer fixes the sound glitch, I recommend any beginning student of Mandarin to buy another app.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.