I Learn Chinese Characters 4+

Read and Write Chinese


Designed for iPad

    • 4.6 • 18 Ratings
    • $4.99



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!

Your feedback is greatly appreciated!

Feature Highlights

* 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!

Users Feedback

"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

What’s New

Version 3.2

- Fixes for test score card layout and test unit font colors.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

YangYang10 ,

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.

Treeman447 ,

Excellent, but could be improved

A version with traditional characters would make this more useable for many students. Also, more characters should be added regularly.

roskely90 ,

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.

App Privacy

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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