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Ready to read Chinese? Here's how it works: Chinese has an estimated 50,000 characters. Some Chinese characters are rarely ever encountered while some appear in nearly every other sentence. For this reason, we help you learn in a systematic sequence starting from the statistically most commonly occurring Chinese characters.

You may be surprised to discover that learning just the most common character "的" alone will yield you a 3.72% literacy rate in Chinese. Learning just our top 50 most common Chinese characters will yield you a 29.08% literacy rate. In addition, each character comes with seven of the most common examples of how the character is used when integrated into a word or phrase.

This valuable learning tool will be useful to your studies whether you are a beginner or an advanced learner.

Unlock the full version to get all the Chinese characters you'll ever need! (Unless you're planning to study nuclear physics at Peking University). For free you can test out 50 of our 3200 most commonly seen written Chinese characters before unlocking the full version.


Completely offline. Practice and learn anywhere you go!

50 of our top 3200 most commonly seen characters with Simplified and Traditional standard Mandarin pinyin with audio, definitions, radical count, stroke count, four corner and bonus Cantonese pronunciation guides in Yale and Jyutping, Cangjie.

Spoken Mandarin voice pronunciation by a native-speaking Putonghua professor who has a "putonghua shuiping ceshi" top-level certification.

Our pinyin voice recordings are the most complete in the industry including "fifth tone" sounds and "combined syllable" sounds such as those combining "儿" as a suffix.

Each character includes a list of the seven most commonly used "Usage Examples" complete with definition, pinyin, and Mandarin voice pronunciation.

Option for color-coded Chinese character tones.

Choice of displaying pinyin tones by Tone Marks or Tone Numbers.

"Red Characters" quickly identify where Simplified and Traditional forms are different. Additionally, you can toggle between Simplified and Traditional while viewing the flashcard.

Powerful search system with pinyin wildcard functionality. You can search by pinyin, English, Chinese characters, radicals, stroke count, and even rank number.

Compare function that allows you to compare two characters of your choice side by side.

Audio accounts for tone changes (Tone Sandhi) when specific combination of characters are used together. (ie. 不 and 一 combinations)

Here at WrittenChinese.com, we were among the first Chinese flashcard learning apps and our methods have withstood the test of time. We focus on Mandarin learning, including audio by a native speaker and standard Mandarin Pinyin, however, if you’re interested you can turn on the Cantonese pronunciation guides as well.

As Chinese learners ourselves, we carefully engineered Learn Chinese Characters by WCC to give you the most efficient method to learn Chinese characters and build useful vocabulary.

What’s New

Version 3.4.6

Fixed launch problem for iOS 9.0

Ratings and Reviews

2.5 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

Buttlocker ,

Doesn’t seem to actually keep track of what you get right and wrong

Flash card function works, but that’s about it

Sadness! ,

Some specific points

This app is very good, and I will continue using it to learn characters. Having said that, I paid more than I have for most any app, and there are a few specific improvements that would make this app even better. First, the ability to randomize and quiz yourself, or make specific lists of characters to work on. This is invaluable when learning characters. Second, the ability to see just the pinyin and the definition and have to write the character from memory. This will allow me to use this for learning and memorizing how to write the characters instead of just to read. I sincerely hope you update this app soon with these; thanks for a great app!


Gigabud Limited
43.4 MB

Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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In-App Purchases
  1. WCC’s complete 3200 characters set $9.99


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