Ever felt entertained while learning a new language? Now you will! Drops is game-changing approach to language learning - quite literally. We took ‘boring’ out of vocabulary learning!

Only 5 minutes a day:
Drops limits your learning time to 5 minutes. This might sound crazy but works like charm. Learning a new language might feel overwhelming but by chunking down into 5-minute sprints, the barrier of entry is nonexistent. No excuses: you ALWAYS have 5 minutes!
The time constraint induces ridiculous focus which further enhances the effectiveness of memorization.

100% Visual learning:
Every single word is beautifully illustrated. Your eyes will appreciate the delicious pictures and your mind will store the new memories more efficiently: you won’t have use the word of your native language but connect the new words to the illustration of the meaning. Quicker, better and more fun! :)

Effortless practice:
We took a good look at why games are so fun and addictive and injected the essence into Drops to create not just a “gamified” learning app but a proper game experience! It is freakishly immersive but in this case you don’t waste your time playing instead you build a valuable asset: knowledge of a new language.

Swipe based:
We believe in quick pace and keyboard typing is anything but fast. Say hello to rapid swipes and taps! You’ll need those extra seconds to get the most out of your 5 minutes ;)

Strategic vocabulary selection:
The “what” is perhaps more important than “how”. We handpicked 1700+ practical words in 100 topics that you’ll actually use when you let’s say travel to a country where your new language is spoken.

Forge learning habit:
Drops wants to convert you into a learning addict. No matter how effective your learning tool is, if you don’t use it on a daily basis, it doesn’t really matter. Drops tricks your mind and you’ll be better for it!

NEW: Augmented Reality (AR) - practice!
(AR mode is available on all iOS 11 devices that are powered by Apple’s A9 or A10 chip: iPhone 6S or newer / iPad Pro / 2017 iPad)

I’m sure you’ll love Drops as much as we enjoyed making it. If so, please leave us a review so we can make Drops even better! :)

p.s.: We take full responsibility for the potential addiction to learning.


Keep tuned as even more languages are in the pipe!

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
344 Ratings

344 Ratings

CvonD1 ,

Worth your time, worth your $$$

First of all, I am in Beijing right now, improving my Chinese at LTL School, a terrific outfit. Do I have time to do Drops? Not really, because we have so much homework to do each day. Does Drops care? Yes, they remind me every day that five minutes is no big deal, and they are right... So, I do Drops for 10 minutes, and it actually helps in my homework, especially studying the radicals. The new version of Drops is so much better organized that it even recognizes where I stopped the last time, so I can pick up where I left off. Topics are now organized in top categories, a much easier way to access learning by vocabulary groupings.

In the past year, this team has made countless improvements, each focused on the user’s best learning strategies.

The addition of writing characters while studying them is a major asset to this app.

Here and there, I —sometimes— still see small discrepancies between the voice pronouncing the character and the written Pinyin. I trust the Drops team to correct those promptly, as their response time has always been swift. And sometimes I learn that there are more than one way of pronouncing a character.

Try the app for a while, yes, just 5-10 minutes a day, and you will be surprised how the combination of auditive, visual and written prompts helps you actually retain the studied characters in long-term memory.

Great job, Drops Team! I’m genuinely happy —and proud— I decided to be a “Forever” user!

Developer Response ,

Hi, Thank you for choosing Drops to improve your Chinese. We're so happy to hear about how useful you think the app is. We truly appreciate your kind words! Indeed, we work hard on fixing the discrepancies and errors, and keep improving the app to provide you with an even better learning experience! Keep playing, and let us know if there’s anything you would suggest us to refine!

Jkl4343 ,


Have been using the app for short time so far. Got the lifetime version of Chinese, here are some tips for the developers that could improve the app and buying it.

1. I couldn’t tell how big the vocabulary inside of the app is. When testing it on the free category, it told me I am 50% through, when I only learned 13 words. That made me think the overall amount of words inside is maybe not large. Would be great if it was mentioned somewhere to know what one is buying.

2. For learning Chinese the sound/pronunciation seem crucial. I am a male, but can only use female voice with rather higher pitch to listen to and repeat after. There is male option in the settings but it didn’t change anything. Male voice would be great to have.

3. Long list of categories- would love if I can long- press the category to move them around. I would move the ones i want to learn first up in the list, so I don’t have to look for them always.

Just some thoughts of mine. Overall the app is fun and seems a great tool for learning. Thank you!

Developer Response ,

Hi, Thank you for playing Drops and sending us such nice, constructive feedback! We'll definitely discuss your suggestions with the team, and we'll see what we can do. We constantly work hard on improving Drops, so stay tuned! We really appreciate you take the time to help us to refine the app and the content! :)

Sethjeff ,

Beautiful app w/ 1 caveat

Great App, smooth graphic architecture, overall pleasant to look at, well colored.

Before using this app, I was 100% new to Mandarin. This app provides a great learning environment, Drops also implements intuitive and intelligent teaching strategy. Including miniature illustrations of the meanings, enumerated stroke order, and also kanxji-image matching exercises. I enjoy this app and find it to be objectively a well made and effective tool. I have learned almost 200 words over the last 4 months while in school full time and working a part time job as well. I recommend this app to anyone looking to learn mandarin or any other non conventional type language, such as Korean or Arabic

My main complaint is that this app has no:

-Search function for specific words
-Ask stroke order function(allowing for searching the stroke order of a specific word or phase)
-No expanded meaning of words, no information on words roots, alternative meanings and uses etc.


107.2 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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