Heading to China for business or pleasure? Put away those hefty volumes and get a smarter phrase book for iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch! (Ir mas abajo para leer en español)

This free download includes more than 200 words and phrases with audio recorded in Standard Mandarin in Beijing. You can download great value additional phrase books when and if you need them - using your iTunes account, from inside the app.

Features include:

✔ a unique and comprehensive guide to Pinyin pronunciation

✔ bookmark phrases by rating them for fast access from listings and the main menu

✔ "show" mode: present the phrase in large easy-to-read characters with more than 50 bi-lingual answers sorted into categories

✔ turn your device sideways for easy access to audio controls

✔ bonus material for each book

✔ a search bar at the top of every menu, so you'll always have the right words at your fingertips


For our Spanish-speaking users:

Va a viajar a China o esta haciendo negocios con China? Utilice este libro de frases útil, versátil y expansible para su iPhone, iPad o iPod Touch.

Esta aplicación inicialmente ofrece más de 200 palabras y oraciones todas ellas con audio de forma gratuita. Si necesita mas frases usted puede elegir miles de frases de varios libros organizados por tema y cargarlos usando su cuenta de iTunes directamente desde la aplicación.

La aplicación incluye:

✔ Una guía completa sobre la pronunciación de chino (Pinyin).

✔ La posibilidad de marcar y calificar las frases más útiles para poder encontrarlas rápidamente.

✔ Cada frase incluye el audio en chino pronunciado por una persona que habla chino mandarín puro.

✔ Modo único para "mostrar" una frase usando caracteres grandes sobre la pantalla, la cual incluye mas de 50 posibles respuestas en ambos idiomas

✔ Material de información adicional incluido en cada libro de frases.

✔ Un campo de búsqueda para cada menú para que siempre encuentre las palabras que necesita.

What’s New

Version 2.0

- Fixed issues related to the iPhone OS 4.0 upgrade

- Added localisation and phrase book content for Spanish-speakers

- Faster processing of downloaded phrase books

- Stability fixes

Ratings and Reviews

3.1 out of 5
117 Ratings

117 Ratings

TNTz9 ,

OKAY Basic Sentences for Travel

I've been studying Chinese for 7 years (off and on), have many hardcopy books, and have many iPhone apps. This app has multiple "phrase books" which you purchase. None of them appear useful to me except the "travel essentials". For example, I don't care about entertainment, but I'm sure other people do. The Travel Essentials can be upgraded for 1.99, which I believe is worth it. The app provides good native speaking which is always useful. It also has a nice pinyin pronunciation guide. However, there's a few things that are not very useful and are also confusing. When you select a phrase, there's a button to hear a native speaker (good); but there's another button that says "show". This divides the pane vertically and you can scroll through a series of words and phrases that only show Chinese characters and English translation. PINYIN is needed here, also, so unless you already know Chinese characters, this whole are is not useful to you. Also, the "listen" button stays "enabled" when you scroll through these other words and phrases. You might suspect that if you tapped the listen button you would hear the phrase you select, but you don't. You always only hear the original phrase that you selected before pressing the "show" button. I know this sounds a bit confusing, but it IS confusing. If more phrase dictionaries were included (useful ones!), and if pinyin and speech were provided everywhere in the app along with Chinese characters, this app would be 5+ stars. As it is with its limitations, only three star, perhaps even 2 star.

MasterMatrix8 ,

Good for tourists

Tried it out for 2 minutes and already saw flaws in the Chinese. Some tones are wrong or mislabeled in some phrases, although this will not really pose a major issue for someone just trying to be able to get around China, they might be the cause of some criticism if you're being taught to have perfect pronunciation.

JC-Shanghai ,

Good value, has potential, but still needs a little work

This app is a great introduction to Mandarin Chinese, and it has the potential to be a great learning tool. The initial in-app purchasing problem I had with the "Travel Essentials" phrase book seems to have been rectified, and I've successfully put it on both my iPad and my iPhone. In each of the categories, the "search" field should stay at the top of the screen - the interface still needs some work. The travel destinations included in the pack focus heavily on Beijing. I live in Shanghai, so this doesn't really work for me. It's great to see that the app is attempting to offer yet another phrase book, but I can't even get the details of the "Entertainment in China" phrase book to load.

I'm being critical about this app because I'd like to see it work really well, and I'd love to buy more phrase books.


trainchinese B.V.
13.7 MB

Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, Spanish

Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
© 2010 Molatra Limited
In-App Purchases
  1. Travel Essentials (Full) $1.99
  2. Entertainment in China $2.99
  3. Studying in China $2.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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