Pinyin Trainer by trainchinese 4+

The easy way to master Pinyin

trainchinese B.V.

Designed for iPad

    • 4.4 • 66 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Master the sounds of Mandarin Chinese with ease!

No matter if you're a beginner or a long-time student of Chinese, its tonal nature can catch you out and even cause some serious embarrassment...

Pinyin Trainer will help you master those tones using Pinyin, the standard romanization system for Mandarin Chinese. With almost 2,000 individual audio recordings and a variety of question-and-answer methods, it'll keep you on your toes and improve your Chinese listening skills like nothing else. Plus, it's got a complete guide to reading Chinese with the Pinyin system built right in.


- Score by tapping the words that you hear

- Train both Chinese tones and Pinyin "initials" sounds, to help you distinguish between commonly-confused words

- Integrates with our Chinese-English dictionary to provide potential definitions for Pinyin words

- In tone sketching mode, answer tone questions by drawing Pinyin tones with your fingers!

- Almost 2,000 high quality original audio recordings

- Free guide to reading Pinyin, with a complete index of one-syllable Chinese sounds

What’s New

Version 4.3.0

This update improves stability. Thanks for using Pinyin Trainer!

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
66 Ratings

66 Ratings



I enjoy working on my tones with this simple but fun app! It gets a bit monotonous though! It may be an idea to incorporate a testing function to enable users train and compare their tones ....

tblog123 ,

Good but not great

As others are saying, there's just a limit to how accurately this app can reproduce tones. Very often the speaker cannot clearly distinguish between a two vs three tone for instance, and that's a little frustrating because you just have to know the original word (which defeats the purpose of guessing tones).
But overall the app is still helpful and better than nothing. You'll definitely find yourself wishing the speaker would pronounce the words more clearly though.

Brian J Ma ,

First step for learning Chinese

If you didn't start with tones, your Chinese will be unintelligible. This app is a great way to master your tones before you start intensively studying vocabulary.

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