Skritter Chinese 4+

Inkren, Inc.

Designed for iPad

    • 4.6 • 254 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Looking for the latest from Skritter? Download the Skritter: Write Chinese app for free study decks or quickly sync your current Skritter Chinese account data!

Learn how to read and write Chinese with the #1 character-learning app. You choose the vocabulary lists and Skritter handles the rest—a writing coach in the palm of your hand. Say goodbye to forgotten characters, tone mistakes, and your pile of flashcards. Say hello to the Chinese language learning app of the future.

• 10,000+ characters and 400,000+ words
• Study offline, auto-sync when you reconnect
• Hundreds of textbook lists
• Handwriting recognition with instant feedback
• Advanced study algorithm designed just for Chinese
• Simplified and traditional character support
• Cancel any time, keep reviewing for free
• One week free trial, $7.50-14.99/month after that

“If I could only keep one app on my iPod, this would be it without a doubt. Skritter will change your life!”
― Wendy Werneth, UN Translator, Switzerland

“Learning to write Chinese characters has never been so fun. From writing zero to 2000+ characters in six months!”
― Brian Jackson, Economist, Alaska

After your free week, Skritter subscriptions are available for purchase inside this app.

One month subscription (automatically renewed until canceled).
Six months subscription (automatically renewed until canceled).
One year subscription (automatically renewed until canceled).
Two years subscription (not automatically renewed).

Your subscription will be charged to your iTunes account automatically at confirmation of purchase and will automatically renew at the same price unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24 hours before the end of the current subscription period.

Current subscriptions may not be canceled during the active subscription period, but you can manage your subscriptions by visiting your iTunes Account Settings after purchase.

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What’s New

Version 2.7.7

General stability improvements.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
254 Ratings

254 Ratings

CvonD1 ,

Best of Show in its category!

One aspect of Skritter I like very much is this:
If you don't have much time at all for a while to delve into full lessons with grammar and vocabulary, but you want to avoid seeing the progress you made slowly fading, using Skritter just to drill the character-writing aspect of learning Chinese is REALLY useful.

Skritter will remember which characters you fail most, fail a little or nearly got perfectly (criteria adjustable in the settings). Your job is to practice every day until your writing reaches the "Gold / No Error" mark.
Trust me, it's astonishing how fast, with the help of Skritter's "Spaced Repetition" system, you can actually start remembering, effortlessly, how to properly write the character in the correct stroke order, its meaning, and review the fun, mnemonic-like sentences that sometimes help an anchor your memory.

If you want/need to keep up with your Chinese language proficiency levels and keep progressing, Skritter is a required tool in you panoply of Chines apps.

Hope the above will help you see the value in paying to subscribe for the year. It is not cheap, but worth every cent if you use it regularly.


Developer Response ,

Thank you so much for this informative review! We are pleased to hear that Skritter has been helping you learn efficiently. I'd like to mention that you are currently using the older app, which we are no longer updating. We recommend checking out the newer version: Skritter: Write Chinese. Your data and subscription will transfer over to it. You can reach us at if you have any questions.

seoyungho ,

Revolutionized My Study Habits

I've been struggling to find a good platform to make flashcard sets for Chinese for months. Since there are three components needed to learn chinese words -- the character, pinyin, and the definition -- the two-sided interface would create a gap in my learning. Skritter's interface bridges that gap completely. Now, I can actually study all aspects of each word, which in turn leads to much better retention. I've been able to learn more words in a day than I could in a week using my previous methods. Thank you Skritter!

Developer Response ,

Thanks so much for your awesome review! If you haven't tried the beta version yet, you can check out this post:

RayLillywhite ,

iPhone app hard to use

The iPad app works well, but there are major usability issues with the iPhone app. It’s near impossible to press the back and forward buttons. And you can tap to see what the next stroke is, but it always registers as trying to draw a dot. And it will never show you the full stroke order. Either you view the full character, or you have to tap to get a hint then draw what was hinted, then tap again, and hope that somehow the next tap is considered a request for a hint rather than a stroke. It doesn’t even have a way to show you the stroke order the first time you encounter a character, which makes learning new characters with it pretty frustrating. They still haven’t updated it for iPhone X either, which makes all the trade offs that they’ve made to save vertical space all the more frustrating.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for your review! We recommend you check out the beta version:

If you could let us know what you think at we would appreciate it!

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