Skritter: Write Chinese 4+

Learn Mandarin vocabulary fast

Inkren, Inc.

Designed for iPad

    • 4.7 • 508 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Practice Chinese writing with Skritter, whether you have a strong grasp of written Chinese and want to remember the characters better or are a beginner who doesn’t know where to start.

Skritter has existed for more than 10 years, and for a good reason: our learners are amazing! They help us with feedback which allows us to create what we think is the best Chinese writing app out there!

If you have seen Chinese writing before, you probably noticed that it requires us to learn characters rather than the roman alphabet we know from English. You can learn it through our “decks” (similar to a card deck) based on topics and difficulty.

Popular Decks:
- Ordering or making coffee or tea (so you can get your morning caffeine fix)
- Chinese Stroke Order
- HSK 1-6 & New HSK3.0 1-9 study decks
- More advanced topics like Yoga and talking about your Emotions
- The 16-episode Ultimate Chinese Character course

First, you learn a character’s meaning, reading, and tone; then practice writing it! Before you know it, you’ll want to learn thousands of characters, and words like these two happy users:

“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

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

Try our app and see for yourself why thousands of people use it every day.

Have questions, problems, or feedback? We would love to hear from you. Reach out to us at

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What’s New

Version 3.10.3

- General bug fixes and improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
508 Ratings

508 Ratings

azcatsguy13 ,

Better Than a Pen and Paper

The new updated app is a big improvement from the previous app. It’s functionally fluid and easily intuitive to the point that I often opt for the app as opposed to traditional writing practice.

One improvement I hope to see in the near future is the ability to consistently study one single character. Both the ‘due cards’ and ‘continuous’ features don’t provide for the option to write the same character continually until I’ve learned from rote memory. Perhaps this is somewhat antithetical to the idea of the SRS learning structure, but often when I incorrectly write a character, I need to study several other characters that I inevitably write incorrectly as well because I’ve only just learned them. I understand there is the ‘learning’ feature, so I could potentially practice writing the character this way, but the process is a bit slow if I’ve already learned the bulk of the character’s structure. In tandem with this, it would be helpful to see a category of all the characters you’ve consistently forgotten so that each one can be independently studied.

Regardless, I’ve found the app to be wonderfully complementary to my learning experience, being able to study directly from published books related to Taiwanese mandarin makes this app excellent insofar as supplementary learning materials in the Taiwanese dialect can often be hard to find.

Developer Response ,

This is what we hope to hear, thanks so much for your review! Did you know you can swipe upwards on the canvas to erase the character and write it again (as many times as you'd like)? You can also trigger the Learn mode on a specific word or character as you've mentioned, by tapping on it in a deck section view to go through the learn mode process for it. We do plan to add focused test modes, for instance just words or characters that you've marked as incorrect, it's on the way!

Thanks again for your review. If you have any more thoughts or any questions be sure to let us know at

Dian Wms ,

Truly Unique

I recommend this app to anyone beginner or advanced learner. I really like the way it allows me to focus my learning on one aspect of Chinese, such as tones, or I can choose to allow it to mix things up a little. When you’re trying to have a conversation in a language, it’s more than just recognizing what a character looks like to know its meaning. So when the app shows me the tone and then scrolls through writing a character, and then later quizzes me on the definition of a character my brain has to access the information in different ways. This is truly unique. Most apps take you through characters in the same order all the time instead. This app also allows me to focus on one aspect, such as tones only. I find this quite helpful because I have more trouble with tones. And being able to tweak the settings to focus me in ways that I find easiest to learn is awesome. Great job guys. Thank you for all your hard work.

Developer Response ,

Thank you so much for the kind feedback! We are so happy that you are enjoying the app so far. Is it okay if we add this review to our list of raving reviews to potentially use in promotions? We generally just put the review title and review, no name. You can let us know at Happy studies!

Chinafu ,

Great app!

I have been studying Mandarin for 17 years, and I think this is one of the best learning apps I have ever used! I love the way you can search for different text books, and use load them into the app. I took 8 semesters of language classes while living in China, and I would use this app to help me learn the vocabulary for the day.
This app has you use multiple senses when learning. You see the character, hear how it’s pronounced, and then write it. Of course, you can also repeat after it too, which will definitely help. This really helps in retention. It also gives you examples of how each character is used in a sentence. This also helps with retention. You can also take test and see how well you are learning.
I have purchased this app for myself and my son, and we do it together every day.
If you are serious about learning Mandarin, this is definitely an app that you should and to your curriculum!

Developer Response ,

Thank you so much for the raving review! We are so happy that Skritter has helped your language journey. Would it be okay if we use this review in some future campaigns (possibly a social media image or an email)? We only share the review, not the name. You can let us know at Happy studies!

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