TCB | Read Chinese to Learn 4+

Chinese Reading, Graded News

The Chairmans Bao Ltd

Designed for iPad

    • 4.6 • 378 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



The Chairman’s Bao (TCB) features 9,500+ news-based lessons to improve Chinese reading, with more published daily. Learn Chinese with beginner, intermediate and advanced level news to practice and improve fluency.

New Release in October 2023! Brand new app release with improved user interface, new features and greater study personalization options!

Key Platform Features:

1. 9,500+ News-Based Lessons
2. Brand New User Interface
3. New: Study Offline Mode: Learn on the go!
4. Test Your Skills: Reading and listening exercises for each lesson
5. One-Tap Dictionary: Look up and save any word
6. Retention Tools: Track vocabulary study and lesson progress
7. Stroke Order & Chinese Writing: View and practice stroke order to improve writing
8. Cross-Platform Study: App and website
9. Lesson Package: Explore keywords, grammar explanations, idioms, and proper nouns for each lesson.
10. Bonus Content: Chinese myths and legends, beginner video series and more!

Free sample lesson at each level of proficiency. TCB offers a Premium service for paid subscribers.

Terms of Use:
Privacy Policy:

Embark on your Chinese language learning journey with The Chairman’s Bao. Download now and join a community of Chinese language enthusiasts!

What’s New

Version 8.0.17

Bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
378 Ratings

378 Ratings

madcow19 ,

The one Chinese learning app you need

I’m so happy with the new TCB app! The team has done a great job and I’m convinced that TCB is really the only app one would need to study Chinese. Maybe the part that could use some improvement is the flash card system. However, TCB has integration with Hack Chinese - which I haven’t used yet - so I imagine it’s not a priority to tinker with. Maybe I’m using that feature incorrectly, but I can’t seem to get cards to sort from oldest to newest. And there’s no notification like in an SRS style flash card system of what you should be reviewing when. I use a free app for that part of learning but there’s also a lot of debate whether flash cards are even helpful. TCB gives students the tools to take charge of their learning and that is what I appreciate most. The audio for the stories is exceptional and the content is so interesting compared to a textbook. I genuinely enjoy reading the articles that are published. Thanks!

Developer Response ,

Thank you for the 5* review, it's much appreciated! We have pre-made word groups in which the system assesses how well you perform on each word and you can test within these groups. We hope you also enjoy the Hack Chinese integration and we will be sure to keep you updated with any future flashcard updates! All the best in your Chinese studies. Team TCB.

Tartar sauce da Vinci ,

Good content but poor UI/UX

100% hands good content for what I’m looking for. I think the content is a good value for the money for me personally — paid for a year.
The three star rating is due to the minor bugs and poor UI/UX. It looks like it was designed by an engineer and a poor testing process. There is no cohesive color palette for the design. While I do applaud the content of the app, every time I use the app itself I notice more flaws: sometimes it loses the session of my account and I have to kill the app, inconsistent animations, random colors used for buttons, some articles have excessive white space at the bottom of articles, it doesn’t appear to cache the state of the app so it needs to refetch the page when I switch between different sections making it feel unnecessarily slow. I was going to switch to use the website instead of the phone app but the “mark as read” button on the website didn’t work so I am now stuck using iPhone app. I think the problems I describe are all solvable and the app has potential but for now it is what it is.

Oriondesaul ,

Premium service not working

This app is amazing! Yes, there are small bugs that need to be fixed and it needs to have auto repeat(which it doesn’t have currently). Also sometimes there is problems with the subscription system , which sometimes will not allow access to content right away(when you first start your subscription)

Even with some small annoying bugs , the app is hands down the best study tool on the market! And completely worth the subscription cost! If you are serious about learning Chinese , your money is best spent here!

New content is added constantly, sometimes I’ll finish a lesson and then find that new articles have just been posted!

The ability to filter by HSK level is genius. It helps you maintain that all important “flow” , so that the articles are not too hard or too easy- this “sweet spot” will help you improve very quickly.

This app best pairs with formal study of the language and is not really for absolute beginners. If you are looking for some phrases to say while traveling in China - this is not the app for you.

The articles are from real current Chinese news and blog posts and such -rewritten to match hsk level. Plus the app includes blog posts written in English that will help “fill in the gaps” on your knowledge of culture and society.

The learning tools are great and easy to use, each article includes a vocabulary quiz and several learning activities!

Customer service is very fast!

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your feedback and sorry to learn of the trouble you are experiencing with the in-app purchases. Can you please send us an email to and we will have this rectified right away? Thanks - Team TCB.

App Privacy

The developer, The Chairmans Bao Ltd, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Used to Track You

The following data may be used to track you across apps and websites owned by other companies:

  • Identifiers

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Purchases
  • User Content
  • Usage Data

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Identifiers
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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