Top 10 Apps to Learn and Practice Chinese Language

Are you a new student of Confucius institute or one that’s interested in learning the Chinese language? You have come to the right place as this short guide would help in your Chinese language (Hànyŭ) studies.

It doesn’t matter if you’re practicing Pinyin lettering, a student of HSK 5 or one that’s proficient with Chinese characters (Hanzi): These apps are going to help you master your craft with ease.

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Come with me as I take you through these 10 solid Android applications that would help you master the Chinese language.

Hanping pro

Hanping Pro review

This is a must-have app for anyone wishing to learn the Chinese language efficiently. It includes up to 839 character stroke animations (HSK1-3). You can get more (about 8662 extra) via in-app purchase.

Hanping Pro is a premium offline app to look up Mandarin Chinese words using English, Chinese characters or Pinyin. The app has an intuitive interface and will help skyrocket your Chinese language learning experience.

Hanping Pro Features:

  • Chinese handwriting recognition
  • Free 839 Hanzi stroke animations (8662 more via in-app purchase)
  • Audio pronunciation by an original Chinese speaker (multi-syllable recordings also available via in-app purchase)
  • Over 5,000 free example sentences treating over 5,000 distinctive words

Price: $2.99 (or ₦1,140) | Download Link

Hanping lite (free)

Hanping Lite chinese language learning app

Hanping lite is the 100% free version of Hanping pro with the removal of Chines-English translation features. It is free to download and is compatible with almost all mobile OS versions.

Hanping lite packs same features as the Hanping Pro but with some obvious limitations. But even with the limitations, this mobile app still outshines many other Chinese learning apps in mobile stores.

More Features:

  • Chinese character recognition
  • 463 free Hanzi stroke animations
  • Audio sound playback
  • Homescreen Widgets
  • 5,000+ example sentences
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Pleco (free)

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Pleco

Pleco Chinese learning mobile app which will help you learn the Chinese language faster and without hassles. Pleco comes with lots of useful features/functions.

It is an integrated Chinese English dictionary, flashcard system, and also a text reader with full-screen handwriting input and OCR – Optical Character Recognizer. This app is free to download but most of its major features can only be gotten via in-app purchases.

Features:

  • CC-CEDICT and PLC dictionaries which include about 130, 000 Chinese words and 20,000 example sentences with Pinyin.
  • Handwriting input (basic version is free, the enhanced version is paid for)
  • OCR – Optical Character Recognizer; look up Chinese characters/words in the dictionary by simply pointing your device’s camera at them.
  • Screen Reader/OCR
  • Flashcard System
  • Audio Pronunciation
  • Powerful search
  • Cross-referencing
  • Stroke Order Diagrams
  • Voice Recognition
  • Document Reader
  • PRC- and Taiwan-friendly
  • Cantonese

Chinese HSK-1 (free, also has paid version)

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Chinese HSK-1

A very good free mobile app to easily learn the Chinese language.  Chinese HSK Level 1 lets you search words by their English meaning, pinyin or hanzi.

With the help this app, you’ll be able to write, listen, speak, and play Chinese. It comes with a full stats checker which displays your learning progress and mistakes.

More features

  • Dictionary with the 152 HSK level 1 words
  • Simplified and Traditional hanzi characters
  • Save words in a starred list
  • Search words by their meaning, pinyin or hanzi
  • Voice search
  • 10 different games
  •  24 achievements, 1000+ challenges
  • Chinese stroke order
  • Hanzi color tones
  • Voice Recognition

HSK Learning/Test Apps

HSK is one of the best Chinese learning apps available on all mobile platforms. It ranges from HSK 1 – 5. The HSK 1 has been mentioned above. Depending on your learning level (1,2,3, …) these HSK apps will help you a lot.

Features:

  • Simplified and Traditional hanzi characters
  • Save your words in a starred list
  • Search words by meaning, hanzi or pinyin
  • Voice search
  • Chinese lessons
  • Different games
  • 24 achievements
  • Over 5000 challenges
  • Chinese stroke order
  • Real-time learning stats

My preferred HSK test preparation app is the one from Sonotrigger Software. Other HSK learning and test preparation apps can be downloaded from here.

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Learn Chinese – HelloChinese (Free)

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HelloChinese

You really should have this app installed on your smartphone if you are hoping to learn, read, and write the Chinese language fluently. Learn Chinese – HelloChinese is a fun, effective and engaging mobile app for amateur Chinese learners. It uses effective methodologies which will enable you to learn Mandarin quickly.

Features:

  • Game-based Chinese Mandarin learning
  • Optimally designed Pinyin course for beginners.
  • Speech recognition.
  • Handwriting support
  • Personalized daily training games adapt to your unique performances and get you fluent much faster
  • Systematic courses based on HSK levels.
  • Simplified and traditional Chinese character.
  • Audio function
  • Offline learning
  • Track your stats across multiple devices.

Learn Chinese – ChineseSkill (Free)

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ChineseSkill Android app

Here is a completely free app to learn Chinese Language and culture. ChineseSkill is a good choice for beginners interested in learning the Mandarin Chinese On-the-Go. It includes lots of cool, interesting, and engaging bite-sized lessons to test your abilities On-the-Go.

Features:

  • SRS – Spaced Repetition System
  • Totally optimized for amateurs/beginners – Game-based curriculum.
  • Multiple test modes
  • Compete with friends and other people right on the app.
  • Crystal voice with a native speaker
  • Automatic speech assessment
  • Full offline learning support
  • Supports simplified and traditional characters
  • Option to display Chinese as characters, pinyin or even both.
  • Synchronizes across devices.

Chinese English Dictionary & Translator – (Free)

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Chinese English Dictionary

This app will help to boost your Chinese learning efficiency and mastery. It is a free Chinese to English dictionary and translator. This dictionary app works offline and doesn’t require an internet connection once downloaded.

The Chinese English Dictionary and Translator app allows you to look up both Chinese and English words with definitions, pronunciation, examples, etc.

Features:

  • Well-detailed word definitions plus example sentences
  • Related search suggestions
  • Favorite words and search history
  • Flashcards
  • Advanced Chinese sentences analyzer
  • Mandarin & Cantonese pronunciation
  • Customizable font sizes for better readability
  • Character support – English, Pinyin, Chinese, and Wildcard

Read and Learn Chinese – Free

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With this mobile app, you’ll have access to read Chinese articles written by professional/experienced Chinese teachers on a daily basis. The articles are graded by HSK level and come with – Chinese audio, dictionary, vocab guide, and pinyin.

You can now practice the Chinese language by listening or reading these articles. Also, you can choose your own vocabularies and meditate on them daily. No more flashcard drills.

Features:

Chinese Mandarin Language – Free

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Chinese Mandarin Language

This app appears last on our list today but it is definitely not the least. It is a completely free mobile app for everyone who wants to master his/her Chinese learning. With this app, it is easy to learn, read, and speak Mandarin Chinese with audio, including phrases, vocabulary, and pinyin.

Features:

  • Easy and swift mandarin Chinese learning guide.
  • Fully available offline, no internet connection is needed to get access to any part of the app.
  • Available for Android smartphone users.

Wrap Up:

apps to learn Chinese Languages

I created this guide majorly for students of Confucius institute, Confucius classrooms, Chinese learning environments and other types of Hanban (a Chinese abbreviation for the Office of Chinese Language Council International) sponsored institutes. This is because the apps in this list really helped with my Chinese language studies.

They are no doubt, the top best Mobile Apps to learn, practise and master the Chinese language quickly. They are all available in registered App stores and compatible with almost all mobile OS versions.

While some of these apps are free and some are paid; all do offer in-app-purchases for premium tools, functions and features. While the Android version was used for this review, iPhone, BlackBerry 10 and Windows mobile users can look up for the app in their mobile app store.

Did we miss any of your favorite apps for learning, practicing and mastering the Chinese language? Please do let us know about it by using the comments section below.

1 COMMENT

  1. Thank you for sharing this useful apps for learning Chinese language. I will regularly follow your blog for tips like this.

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