Chinese learning app for Android
As a person who has been studying Chinese Mandarin the past two years, finding an application for Android to learn Chinese is a tedious task. There are many good Chinese Mandarin apps for Android. However, the bad applications outnumber the good ones. I’d say when it comes to Android, you’ll want to go paid or you’ll want to look really hard and test all of the Chinese apps you come across.
The applications that I’ll be detailing about is called “Learn Chinese Mandarin“. It’s a phrase book application which contains all of the essential phrases you’ll need to know if you are visiting mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and other areas that speak Chinese. While the application is mainly focused on mainland Chinese Mandarin, a lot, if not the majority of the phrases can be used in any Chinese Mandarin speaking country.
Learn Chinese Mandarin application
As you can see this is a pretty good applications. It gives you all that you need to know if you are simply visiting a Mandarin speaking country.
It details the following that are free:
- General Conversation
- Directions & Places
- Eating out
These are the categories that are not free, and that are classed under the “Pro feature” mark:
- Time and Date
- Cities and Provinces
- Tourist Attractions
- Feeling Sick
- Tongue Twisters
Each category contains around 68 useful phrases and along with those phrases are voices that will help you pronounce the Chinese Mandarin words. It will also give you the PinYin and the Chinese characters to aid your reading skills.
- Over 600 common words and phrases
- Quality audio recordings by native speakers
- Search by keywords
- No internet connection needed
- Has useful tips for travelers
- A favorites folder to store all favorite phrases.
As you can see from the pictures above, you can save your favorite phrases in your favorites folder and in the second picture you can see exactly how this application works. Previously, I said that you could see the PinYin and the Chinese characters, and on the right of those is a button you can click to hear the pronunciation. The pronunciation is unfortunately (for me) based on a mainland Chinese accent and is however still understandable for Taiwanese listeners. The simple phrases is what makes this application so good, so I implore anyone who wants to learn Chinese to download this application.