Chinese is the most widely-spoken first language in the world. That alone proves that learning Chinese is a valuable skill. Unlike other languages Chinese is a little harder to learn because you have to learn how to write and read the characters. It will take some time and effort, but it is possible to learn Chinese. Take advantage of free apps that are available to help you learn.
We have tried out quite a few different Chinese apps, here are our seven favorites.
1. Monki Chinese Class (Free & $)
This was our favorite Chinese app! It teaches you how to write characters in Chinese. It is very hands on as it teaches you the correct way to make strokes to form characters. Only the first level is free, but it would be worth it to pay to unlock the rest of the levels if you really want to learn how to draw the Chinese characters. Even the free version would be a hit for kids.
2. Mandarin Magic
This is another one that is very fun. In this app, you play games as you learn. Find hidden objects, catch the correct word, and matching games. This teaches vocabulary, numbers, and more. The first three games are free. This seems more like a fun game than a learning one, but your kids will be learning quite a bit.
3. Instant Chinese
This app is part of Amazon’s Underground for android, that means that everything about it is free. It helps you learn vocabulary. You are able to take quizzes and earn medals. It is very interactive.
4. Learn Chinese Phrases and Vocabulary
This app gives you lists of words, shows the Chinese characters, and says the words in Chinese. The first eight sets of vocabulary are free, to access the other sections you will need to upgrade to a paid app. It would be best for independent learners.
5. Learn Mandarin Chinese for Beginners
This app has 26 lessons. Each lesson includes; study lists, slide shows, reading quizzes, and listening quizzes. Both quizzes are available in English to Chinese or Chinese to English formats. It also includes a Theory section that teaches about basic Chinese grammar.
6. Language Lu
This app lets you translate almost any phrase from English to Chinese. There are six different vocabulary sections; greetings, people, date and time, directions, places, and numbers. Practice the vocabulary, take quizzes, and learn!
7. Pleco Chinese Dictionary
This is more than an ordinary dictionary! It is interactive, and you can use it to learn different phrases, characters, and words. You can create flashcards, take tests, and really explore different parts of the Chinese language.
Hopefully, these apps will help you start to learn Chinese. Do you have a go-to app to learn Chinese?
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