Five fun Chinese learning tools to try
It's no secret that learning Chinese is difficult, but you can certainly have fun doing it! I've compiled this list of my top five favorite digitial tools to help with learning Chinese. It's worth noting that I am a beginner so this list is probably most appropartate for those in the beginner to intermediate range.
This iOS app is a new alternative way to practice your Chinese. Read the latest short trending stories in China while switching between English and Chinese versions. You can tap on individual words to see the translation as well as pinyin and hanzi (汉字). The app is free and updated daily!
FluentU takes real-world Chinese video content (music videos, commercials, news, etc)—and turns it into a personalized and engaging language learning experience. It will adjust to your ability level, and has free and paid options. Available for iOS, Android, and on the web.
This basic phrasebook app available for iOS and Android is ideal for absolute beginners. Audio pronunciations are included. A bundle of additional phrases can be purchased. I found this very useful when I came to China for the first time last year and knew almost no Chinese.
This is a community based website consisting of a collection of different sentences and translations into many languages. It takes a bit of time to get the hang of it, but it can be a powerful learning tool. One unique upside is that you can view translations between many languages, so if your first language is not English, this is a great opportunity to study Chinese directly from your first language.
Pleco is one of the best Chinese-English dictionaries available for your smartphone. It’s simple, fast, and works offline. It offers audio pronunciation as well(very helpful for getting the tones right). For the best functionality, be sure to add Chinese keyboards for pinyin and handwriting to your phone.