ChineseSkill is the must-have app for all Mandarin Chinese beginners. This app
includes 500+ fun and engaging mini-lessons that will teach you everything from
Pinyin to Chinese grammar and train your listening, speaking, reading, and
writing skills. ChineseSkill's core curriculum is des...
Better than duolingo
I’ve tried this and duolingo for a few days, and although duolingo seems to be more well known (could be just marketing), I like ChineseSkill app more. (My background is that I am Cantonese Chinese, and I know how to speak and understand some really basic Mandarin but am not a native Mandarin speaker.) Duolingo was way too repetitive, i was on the first lesson “greetings” and it repeated the same two words (“hello”) throughout 2-3 long lessons which was such a waste of time. ChineseSkill is not as mind-numbingly repetitive and even when it does try to teach you the same word/sentence a few times it will do it in a few different ways. Also, I really appreciate that ChineseSkill teaches not only the sounds of the words but also shows you the pinyin and how to write the words in Chinese characters, which duolingo does not do. They are both fun apps, and I can see how they’d be a fun and easy way to teach people completely new to the language. But since I already know how to speak and understand some basic mandarin, and I am looking to increase my vocabulary more quickly in order to be able to carry conversations and would also like to learn how to read and write chinese, I think I need to take a more advanced maybe university level course, like on Coursera or something.
One Small Issue!
Overall I love this app! I’ve been using it for a month and a half, and I’ve found that it’s an incredibly useful tool to assist with learning! Everything they teach is done in a very comprehensive way and of the mini games are very helpful! It’s also easy to access and practice vocabulary you’ve previously learnt! However, I have noticed a small issue when you try to draw certain characters. This has occurred with the character ‘red’(红) as well as with about 3 others characters that I’ve come across. The issue makes it impossible to draw the last stroke of a character, and it only occurs when you attempt to free draw the character along the provided guided lines. From what I can discern, it seems the app believes certain characters have one fewer stroke than they actually have, which causes this glitch. I hope you’ll consider fixing this problem! It doesn’t impact the overall experience of the app too much, but it’s somewhat of an inconvenience!
Many bugs and limitations to fix
First thing that will strike you about this program is how close it is to LingoDeer. It’s clearly been built from the same platform swapping out the deer for a panda, but the differences run deeper than that and not in the panda’s favor. The content is oriented around the HSK exams, which is nice and it has some cute arcade game features. However, when you opt in for the full version, you’ll find that some of the key features, such as dialog practice, don’t work (at least not on a Mac). If you follow the directions to leave feedback through the app, you’ll find that it crashes. You’re also out of luck if you want to hear how a male pronounces words, because they only offer a woman’s voice. I appreciate that they offer characters in both simplified and traditional for those of us interested in traveling in Taiwan, but the traditional characters are not maintained for all features, so you end up getting a mix (this is also a problem with LingoDeer). I’m sure they will eventually get the kinks worked out, but I’d wait a while before investing in the full version. In the meantime, I’d highly recommend using LingoDeer. I’ve tried all the major language apps for Mandarin and for my money, it’s the best, especially if you’re interested in learning traditional characters.
better than duolingo
I’m an american living in china and I’ve always wanted to learn mandarin. I used duolingo for a while but I found that it was quite hard and confusing and the lesson structure was really bad for chinese. It taught hanzi without pinyin and didn’t teach writing at all along with teaching obscure words and characters that were quickly forgotten. I just started using this app and I already love it so much more, I’m considering buying the lifetime subscription. It teaches reading, writing, native listening, conversational speaking, pinyin + characters (with the option to turn off one or the other) and the lesson structure is a lot easier to follow. The only recommendations I have are to have more matching between pinyin and hanzi because for me, I can speak and listen well, but I can’t read or write easily. Also, to put an explanation for certain grammar or structural words especially like 在 or 要 which have multiple implications depending on the sentence.
Great app, small suggestion
Overall this is a great app that is engaging and tests out the many facets it really takes to learn another language. I like how sometimes I have visuals (whether that’s a picture flashcard or a Chinese character), fill in the blank to practice listening skills, the ability to click on a word and character combination for vocabulary recall (I really like how the characters and pinyin are side by side 谢谢/xie xie), etc. The suggestions I have are minor but I think would be very helpful. When you get an answer RIGHT I wish it would show the whole sentence in Chinese (and its pinyin) AND correct English translation. It would also be great if you could still get an opportunity to HEAR the sentence AFTER you have answered (whether you got it right or wrong) so that it can help you learn it more because it’s great to be able to hear and read the answer over again (whether right or wrong). Another cool thing would be if you could incentivize the app so that it is even more like a game. Most people like mini challenges and earning things. DuoLingo already has something similar to this. Maybe you can earn a wrong answer back if you get three right in a row. Or after doing a set number of lessons (or minutes spent using the app maybe per day) you could win different pandas, 元 （fake), or a dragon. Anyway, those are just a couple of things that I thought would maybe help make this great app even better. 谢谢你们。再见👋。
Near Perfect 👌
I am fluent in Cantonese but also wanted to learn conversational Mandarin. After a quick search in the App Store, this app came up at the top of the search results. I read the reviews and decided this is the app to start my journey to conversational Mandarin. I’ve only been using the app for a month and have made progress. The keys to success are be consistent, go slow, and do the reviews after each lesson before moving on. I devote an hour a day to review and/or new lessons. So far I am able to form simple sentences and order at my local Chinese restaurant. For me, that is a win. One anomaly is when I got to the lesson on numbers and measurements there was no teaching lesson. Instead, I was thrown into the sentence quizzes. I muddled through but also noticed there is no audio for some of the fill in the blank sentences so I didn’t know which word is said to pick from. All in all, this is a great start for those who want to learn Mandarin.
I like this app so much!! I speak four languages and took two years of Chinese in high school - so I wanted to brush up and keep improving my language, but I found Duolingo wasn't helpful because it asked you to say really weird things that you would never say, like "my shoes are in the hat" - which you would never use..! I love that this app has so many different exercises. The only thing I'm realizing is that I'm only using the pinyin, which helps me pronounce it, but not actually learn the signs.... maybe that could be an added exercise? That would make it even better!! (And as someone suggested before, a speaking exercise where you have to pronounce it right, since that's so important because of the tones you might actually say something else...) Thank you so much for this wonderful app and for making it free for people who love studying languages!! :)
Pretty decent Chinese app
I like it because it has a lot of different ways you can learn. If you feel like practicing vocabulary you can or you can do the basic lessons. I love that part. I think I’m learning more words than hello Chinese from this app. Hello Chinese looks better and has a much smoother user interface. The way you draw the characters in HC is so much better than the way you do it in this app. But I feel like there is more to learn and do in this app. One thing I wished they’d improve on is showing what I’ve learned by darkening it out like in hello Chinese. Now I can’t tell what lesson I’m on anymore. The notes in this app are really really good, I like that. Compared to duolingos Chinese this is much much much better. DL is better for Spanish in my opinion. This app could be number one if they worked on it more. It is however pretty good now as I use it almost every day. Like I said before, the vocab practice part is the most useful in my opinion.
Fun and effective but...
I gave this app 5 stars when I first started using it but knocking off 2 stars today due to the most recent May 2019 update. I had been using the app for 6 months already and really enjoyed it and appreciated the fact that the developers had a great mission to help people learn the Chinese language. It was the most comprehensive free app and I tested well over a dozen apps before settling down with ChineseSkill. After the update, they’ve now locked a lot of the “Immersion” content using a paywall subscription. This feature used to be completely free and set the app apart from all the others. With this move, it’s now a mediocre app that’s just as good as the others. Don’t get me wrong. It’s still good and I still appreciate it. But their move to a paywall subscription model means I need to use other apps to supplement my learning process. This makes them just at par with the others, and therefore, deserving of a mediocre rating. Time to begin (again!) my search for a best-in-class app...!
Even better than Duolingo
I'm a big fan of the simple format of this app. One of my most hated things in life is programs that confuse the user. This app goes above and beyond to ensure you do not get confused. The best example of this is the clear and concise wording of their lesson notes. Many teachers and professors have a problem of over-complicating material for students by using confusing or unorthodox wording. The developers really go out of their way to ensure your pronunciation is correct. I highly recommend saying words out loud (when noones around, of course) because the trick to learning this language seems to be the difficult pronunciations. Last bit of advice: make sure you download the Pinyin keyboard for your iPhone before starting a lesson. Pinyin is basically Chinese in Latin characters.
Switched from another language app and loving it!
I started learning mandarin some years ago after a trip to China. At first I had a teacher with whom I learnt the basics, then because of traveling I started following a course with an app, but did not follow through. I started studying Chinese again, but didn’t want to pay for something I wasn’t sure I would commit (avoid past mistakes). So I downloaded Chinese skill and I’m very pleased with the way its structured to teach. I actually donated what I was paying on the other app because the quality of the content and the structure is great for me! In any case, I recommend that everyone should study a bit of pinyin history and an overview of the sounds, which I have not found in any app, those are best taught by a real person. Only gave 4 stars because it’s not iPhone X ready, hopefully more people use it, find it valuable and donate for this app to thrive as it deserves!
GREAT WAY TO LEARN BUT PLEASE READ.
I love this app a lot Isaí has helped me in many ways but I feel like your competitors are HelloChinese, and Chineasy both of which I use, I use Hello Chinese because I like the speaking part because it catches any mistake you make, and I use Chineasy to memorize the Chinese words and vocabulary, and I use your company because I really like the way that the grammar is explained and your lesson notes are great, the reason I brought up stuff about the other companies is because I would love it if an app could be made that combines all of the things I mentioned and I feel like this app might have the most promising future to it. It is set up really similar to Duolingo which I use for Spanish but there Chinese course is horrible. Over all I love this app and would recommend it to anyone.
I love this app I always thought Chinese would be hard. Ever since I was a kid I wanted to lean a whole bunch of languages and, I did what I wanted to so I downloaded a whole bunch of apps to learn the languages. So far this is the best app! It shows pictures to help you if u don’t know the word it is so good and it starts u off with words u would use on a daily basis and to start a easy sentence. I fell a little fluent if u say something I might know what your saying. And I have only been using this app less than a week. I can also right pretty good some of the letters are hard but they do help u with that. The last thing is the pronunciation I fell like I am picking up really well. I would like to say thank you to who ever made this app it is very useful.
I could give this app 5 stars because of how well made it is. It tests reading, listening, speaking, and writing...all that without straining/stressing the learner. With the lesson explanation, I feel more confident and comfortable concluding each lesson, and not guessing the rules (the way duolingo does). Also the panda animation is cute. However I deducted 1 star because I ultimately believe that to better acquire a language more efficiently, an app should begin with more every day emotional expressions of needs and emotions. I would prefer to express myself first with ‘i am hungry’ or ‘i am really sad’ rather than the vocabulary for countries, foods. Nonetheless, I still highly recommend this app for beginners, because I cannot stress enough how I have enjoyed learning through it, and how it is satisfying rather than frustrating, with all its features.
Nice app, but I prefer HelloChinese
This app is okay, but I still prefer HelloChinese and DuoLingo (which I've used for other languages). This app doesn't have as many different styles of questions, mostly just multiple choice and typing, so it's not nearly as engaging of a learning experience. It also starts to feel a bit too repetitive. The sound effects are really annoying. I really don't like that unpleasant cash register-like sound. Moreover, the test out feature is ridiculous. I already know a fair amount of beginner Chinese, so I didn't want to be stuck doing frustratingly simple exercises like "I am a girl" and "he is a boy." However, I failed the first three times I tried to test out because I didn't know "peach", "sun", and "round." It seems like the test out feature requires you to know everything already, which means the whole app is pointless. Also, I really don't like having percentages at the end of lessons. When I see I, I feel like I've failed a test even though it's just an app. The illustrations for vocab words are very well done. Sometimes the meaning is not as clear as the tacky stock photos used in HelloChinese, but they're a little more pleasant to look at. After answering a question correctly, I wish the translation shown under "good job!" was bigger and easier to read.
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