While there is no substitute for real in-classroom Chinese language learning, many useful apps have been developed in recent years that can supplement and enhance students’ Mandarin learning experience. Most of these apps have a flashcard-like function to help you memorize vocabulary and learn Chinese characters. While we are not going to go through the entire slew of Mandarin language learning apps, we are going to focus on one app that many EasyMandarin students have found to be extremely helpful.
Our app of choice is called Anki. Their motto is “Friendly, intelligent flash cards. Remembering things just became much easier.” This multi-device, multi-platform, open source program uses a spaced repetition algorithm that is believed to significantly improve the speed in which you learn Chinese words and characters. (Sorry for all the tech jargon, but the point is that it’s really good!) By using text, images, sounds, and videos, this multimedia learning experience can be customized according to your Chinese language learning needs.
After installing the app, you can download pre-made “decks” of flashcards (made by other users). Almost all of the EasyMandarin textbooks have decks already made. You can also find decks for each level of the HSK exam. You should double check to make sure that the deck you download is high-quality since, as mentioned previously, decks are user-made and could contain errors. Also, try to download decks with sound so you can work on your Chinese pronunciation. You can also create your own decks.
Price: Free on Android (“AnkiDroid Flashcards”), $24.99 on iOS (“AnkiMobile Flashcards”)
Learning Chinese on the go? Another useful tip for you…
We developed a free Chinese language learning resource for you right on WeChat. Follow EasyMandarin’s official account on WeChat and send us keywords when you are out and about, and need to know about a certain subject. For example, next time you go for a haircut, type “haircut” and automatically get a list of really useful Chinese vocabulary sent right to your mobile phone.
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About EasyMandarin Chinese School
EasyMandarin is Shanghai’s leading Chinese language school and one of the top language training centers in China. The school was established in the year 2006 and since then has taught Mandarin to thousands of individuals from more than 60 countries, including overseas students, interns, CEOs, heads of NGOs, consulate generals, and people just visiting China to experience the language and culture. EasyMandarin is an official partner of the American (AmCham), German (AHK), Swiss (SwissCham), and Danish (DCCC) Chambers of Commerce. EM is based in Shanghai, China and is internationally accredited by CSN.