Mandarin Learning Tools

Below are some technology tools that I've used to help me, as a non-Mandarin speaking parent, as my child learned Chinese/Mandarin.

Pleco - Chinese Dictionary

[iOS & Android]

Tip: Save the character as a bookmark (+) top right to develop a study guide.

Write the Chinese character, learn how below.

MDBG - Chinese Dictionary

[Browser Based]

Tip: Click the brush to write in the Chinese character to define.

Click the >> to get more options including hearing the word.

Chinese Stroke Keyboard Input

iOS [after setup, hold the globe to change the keyboard input]

  1. Open "Settings"
  2. Tap "General"
  3. Tap "Keyboard"
  4. Tap "Keyboards"
  5. Tap "Add New Keyboard..."
  6. Tap "Chinese (Simplified)"

Android  [after setup, hold the globe to change the keyboard input]

Download the Google Pinyin Keyboard -

  1. Open "Settings"
  2. Tap "Language & input"
  3. Tap " Current Keyboard"
  4. Tap "Choose Keyboards"
  5. Turn on "Google Pinyin Input"

Google Translate

[handwriting function, practice pronuncation, image capture translation]

Try Skritter

What tools have you discovered?


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  • Jason (Sunday, October 30 16 02:50 am EDT)

    More notable iOS apps:
    Strokes Order
    Pinyin Helper