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Learn Chinese (Mandarin) by Brainscape

By Brainscape

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Former paid app can now be demo'ed for FREE before buying.

Boost your knowledge of Mandarin Chinese vocabulary, stroke order, and fundamental word and grammar elements FASTER than with any other app on iTunes. Applying the latest in cognitive science, Brainscape introduces concepts and vocabulary words in order from most foundational to most complex, and repeats them in a pattern that is just right for YOUR brain.

Rather than creating frivolous games or distracting quizzes to try to make learning “fun,” Brainscape provides a scientifically optimized algorithm to repeat flashcards in just the right pattern for your brain’s maximum absorption, based on YOUR confidence. Brainscape makes sure that your study time is used as efficiently as possible, because – let’s face it – you are busy!

Learn Chinese (Mandarin) by Brainscape includes:

-Over 5,500 flashcards covering the most important word elements and vocabulary terms in Chinese
-Tons of brand new content, including an animated stroke order deck and a rundown of all the most essential measure words
-Hundreds of key phrases that will help you survive better on the streets of China or Chinatown
-A customized flashcard repetition algorithm that cuts your memorization time dramatically
-Convenient “browse” and “search” functions that allow you to easily find the cards you want
-Ongoing feedback, statistics, and visualization tools to help you track your progress

The Brainscape team is made up of former executives from The Princeton Review and Kaplan, as well as cognitive scientists and language specialists formerly with Columbia and Yale. Our mission is to make learning easier and more convenient. Feel free to check out our website (, and good luck studying!

What's New in Version 2.20140114

-64-bit support for iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and iPad Mini w/ Retina Display
-Design changes
-Improved Performance
-Bug Fixes


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Customer Reviews

Good Overall, Lacks a few features

The product overall is amazing, but there are a few features I would like to see added -
1. Ability to go backward when sorting through flash cards.
2. Bug fix for sound being disabled. I had to uninstall and reinstall once to get sound working again
3. A male voice option.

It is possible these features are there and I couldn't find them, I didn't check forums or anything. If the creator emails me and shows me I am wrong I will update my post.

Missing / low quality audio

I like the general UI of the app, but it's lacking a few things:

* audio is low quality or even cut off for some words.
* audio is completely missing for some sections.
* lack of configuration ability. It'd be cool to be able to set how many new words you want to see per day, and whether or not you want the pinyin or not, etc.

If configuration and audio were solid, this would be 5 stars. Audio is critical for learning mandarin.


This app has an awesome amount of content for learning Chinese. The exercises help you learn and master the content.

Learn Chinese (Mandarin) by Brainscape
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Education
  • Updated: Jan 17, 2014
  • Version: 2.20140114
  • Size: 70.2 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
  • Seller: Bold Learning Solutions, Inc.

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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