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CS Xiezi - Chinese Character Trainer

By Clavis Sinica

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


The Chinese Character Trainer app from Clavis Sinica teaches you to write Chinese characters. The app uses attractive stroke animations to show you how each character is formed, one stroke at a time. It then invites you practice writing the character yourself on the touchscreen, and gives you immediate feedback on every stroke you draw.

You can use the app in three different modes. Training mode displays the outline of each character, shows you how to draw it, lets you practice as many times as you want, and even gives you hints if you get stuck.

Drill mode works like a flashcard deck, prompting you to draw each character in turn, and returning to the deck those characters you get wrong.

Test mode gives you one chance to draw correctly all the characters in a deck and then reports your overall score, so you can measure your progress over time.

Version 1.7 gets you started writing Chinese with a deck of over 200 of the most commonly used characters. The characters are taken from from Lessons 1-7 of the Stepping Stones eTextbook on the Clavis Sinica website, which provides basic reading texts, exercises, audio recordings, and other learning materials using these characters.

For more information about the Stepping Stones eTextbook, visit

What's New in Version 1.7

More characters have been added, bringing the total up to 202. The app now includes all characters introduced in the first seven lessons of the free Stepping Stones eTextbook, a complete online curriculum for beginning students of written Chinese.

For more information, please visit

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Customer Reviews

Great App

All around great application for learning Chinese characters. You can't go wrong with this, in fact, it's much better than most other programs out there. Strongly recommended, very solid.

Really helpful

Great companion to their CS Zika app. I find it very helpful to switch back and forth between the two because it's good to learn characters by recognition (CS Zika) and then learn by actually writing the character (Xiezi).

CS Xiezi - Chinese Character Trainer
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  • $1.99
  • Category: Education
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  • Version: 1.7
  • Size: 9.8 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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