Be inspired to improve your Mandarin Chinese by reading a fresh bite-sized news article every day. Be efficient and effective.

Get free daily articles written by experienced teachers specifically for beginners and intermediates. Articles are graded by HSK level and come with tools – instant dictionary, pinyin, vocab guide and Chinese audio. Practice reading, listening and choose your own vocabulary to memorize and study 5 words a day for a guided personal journey – no more flashcard drills.

Refresh your reading skills, supplement your lessons or for fun. A bite-sized dose everyday is efficient and effective.

> "Perfect for beginners, I love the sheer variety of articles available" - Sophia
> "Simply the best method for reading acquisition, I have downloaded many apps to learn Chinese, this is one app which I will keep" - Damir
> "I find myself reading Mandarin for pleasure for the first time" - Dominic
> "I've always been intimidated and discouraged by words I don't know. Now this app makes learning so much easier!" - Angela

IMPORTANT: FREE ARTICLES ARE PUBLISHED DAILY! Access to the archive and advanced functionality requires an in-app subscription.

* Simple reads added daily
* Varied topics including China news, culture, history, proverbs
* Archive of 300+ articles *
* Suitable for beginners and intermediate at HSK 1,2,3,4,5
* Dictionary, pinyin and audio with one touch
* Save words you like for learning *
* Colour coded language hints
* Simplified and Traditional characters
* Synchronised across phone, tablet and your web browser
* Export vocab to CSV, Pleco dictionary, Skritter writing or Anki flash cards *
* Chat live, vote and see popular words
* Tracks your study progress and get intelligent word suggestions
(*limited unless upgraded via in-app subscription)

* Don't say Ni Hao to friends (HSK 1)
* Idiom: the first step is the hardest (HSK1)
* 1,700 year old dumpling found (HSK2)
* China courts convicts 99.9% of defendants (HSK3)
* Dating apps in China (HSK 4)

Free daily articles are provided to all users. The app also offers in-app purchase to unlock Decipher Unlimited, to include access to all features and content. This is a monthly auto-renewable subscription. Price varies by country, please see the app Upgrade screen. Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase. Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period, so you get seamless service. Cancel any time and you'll continue to receive access until the end of the month you've paid for.


What's New

Version 2.7.8

Decipher Unlimited. Search, Export vocab list, Shuffle and Suggest topics. Also user interface tweaks, speed improvements and dictionary update.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5

44 Ratings

44 Ratings

Kudos for great audio


There’s a lot of Chinese pop-ups to help aid in reading and understanding the Chinese words but this has audio that’s not like the usual automated robotic speak—it sounds natural and accurate. NOTE: another reviewer felt this aspect of the app was sub-par (paraphrasing), but if you’ve listened to other text-to-speech apps for Chinese, Decipher’s sounds more natural. I’m not a paying customer yet cuz I have a lot of things going on now so I don’t have that much time to spend with this app but like yet another reviewer said, I might pay to support the writers—just not quite yet...

Update: it's nice you can get messages following the comments section for each article especially if you have questions about language usage.

Amazing tool!!

Hillareally into Merica Match

This app is so useful. I studied Chinese all through college and was looking for a way to brush up after a few years of not practicing. This allows me to read short articles at the level I want, listen to the sentences spoken, and seamlessly look up characters I don't know just by clicking. I'm currently using the free version, but I plan to upgrade just to continue supporting the writers. Thank you for creating this!

One of the Best Mandarin Advancement Apps

Ceres AnaSéline

Decipher is an excellent app! You can learn new vocabulary from all different HSK levels in one article alone. The feature where you highlight a word and it shows the pinyin + definition is superb. My only criticism is that the speaking voice sounds a bit odd, not like a native speaker. This app does not have many free articles, but I like it enough to consider a monthly subscription (and to write a review)!


Decipher Chinese Language Learning Ltd
9.6 MB
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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