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Whether you are on a short trip to China or living there, communicate in Chinese instantly! 12,000+ ready-to-use, customizable phrases in 250+ practical categories. Clear sounds for every Chinese word—even offline. Full-text search or dictate words in English or Chinese. Haggle using our translating units/currency converter. Favorites screen organizes phrases you use often in multiple folders. Comprehensive guide to Mandarin Chinese Speaking/Listening. No knowledge of Chinese required: search for Chinese words you hear by their sound. The essential conversation guidebook that talks for you!

Fully supports iOS 7/8; full-screen on iPhone 4/5/6/6+ and all iPads.

== Useful Vocabulary for both Tourists and Expats

This phrasebook + mini-dictionary app is in a league of its own, with full-text search access to more than 12,000 professionally edited words, phrases, and ready-to-use, customizable complete sentences organized into 250+ practical categories like “Language Difficulties,” “Hotel,” “Renting a Place,” “Food/Drink,” “Price Haggling,” “Transportation,” “Health,” “Shopping,” “Sightseeing,” “Love/Romance/Sex” and even “Swearing/Insults.”

Entries are richly annotated for native English speakers so you know the exact meaning of each Chinese word and phrase you use, including slang and formal variants. No more Google Translate gibberish!

Make the Chinese and English text as big as you want—no more reading glasses.

With support for either Simplified or Traditional characters, our app works in mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, and anywhere else Mandarin Chinese is spoken (including 40-50% of the population of Hong Kong and Macau; Traditional in our app is converted from Simplified automatically).

== Customizable Super Phrases

Unlike traditional phrasebooks and apps that give you limited phrase choices (e.g. “Take me to the bus station” but not “Take me to the airport,” or “I will arrive at 2:00” but not “I will arrive at 3:30 on Friday”) our phrasebook app features hundreds of industry-first “super phrases” that let you customize part of the phrase to your needs and get instant translation and playback of the full sentence in Chinese, complete with a talking translator calculator, currency converter, and units converter built right into the phrases themselves! Haggle with a vendor in your language and your currency and instantly convert to hers so she understands you.

== Native Chinese Sound Recordings

Touch any Chinese word/phrase in any of our 12,000+ entries to hear a high-quality sound recording of a native speaker, not a toneless gravelly robot as found in other software.

== No Internet Connection Required

Works even when you're in a taxi or a countryside street market and not connected to the internet: all entries and sounds are stored right on your device.

When you are online, you or your Chinese friend can even speak English (iOS5+) or Chinese (iOS7+) words right into your device to search the phrasebook (voice recognition requires at least iPhone 4S, 5th Gen iPod Touch, 3rd Gen iPad or any iPad Mini).

== No Chinese Knowledge Required

Perfect even for beginners who cannot read Chinese Characters and have no time to study Chinese. You can search for any Chinese word you hear by its sound using an English-like phonetic alphabet. All Chinese words in every section are written using both Chinese Characters and your choice of 3 pronunciation/transliteration systems including Pinyin.

For those who want to go deeper, our app includes a comprehensive, interactive introduction to the Chinese language where you can learn to speak and recognize the sounds of Chinese (even the tones) and learn how to put together your own sentences in Chinese.

== Buy it Now!

Don't go another day without this indispensable tool! Enjoy free lifetime upgrades as we add more vocabulary and more features.

What's New

Version 1.9.3

NOTE: Fully supports iOS 7/8; full-screen on iPhone 4/5/6/6+ and all iPads.
IMPORTANT: Please update your App Store reviews! Accurate ratings keep upgrades coming.

Version 1.9.3:
- provides some improvements to app Help pages

Customer Reviews

Engineering Consultant

Tony Saikomol

Excellent App for everyone who is interested Chinese language. I recommend it because it is very informative and easy to use. When I searched it for a word and a sentence, it showed several example to help me understanding the meaning and using properly. I am really excited to use for upcoming family vacation in Beijing to help us getting around the city.



As an intermediate user I find that it really helps fill the gaps I hear when native speakers talk to one another. The app is highly customizable allowing you to fit. It to your needs.

Easy and Amazing app! Love it!


I have no knowledge of Mandarin. I have spent absolutely no time studying but this app allows me to SPEAK Chinese. I LOVE that! It’s like having a personal translator in your pocket :-)


Word in the Hand
194.7 MB
Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
© 2015 Paiboon Publishing Inc. and Word in the Hand Inc.


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