Learn Chinese with an amazing dictionary (plus OCR) and flash card system.

trainchinese will teach you Chinese, with a free and complete dictionary, thousands of vocab lists, example sentences, audio recordings, measure words, character animations and Optical Character Recognition — not to mention a powerful flash card training system that even includes handwriting training!

• Our dictionary prioritises commonly-used words and phrases above the obscure and obsolete, while example sentences and measure words (classifiers) provide crucial context to help you decide which Chinese word is the most appropriate translation. Other dictionaries just leave you guessing!

• We've got Optical Character Recognition (OCR) too. Spotted some Chinese you can't read? Capture a photo of some Chinese text from a menu, book or sign, and the app identifies and translates the characters for you.

• Search for words by part of speech - simply type the abbreviated type followed by a period (.). For example, "ma n." gets you "ma" words that are nouns.

• Mistyped a word? Helpful spelling suggestions get you to the right results fast.

• Words feature both example sentences and measure words for nouns. It's time to move beyond "个"! And best of all it's all connected: tap examples and measure words to open them as full dictionary entries.

• trainchinese is great for students: it includes more than a thousand vocabulary lists covering topics from International Relations to American Football Teams and more. Feel like something's missing? Users often get in touch to ask for lists on the topics they're studying, and we're happy to oblige! You'll also find lists containing HSK-level words (both old and new standards), plus TOCFL lists for students in Taiwan!

• Highlight words with your finger for super-fast access to character animations, related searches and more!

• Whether you're studying the Simplified (mainland China and Singapore) or Traditional (Hong Kong and Taiwan) variants, we've got you covered! Easily switch between them or choose to display both in dictionary results and on flash cards. Even better, you can use the phonetics you're comfortable with - choose from Pinyin with tone marks, Pinyin with tone numbers or even Zhuyin characters (from the BoPoMoFo system used in Taiwan).

• Create flash cards with audio and animation from dictionary entries. Organise them into lists, and share them with friends (or students).

• Our Spaced Repetition system ensures you'll memorize words for good.

• Train your way: each card is available in four different modes to test different aspects of Chinese study. See Chinese, Pinyin or English and get tested on translation, and even compare your handwriting to a stroke-order animation side-by-side, synchronized! Or if you prefer, there's multiple choice training too (for a real challenge, try it in "Dictation" mode!).

• Flash cards are saved on your device and synchronized with, where you can also train with them and find more great content.

• Add study notes to your flash cards - they're saved and backed up at

Don't forget to check out our other apps (tap our company name in iTunes for more info):

- Chinese Writer
- Chinese Audio Trainer
- My Chinese Library (phrase books)
- Pinyin Trainer
- Number Trainer

What's New

Version 9.2.7

We've added more words and character animations, and made the app fill the screen beautifully on iPhone X!

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5

81 Ratings

81 Ratings

Excellent learning aid


I have tried a lot of apps in efforts to help me learn this frustratingly difficult but beautifully amazing language. This has been the best by far. It helps with the tones, character recognition and even writing. It works well in conjunction with its other apps like the Chinese writing app, and the pre existing lists for a variety of standard textbooks is a huge plus. I am now able to study Chinese everywhere, especially on my iPhone and iPad in those moments of downtime you have during the day. The functionality can be slow and clunky sometimes, there must be a better, faster way to filter out flash cards from the master list for example, but if you read the directions carefully there is usually a way to do what you want and if not there is always the ubiquitous klaus who answers and responds to all of your questions 24/7 with an amazing turnaround time. Does Klaus ever sleep? Who is Klaus? Is there more than 1 Klaus? I am still an amazingly slow learner of chinese but the better I get the more I appreciate this app. The first thing I do each week is download my vocab list, practice writing with the writing app and work on character recognition before I go to bed. It's part of my daily routine!

Exceptional app for learning Chinese


After living in China for about four months, I've found this to be the best app for learning Mandarin. I've downloaded countless Chinese apps, but this is the best. It allows me to customize my study lists and it has real tests to help me track my progress. The developers respond quickly to my requests to add new words or phrases, or to make corrections on them. When I arrived in China I heard from others that this was their favorite app, and now I can say from experience that I feel the same way. This is my primary study tool and dictionary. It's a rich and dynamic tool that they continue to improve, not only in its content, but also its functionality. Whether you're studying for the HSK or want a way to customize your own lists, I highly recommend TrainChinese.

I use it daily


I have been living in China for almost 3 years. I have tried ~20 different iPhone Chinese learning apps. This one has had the most "staying power" for me. The dictionary is decent, and the ability to quickly add a flash card to my list means I am constantly studying relevant words that I need for survival here. Bonus feature: I can easily download pre-made lists of words that are directly from the major Chinese study text/workbooks, so it completely compliments my formal studies, as well. I'm up to ~600 flash cards learned now, and can hold a basic conversation in Chinese. While the interface is a bit "clunky" (not always intuitive), once you figure it out, the functionality is great.


Molatra Limited
173.5 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Russian, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2017 Molatra Limited
In-App Purchases
  1. 3 months + 10 lists $15.99
  2. 3 months $11.99
  3. 6 months + 10 lists $23.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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