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Word Tracer - Learn Chinese is an iPad app that is designed for people who wish to learn to write Chinese characters properly through tracing and feedback provided through the device. Writing Chinese is one of the most challenging aspects of the language; this tool provides an effective means to facilitate learning by letting the users practice 1500 commonly used Chinese characters (Practice Mode) and testing themselves (Test Mode). Common phrases are also provided to allow the learner to see how the word is used in context. The app is developed using a game engine and meticulously designed to provide the best user experience and performance. Every character comes with pinyin (with actual voice recording), English meaning and common usages.

YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq1_z1qvN6E

NOTE: Simplified Chinese (used in mainland China) is supported. Traditional Chinese (used in HK and Taiwan) is not supported. We think there is value in learning both. Since Traditional Chinese is more complicated for people starting out learning Chinese, it is a good idea to tackle that after you have mastered Simplified Chinese.


Practice Mode - lets you learn new characters or practice old ones.
Test Mode - Test the characters you have learned and try figuring out how to write the ones you haven't.

1) Character List Screen - shows a list a characters based on the category you have selected (frequency rank, stroke counts, pinyin, radical, common usage, lessons)

Category button allows you to access the characters from a variety of ways:
• Frequency Rank
• Stroke counts
• Pinyin
• Radical
• Common Usage
• Lessons

Practice History: Records what you have practiced and lets you continue where you left off quickly.

Smart gesture support: Swipe right on any character in the Characters List screen to play the pronunciation. Swipe up to see the meaning of any word in the word list.

2) Character Practice Screen

Show meaning button - shows you the meaning of the character and its common usages.

Auto advance on/off - allows you to turn on/off the auto-advancing of the next character when you have traced a character successfully.
Music on/off - allows you to turn on/off the tracing sound and pinyin pronunciation.
Show/hide Markers - allows you turn on/off the tracing markers.
Play pinyin - allows you to play the voice recording.

What's New

Version 1.6.0

Added ability to upload/download custom lists and phrase lists from our website. Simply login and your lists will now synchronize with your Word Tracer app.

Ratings and Reviews

Great learning tool....


I've used many of the different programs for learning Chinese characters. This program is the most responsive to the strokes that I made, and the program is assembled for the best retention of the character, it's sound, and as well, the definition. .



I downloaded the iPhone app first and loved it. Now I got the iPad version and I must say it is a lot more fun to play and learn on a bigger screen. 5 big stars because I really like the emphasis on correct writing of the strokes (left to right, or right to left makes a diff) and the nice option to look up how to use the word in diff contexts. I still don't get how test mode works, but I would love for the app to have a test section right after each chapter. Or have a little paragraph of words at the end of each chapter that encompasses all the words I have practiced. That way I get excited at knowing the words I learned are being used in actual sentences, and that inspires me to use it more.

Pretty good

L Siemsen

I was excited when I saw this app. I like the that it teaches the right stroke order and that it has the pinyin, definition in small print, and that you can hear the characters spoken in a native voice. I wish it provided the option to learn traditional characters. I was disappointed that it wasn't an option. It would be nice to have the ability to record our voice to compare to the built in pronounciation sound files. Not bad for a new release. I, too, look forward to future updates.


Tappollo Media, LLC
156.3 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
English, Arabic, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2017 Tappollo Media, LLC


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