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Learn Chinese (Mandarin) by MindSnacks

Learn Chinese (Mandarin) by MindSnacks
4.5 based on 1,239 Votes
Price Free

*** One of the best educational apps of the year - Apple (iTunes Rewind) ***
Now you can learn Mandarin Chinese just by playing games on the go. With 8 addictive games designed for essential vocabulary & conversation skills, our Mandarin app is perfect for students and travelers of all ages who want to learn, speak and read Mandarin the easy way. Read more...

Learn Chinese (Mandarin) by MindSnacks is a Education application, developed by and released last

This application has a content advisory rating of 4+ (Application contains no objectionable material ). This application has an average rating of 4.5 based on 1,239 Votes. This version 3.3.4 has an average rating of 4.5 based on 52 Users.

Your device must have atleast 41.6 MB of space to download and install Learn Chinese (Mandarin) by MindSnacks. This application does not have game center . Learn Chinese (Mandarin) by MindSnacks is Free to download and install on your mobile device

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Instead of snooze-worthy flashcards, our apps are packed with rich games that teach important aspects of Mandarin such as the Pinyin and character writing systems. And with our new game, Galactic, you’ll master the ever-important usage of tones within the Mandarin dialect. Plus, lessons like “Yes or no questions,” and “Chinese foods” will have you conversing like a local in no time.

“Learn Chinese (Mandarin)” includes one free level and if that’s not enough, upgrade to get a whopping 50 additional levels and 40+ hours of content. With so many bite-sized portions of knowledge, MindSnacks is like the dim sum of language learning. Mmmmmmm...dim sum.


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“This app is not just your average, run-of-the-mill crash course... It includes complex exercises, challenges, and lessons that make the learning process fun and effective."


“...Galactic truly takes advantage of the touchscreen in a unique game mechanic. The space theme is also visually and auditorily appealing, creating an all around fun (and educational!) multisensory experience.”


-- 8 addictive and unique games

-- 1000+ Chinese words & phrases to study and master

-- Unique “Galactic” game to help master the tones required to speak Mandarin

-- Spoken audio clips provided by a native Chinese speaker to help with pronunciation

-- Hand-illustrated image library to help memorize words

-- 50 Chinese lessons designed by Ivy League instructors (upgrade required)

-- Personalized learning algorithms to maximize memorization, retention & contextual usage

-- Enhanced review mode lets you replay previously mastered lessons

-- Additional quests & challenges will keep you motivated

-- Thoughtful curriculum may induce smiles and the occasional “booyah!!!” when achieving new high scores


“I’ve been waiting for a fun app that teaches Chinese and this one is awesome! It teaches characters and pinyin, so it’s great for beginners. They even have a game that teaches tones!”

“The Mindsnacks Apps are colourful, fun and perfect for learning. The games are heart-racing and enjoyable. My favourite game for the Chinese app was 'Galactic' because it really helped me with pronunciation.”


At MindSnacks we like to keep it fun, but we’re serious about learning. That’s why our Mandarin app includes 8 challenging games designed by Ivy League professors. Each game teaches a specific skill for speaking Mandarin and helps create a well-rounded learning experience for both kids and adults that goes well beyond basic flashcards.

Of course studying is only worth it if it works, so our unique algorithm reinforces the learning process using proven methods from the field of memory studies. Over time, the games adapt to your individual performance, selectively repeating Chinese words, phrases and grammatical points with which you’ve previously struggled. In other words, as you learn Mandarin, the app learns about you for a more effective learning experience.

Perfect for beginning and intermediate learners of Mandarin, MindSnacks is like your own personal Chinese teacher you can take just about anywhere. You’ll quickly become less reliant on that Chinese dictionary and learn the grammar and vocab you need for traveling in China.


For more information or support, please contact us at Or if you’re feeling social, come on over and like, follow or tweet us.




What's New on this version 3.3.4

- Fixed an issue were downloads would get stuck
- Improved iOS 7 compatibility
- Bug fixes


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Support Languages

  • English, American


Learn Chinese (Mandarin) by MindSnacks
Learn Chinese (Mandarin) by MindSnacks
Learn Chinese (Mandarin) by MindSnacks
Learn Chinese (Mandarin) by MindSnacks
Learn Chinese (Mandarin) by MindSnacks
Learn Chinese (Mandarin) by MindSnacks
Learn Chinese (Mandarin) by MindSnacks
Learn Chinese (Mandarin) by MindSnacks

Recent Reviews and Comments


    I already have a Mandarin Chinese class outside of this app, but it's a great supplementary addition; use characters! (no pinyin in China :/ )

  • MindSnacks Mandarin

    This app is very helpful for studying outside of school, or just for fun. I am picking up on Mandarin very fast and finding learning much easier. I hope that MindSnacks adds more fun games and lessons in the future. Overall the best $4.99 I have spent in a while. Keep up the good work MindSnacks!

  • I am learning Chinese

    I love it! It is fun and I am actually learning something.

  • great app

    My kids love this to learn.

  • Great app

    I have been using this for a while now and haven't completed all the lessons yet, but sometimes I go by a set too fast to learn it very well. Good thing I can look at the words again. Anyway, here are some user suggested app ideas: Arabic Hindi Hebrew(my own suggestion) Korean And finally, Russian Hope you could get right on too these, considering a lot of people want Arabic

  • Worth more than $5

    Helps so much with the tonal qualities of the words. Super helpful. Worth way more than the $5 in app purchase.

  • Great App!

    Good for expanding vocabulary, and games make it fun at the same time

  • Well worth the 5 bucks

    I was really impressed with this app. After living in china for 6 years there were still words that I learned from this. I bought it for my kids who have been losing their mandarin after being back in the US for 2 years. We all big fans and the kids actually like to play it! The best part about it is that there are so many visual learning opportunities. There are a ton of categories!

  • Best app for learning!

    The words and phrases are all actual things I need to know on the streets. The games keep it interesting but the content is great! I used the app to order lunch today!

  • Hao

    This app is much better than the chinese class i took in college!

  • Very nice app!

    I love the game approach to learning a language! (Learning Chinese) The app's points system probably either has the points set too high for success or the amount of points needed for mastery of a word set too low - meaning words are considered mastered before they actually are. But, this has the effect of keeping the games challenging by layering new words on top of words that you know only pretty well. And, if the games weren't continually challenging, I wouldn't keep playing. So, kudos whether this was intentional or not! Definitely worth the price if you are starting out!

  • Great!

    Great apps and fun to play with. However, its hard to revise the previous mastered lessons. Need to improve it....

  • Arabic

    I love the mandarin app its the best language app I've found so far! But I SO WISH mindsnacks would make an arabic app that would be incredibly helpful and i think it would become very popular.

  • great language app

    My son & I enjoy learning & competing with MindSnacks. Customer service was helpful too. Each language app provides a nice vocab supplement to language lessons. The challenging timed drills eliminate the boredom of repetitive drills.

  • Love this app!

    I love this app so much. I'm planning to get the rest of the mandarin but I really wish you guys would make one for Korean. Please do it ;-;

  • I love this app

    I have learned so much!

  • Entertaining and Educational

    Learning a new language is a lot to take in, no matter what pace or style you decide to use. Chinese is my third language (after Thai), and "Mandarin" is a great app to get you familiarized with the everyday Chinese language. Although it all comes and goes, I cannot recite very much after 4 days of using this app, but I realize it's a process of consistency and willingness to learn. I'm excited to continue on through the next 45 lessons and grow in my knowledge of another language!

  • Good, but could be better

    I like this app a lot. It is good for studying while your away from home. However, there are two problems that prevent me from giving it a 5 star review. First, it sometimes has some errors in the tones. Not very often but enough to be a bit frustrating. Also, I wish that it was optional to switch to traditional mandarin, rather than just simplified. I'm not able to really use it for studying reading which is unfortunate. Otherwise, it's a fun app and I recommend it, but check with a native speaker to find the mistakes.

  • Great fun

    I love to play the ages. Finally I have a game with achievements that can educate me and entertain me at the same time. Strongly suggest this as a start to learning mandarin.

  • Doesn't work without Facebook account

    I don't have a FB account and I refuse to get one. Attempts to create a MindSnacks account repeatedly fail, and the company's help page is useless in resolving this. It's not even possible to run the app in demo mode. Don't waste your time with this app unless you have Facebook.

  • Korean Version

    I love this app! It's very easy to use, and has great interactive games. Personally for me I have a hard time learning some of this stuff when it comes to books, or cd's, but with this app it's easy for me to understand. Great job you guys, keep up the good work. Oh and I think you guys should make a Korean learning app. Please consider it. :)

  • Great game, great support!

    The game is great. Totally helps in memorizing and learning chinese. I sent feedback and they responded very quickly and had great customer service! (They understood each point and addressed each point well!). I would totally recommend getting if u r interested in learning!

  • Good. Worth buying. Could be improved.

    I love the game concepts, and the idea of leveling up makes studying feel very rewarding. When a new level comes up the new words just get shoe horned in there and there isn't a good method of studying the words (ie: flash cards) that would make learning new words a little easier prior to the testing of the games. Once you level up, the route to review old lessons feels hidden within the app and it would be nice to go back and prove your skills with those older words. A system to earn "perfect scores" for an older learning set would be cool (like getting 3 stars in angry birds). Sometimes I feel like I get moved through lessons too quick. Mixing the games with space repetition would be cool too.

  • Nice

    I think this is a really fun way to begin learning a language. I am only on level 9 and am unable to play the other games. I like it.

  • Great

    So much fun! Addicting.

  • Amazing

    Worth every penny I paid

  • Good app

    Need ability to go back to lesson games once mastered.

  • Very high quality app

    Hard to know if I'm learning as well as I might using Rosetta Stone, but the app is really excellent. Super impressed with how we'll put together and smooth the experience is. I find myself studying longer than I used to because it's so easy to get lost in the games.

  • love it

    i love this app its so easy n it helps a lot buyyyy ittt

  • Good

    The games are really fun and the vocab has a very awesome range. I just wish the program was set so that words weren't "mastered" until you had completed them at ALL four skills, as opposed to a combination of the different skills. But since I'm able to manually reset the level, I gave all five stars instead of 4. I hope they change that though!

  • mindsnacks love

    favorite app~!!!

  • Almost perfect

    I have no issues with this app.... Purchased all the mandarin lessons and it has helped so much for my class. Fast fun and easy. If only i can mix the lessons so i can practice all the ones i really don't know and spend less time on the ones i already mastered.

  • App not opening

    My app won't open

  • Very fun. Could be a bit better.

    I really enjoy playing this, and I think it has put a lot of the characters into a place in my brain where they are easy to access. However, it would be more useful if there were games and reinforcement about radicals...and if there were a way to practice writing the characters, because bubbler is basically impossible if you don't practice writing the characters dozens of times outside the scope of the application. The fun characters in the secret games get my 3 year old excited to watch me play...and I bet she'll be playing it when she is older. I would very much recommend using this app as one of a battery of strategies if you are just starting out learning Chinese. Tā hên hâo. Wish this review software had the 3rd tone.

  • Great so far

    Fun and simple to use

  • Great learning experience!

    Love the interface, content and overall concept. Good for practice and keeping things interesting.

  • Korean version!!!!

    Im learning chinese in college now and your app has helped me look like i know chinese already haha thanks! But can you make a korean version? Please!?!?

  • Really good so far

    I just got this app to study a little bit. And I notice that in less then two days I learned the numbers 1-20. It helps you a lot to memorize it super fast. I really enjoyed the games and I am really glad I got this app. I am planning on buying the full app later on.

  • Worth a try

    This is a good app for learning Chinese. I highly recommend it, except when you finish all of the lessons. While learning it reminds you of problem words and lets you see your performance (a kind of percentage that relates to how good you are), this is very nice. However, when you finish the lessons these go away so that when you finish a learning game it gives you only options to try again, go to home or try a different game (or look at the words you were quizzed on without telling you quickly which ones you did bad on). If instead when you finished the lessons it would show you the trouble words and your percentage it would be so much better. I really hope they change that because when I finish a game it leaves me unsatisfied and I stop playing instead of learning like I really want to. Please update this because it is a good game and worth getting, but now that I have finished the lessons it is no fun, which is not fair to the game or to the customers.

  • Mine won't load

    I reinstalled this app and now it says, "Lesson Is Downloading," and it stays at 0% please fix, I used to love this app

  • Learning Chinese

    Good app. It certainly is helping me learn Chinese

  • Very helpful and fun!

    Only wish I could choose which lesson I wanted to learn next. But the games are fun, and I definitely learn a lot!

  • Download slow

    The downloads to the next levels are very slow and right now it's not doing anything so I can t get to the next lessons

  • Awesome

    Super helpful. Would recommend.

  • Really fun

    The app is engaging and actually really fun. My professor recommended it to all the freshmen in her class when she saw me playing it.

  • Center for World Languages and Cultures - University of Denver

    We here at the Center for World Languages and Cultures at the University of Denver find the Mindsnacks games incredibly useful for foreign language tutoring and language acquisition. The students at our center thoroughly enjoy the apps and find them very helpful when preparing for test or just learning new vocabulary. Our tutors find the apps to be incredibly useful tutoring supplements and always recommend them to other DU students. We highly recommend these apps not just because they are fun, highly entertaining, and educational, but also because the folks at the Mindsnacks team have exceptional customer service and very quick to respond to our needs and are extremely helpful and polite. We are very grateful for the chance to use these apps in our Language Center!

  • Amazing

    This app is absolutely amazing. It combines the most important parts of Chinese (characters, tones, pinyin) into games that are both challenging and fun. I wish I had this app when I was studying the language

  • Amazing

    This app is absolutely amazing. It combines the most important parts of Chinese (characters, tones, pinyin) into games that are both challenging and fun. I wish I had this app when I was studying the language

  • 很好


  • 很好! Very good!

    This is exactly what I was looking for when I started studying Chinese. As a beginner, it starts off easy with numbers and days, but in a super addictive and fun way! I find myself playing this for hours or before bed or on my lunch break at work. I definitely recommend it!

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