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Learn Chinese (Mandarin) by MindSnacks

Learn Chinese (Mandarin) by MindSnacks
4.5 based on 1,328 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 1,328 Votes. This version 3.3.8 has an average rating of 3.5 based on 34 Users.

Your device must have atleast 55.5 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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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

Additional Information

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 3.3.8

Bug fixes.

Recent Reviews and Comments

  • Needs attention

    Add traditional characters, fix notifications bug, update etc. its been 2 years come on

  • Not really free 🙂🙃

    I absolutely hate apps that advertise to be free and then turns out to be a bait and switch. Sound also doesn't work for me. I would also imagine it to be difficult to learn when the games give you two seconds to choose the correct answer before you die.

  • Needs an update, fam

    Won't even let me log in when I redownloaded the app 😢

  • Great app needs update

    Needs compatibility brush ups in a bad way. The app has been a favorite but the developers haven't updated in forever

  • Sound doesn't work with new OS.

    Renders app ineffective

  • Awful

    It won't let m even make an account.

  • Worth the purchase

    Incredibly well done and innovative mini-games. Great graphics and sounds. Would recommend for beginners and those looking to brush up on their Mandarin. You can focus on pinyin and Chinese characters.

  • shouldn't have to make an account.

    every time I try to make an account, because you have to to actually use the app, it tells me it "failed." I put in my name, email, & password, and even tried using the sign up with Facebook option, but every time it doesn't work. I just wanna learn mandarin, let me thnx

  • Pretty good app

    Fun games and good motivation to keep going if you want to unlock more games. Overall, a very good app to learn a language. However, one thing is very annoying: "tā" means he, she, or it. In some games it'll say "tā" and "he" and "she" will both be options. You choose "he" and it's wrong. The next word is "tā" again. You choose "he" and this time it's right. The programmers need to fix this.

  • A warning about tone sandhi

    Overall a great app, but there is one thing to be aware of that caused me a lot of frustration at first and it isn't the creator's fault. Tone sandhi aren't normally reflected in pinyin so when you play Galactic you may think your ears are lying to you. For example, 你好 is written in pinyin as nǐ hǎo but it's actually pronounced ní hǎo. The game expects you to answer with 3rd tone even though the speaker is correctly using the 2nd tone when she says it. This kind of defeats the purpose of testing your ears with this game but it helps you learn correct pinyin so it's not necessarily bad.

  • Great App!

    Honestly loved it

  • Simple, fun, and effective

    This app is VERY organized and lets you learn by playing games. I liked it so much that I got the full version, and I'm really satisfied.

  • Awesome but needs traditional!

    App is great. Some of the words are pronounced incorrectly, but the sounds and games are great! I am learning Mandarin to go to Taiwan and I need the traditional characters please!🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇹🇼🇹🇼🇹🇼🇹🇼🇹🇼🇹🇼🇹🇼🇹🇼🇹🇼🇹🇼🇹🇼🇹🇼

  • Need to support older generation devices

    Purchased this 2 years ago and I use it quite a bit. So much so that my son, 5 years old loves the games and learns his mandarin tones before school!! Great app although not compatible for older itouchs operating software other than the new ios7 Shame. Not all of us can afford a NEW device that supports latest software.. especially a 5 year old..

  • Outstanding

    This is a clever, engaging, and polished game. I am learning fast. Well worth the price!

  • Needs Writing

    This app is wonderful, but needs writing

  • Please add support for traditional characters


  • Wish I could afford the full version!

    What I played was great. Well polished, clean feeling app. Fun and addictive with lots of nice visuals and sounds. Enjoyed learning with it. Unfortunately, I can't afford the full expansion.

  • Awesome

    I'm Chinese and this is a good app from my point of view

  • I like it

    I really do like this app a lot. The games are fun, the words and phrases give are very useful, and I feel like I'm learning a lot. However, I think I few simple things would really improve it: The ability to select individual words from multiple lessons to create a personal list of words you'd like to review An option for traditional Chinese characters Better pronunciation- some of the words are pronounced incorrectly Other than that, it's a great app

  • Amazing!

    I bought the full access version so I have all the languages they have to offer to play. I'm currently learning Chinese Mandarin and Japanese. So much fun and I've learned so much! I didn't have a problem when I downloaded the full access version everything updated fine. Great apps!

  • Purchased all the lessons for mandarin...never received them

    Great app!

  • This is ok

    I mean it helped me learn numbers but after I completed learning numbers the app said that I needed to buy more lessons which is stupid. For youre information never get this app

  • Mandarin

    Bought the app's mandarin add on but did not fulfill my purchase while I was charged...1 star

  • Problem >.>

    I first downloaded the app and was satisfied with it, I made an account learned my numbers, then proceeded to buy the whole entire app. However I upgraded my phone to an iPhone 6. I re downloaded the the app and lost ALL of my work, points, and most importantly my access to all of the lessons, if you guys would install or put in a "restore my purchase" somewhere that would be great instead of linking the money with an account someone would most likely forget.

  • Great way to start learning Mandarin!

    If you want learn the fun way, then check out this app ( first lesson is free)! Sometimes I am forgetting that I am studying because there a are many fun games to choose from. You can customize your lessons by focusing on what YOU want to learn first. I did not give this app five stars because there is only one game for tones and error recognition. So far this app is worth the money.

  • Yeah right.

    Played through the free game. You have to memorize the words on your own from a 'review' page with no help from the app at all, then play a mini game to match the words. The hell am I reviewing? I haven't even learned anything! There's seriously no help from the app other than pressing on the word to hear how it's pronounced. The rest is up to you.

  • Extremely helpful

    I was extremely surprised at how good this app is. The games are fun.

  • Worth Downloading

    An effective and harmless way to begin learning Chinese. A recognition-based approach that is fun and quite possibly addictive. If you want to start learning Chinese but aren't ready to make a commitment, you've found what you're looking for. Enjoy.

  • seriously, seriously GREAT app but...

    This app is everything a learner could want. I love it, was ready to buy all 50 lessons but the problem is that the new games won't download and another review says they didn't even receive the lessons. Please fix these bugs because this app has wonderful potential

  • Fun way to learn some Chinese

    Includes simplified characters, pinyin, and TONES! I only wish it also included grammar, being one of the hardest things to learn in Chinese (for a native English speaker at least). I also wish there was an option to go back over and drill the words on your "mastered" list: they sometimes get thrown in at random with the current lesson you're working on, but not nearly enough to keep them in your memory. Anyhow, great app, I'm thinking of recommending it to my Chinese professor to help her students study!

  • Error 3002

    Can't create an account to use for iPad.

  • Great for auditory learners

    Well designed! I am a speech pathologist, and have a better than average ability to acquire second languages. This app really does well in integrating auditory linguistic features with receptive language features.

  • Best app ever

    This app was so worth the cost. I have been trying to learn Chinese for a year and have tried every language learning app that the App Store offers, and this is by far the best one I have found. Definitely recommend it!!

  • Great for Vocab

    I grabbed the full app and it's so worth it. You really should pair this with other learning sources but it is worth the money. My main gripe is that it doesn't teach stroke order and there isn't really any documentation. My complaint with the company is that there isn't a Korean version. I would snag that up so fast.

  • Amazing tool

    I am studying Chinese in college and this app is a great supplement to my learning. My only suggestion to the creators is if they could make a feature to create your own lessons with the existing words, I wish I could put the vocabulary I have coming up on a test into my own custom lesson and use the AMAZING games the app has to study them!!

  • Crashes on iPhone 6 plus

    Crashes every time.

  • Great app.

    I used the app and it's great. Willing to pay $5 for 50 lessons.

  • Fun App, but ...

    I find this app quite fun to use and I have already finished a view levels. I'm struggling a bit with recall and retention outside the scope of the game, but that may just be me. My main complaint about this app is that (according to my Chinese friends) it teaches a lot of very formal words that are rarely used in daily conversation, rather than the more commonly used ones (e.g. handsome = ying jun vs . shuai) Second, it teaches words you really don't need to know as a beginner (e.g. "submarine" in the "Transportation" category - really!? How often are you going to take a submarine somewhere?). Learning a new language is already hard enough. No need to fill up our memory space with useless vocabulary. Finally, the algorithms that reenforce words you don't remember well is extremely weak. If this app were to use "Spaced Repetition" or "Leitner" it would be significantly more useful. Calling a word "mastered" just because you got it 10 times right isn't very realistic. With these issues addressed, I would give the app 5 stars. Without it, it's just a fun game but without much real teaching power.

  • Great

    Great and fun app!!

  • 100%worth buying

    I have Rosetta Stone but find myself using this app more often. I learn a lot with this and find myself playing this more often than any other games, like WWF or Candy Crush etc. I don't usually pay for apps, actually I'm completely against it (sorry app developers) but after using the free version I decided it was worth it; don't regret my decision!

  • Great app

    Very good quality and very fun! Great thing to do when I'm bored! Can you add an Arabic one?

  • Fun and entertaining!

    Love it so much.

  • Does not work in iOS 8 on ipad

    I used to use this program a lot before iOS 8 but now can't even log in to it.

  • Great to reinforce language class

    I'm taking Chi 111. This app is helping me stay excited and actively learning when I get frustrated and confused. It's perfect to accompany a language class, and reinforces the material into class. The expansion is well worth the money. The games help with speed and comprehension. I don't have OS 8 and do not have any issues.

  • Love the app but it ism,t working with iOS 8.2

    I have had Chinese, Spanish, Italian Mind Snacks for months, and loved them. However, after the new Apple IOS debuted, they quit working. I can play one game and then they freeze. Please, Mind Snack cooks, come up with a fix!

  • Fun and fruitful

    I am taking a Mandarin 101 class and was looking for and app to help reinforce what I am learning. I downloaded the free version and quickly upgraded to the full lessons. I am so glad I did! The 50 word sets are wonderfully comprehensive. This app is stable and well executed. I love that I can switch my vocabulary sets, tap on the characters to hear pronunciation, and the games are quick and engaging. I am grateful to have this app as a tool to help me learn Mandarin Chinese. Kudos!

  • Can't Sign Up

    I can't even get past the login screen. After downloading this app, users are required to create an account and login. Neither button works so even if I had an account, this app would be useless. I'd have happily paid for a good mandarin learning app, but I'm glad that I didn't pay for this one because I do not have to demand s refund.

  • Great app but doesn't work for the iPad on iOS 8

    This app would have 5 stars if it would also work on the iPad. On the iPhone it works fine and is great. On the iPad I can only access the login page and none of the buttons work.

  • App Doesn't Work

    I downloaded this app and it doesn't work. A log-in page shows up but the buttons don't work. Can't get pass the log-in page.

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