Microsoft Learn Chinese

Microsoft Corporation

Price Category Version Released Last Updated Size Compatibility Age
Free Education 1.1 Nov 23, 2017 Mar 08, 2018 61.2 MB iOS 9.0 or later 4+
New in version 1.1

- Content update: 15 beginner lessons added, over 180 words and key phrases including the most useful learning topics
- Ability to switch freely among pinyin, character or both to learn Chinese
- Improved font size, easier to read and interact with
- Clearer learning progress indication on home screen
- Design optimized for iPad and iPhone 4
- Bug fixes, the app is now more stable


Have fun learning the most widely spoken language in the world! Designed for all levels of Chinese learners, this app focuses on the most exciting part of the language: speaking it. By exploring a wide variety of everyday scenarios, you become exposed to essential vocabulary and grammar structures, helping you to speak Mandarin the way natives do. Best of all, it's entirely free!
Speech Recognition: The advanced grading system provides instant feedback.
Professional Course Material: Designed by experienced teachers; and aligned with the HSK difficulty classification.
Conversational Interface: A virtual teacher you can interact with anytime, powered by cutting-edge AI technology.
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Decent start for learning Mandarin, but needs improvement
TyMoral on 12/27/2017
First and foremost, Mandarin is a tonal language and tones make or break the situation. Microsoft doesn’t say anything about the tones prior to plunging into your studies. I like how there’s both studying and conversation sections, but where is the writing portion? Writing is just as important as the other two sections and even helps memorization in some cases. There should also be an option to revisit words or reintroduce weak words into practice to assist in memorizing. Overall, it seems to be a good start to jumping into the wonderful world of Mandarin Chinese!
Pretty cool
Darin.... on 12/26/2017
This is a pretty cool app. In my experience it was fast and responsive in scoring my answers. I like the AI format and it makes it fun. I would recommend this to someone who is already learning Chinese and has a decent foundation but would probably caution against only using this app to learn if you don’t have any prior experience. And someone else notes it doesn’t seem to handle double third tones well. It seems to expect you do the first with a third tone or half third time instead of switching to 2nd. For example it consistently gave me bad scores on ni2 hao3 even though I’ve studied Chinese for about a year
Pronunciation needs improvement
OM3G4LUL on 12/10/2017
It gives me exactly what to say and I say it exactly how I am supposed to, yet I get all reds? I wonder how that works lol fix your app
Very innovative
$SJ$ on 12/9/2017
This app is far from perfect but as a Technologist it impressed me with its speech to text, text to speech intelligence as well as its interactive gamified Interface.
Lesson 2 pause and could not move forward
Wwmok on 12/3/2017
Very buggy. Please fix. Also response slow.
Very cool system
Mikemuch on 12/3/2017
Gets you through the basics quickly and analyzes your pronunciation.
Supplemental too for practice; really slow
famisamis on 12/1/2017
I would recommend this as a tool to supplement a note vigorous learning program such as an academic class or private tutor. It is fun to have an interactive way to practice speaking without the performance anxiety. The processing time for grading responses takes about 5-6 seconds for each one. That doesn’t sound like much but it is quite noticeable. I don’t want to take away from the awesome technology at work to accomplish such a task but I bet Microsoft can do better. Don’t use this by itself. Learn from books and people, apps are good to help you study and practice but not actually acquire a language.
No directions fonts so small for phone limited course work
kikikillercat on 11/29/2017
Limited use small fonts with hard to read colors
Bad placement of start button
Ahjunne on 11/28/2017
I tried running the app on an iPhone 4S. The start button is at the edge of the bottom screen. Cannot start the App at all. If the button position can be moved up, then I could test it.
Tonal recognition is off.
Overseas guy on 11/28/2017
I’ve been in China for several years, just started official Chinese classes at a university. I tried the first lesson: Chinese people don’t really say “how are you ?” They ask if you’ve eaten. They rest was spot on. I’d say the biggest problem was double third tone. 3 + 3 tone = 2 + 3 tones. But the app scores less points when you read it like that. It scores high when you read it: half third and full third. I am impressed it can recognize tones. It’s a very cool thing, please keep in mind that different tones make different words. Thus it should recognize a pronunciation of ní hâo as good. 这个app 真的是厉害, 你们要加油。
Nice try but
Fumbo on 11/27/2017
AI related "scoring" times out repeatedly and makes this app pretty useless. Maybe MS should beta test and harden it's server infrastructure before promoting its achievements.
A complete miss for language learners.
FuyuZero on 11/26/2017
What to expect from this app: Pronunciation: Mandarin is a tonal language, and this app will not point that out in any way. This is an important thing to learn from the very beginning because changing the tone will change the meaning of the word. Instead this app follows an older paradigm about listen and repeat (audio-lingual method). Ask yourself this: how can you speak the language without knowing how to pronounce it correctly? Writing: A minor note here, as the app does not advertise that it teaches writing. Don’t worry though, it won’t teach you how to write, so it lives up to the original promise. I was able to answer the questions in English and it graded me very highly. I am not sure what the “Advanced Grading System” is doing, but understanding you in not one of them. You are presented with the material once. Beginner lessons often deal with set phrases that you are supposed to memorize, and this comes with a series of drawbacks. More repetition would be nice, not to mention some variation. At best, this app won’t teach you Chinese., At worst, it will imbue you with bad habits that you will need to unlearn in the future. I hope Microsoft will use its resources to make a more effective app, because this one is not.
Great app
Richard Liu 1224 on 11/23/2017
Wow, fantastic! I've been longing for a Learn Chinese app, and this is exactly what I want! Fabulous speech rating technology with amazing UI. Great job!
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