I used ChineseSkill when I started learning Chinese
The ChineseSkill app helped me a lot on my first steps in learning Chinese. When I moved to China I still wasn’t sure if I would put in the effort to learn Chinese or just try to get by without it. After all, I had spent a few years in Spanish speaking countries and it took me much longer than I expected to learn Spanish. So, I thought, if learning Spanish was so hard for me, do I really have a chance to learn Chinese? I knew I had to learn the basics but wasn’t sure if I wanted to put in the effort to actually become fluent.
That’s where ChineseSkill came into my life.
Memrise manages to be both one of the most useful apps to learn Chinese and one of the most overused. It works best as a complement to other resources. Beginner students or those interested in learning about a specific topic would benefit the most from using Memrise.
What Is Memrise?
Memrise is available as an app or from their website. They are essentially flashcards that have a bit of a game element to them. They excel in helping you learn new vocabulary in a manner that’s more fun than traditional flashcards. They make heavy use of mnemonics to help make the words stick in your memory.
Waichinese is one of the buggiest, most problematic apps I’ve used but I still highly recommend it. Learning to speak Mandarin with good pronunciation is something you can’t ignore or hope for it to come naturally. The sooner you begin improving your pronunciation, the better off you’ll be. If you’re a beginner student, it may seem like learning pronunciation can wait, but correcting pronunciation mistakes gets harder the longer you’ve been making them.
Click here to read about learning pronunciation as a beginner at Hacking Chinese. (While you’re there, bookmark the page and read everything you can.)
In this review of Busuu, you’ll find everything I like and dislike about using Busuu to learn Chinese. In the last section, I’ll give you recommendations for alternatives that can save you money and help you on your journey to learn Chinese. Let’s jump into it.
Busuu is an extremely popular language learning app with over 10 million downloads in the Google Play Store. While it’s definitely not a bad app, I’m not sure it’s that great either. The biggest reason I say this is simply that there are free alternatives that can do pretty much everything Busuu can and often times better. However, for now, I’m going to focus on Busuu.