The Du Chinese app is quite possibly the best designed Chinese learning app around. I don’t know if it’s the best app overall to learn Chinese but the developers really did an outstanding job. In this review, I’ll tell you more about Du Chinese and help you decide whether or not it’s worth the subscription cost.
First off, I just have to reiterate how smooth and well made this app is. It’s about as sexy as a Chinese learning app can be. It packs all of the features I would want into a clean interface that can be customized to fit your preferences.
Across the top of the screen is the English translation of the currently highlighted sentence. I love that you can tap it to show or hide the translation. If it always showed the English, I’d likely feel it was a crutch and use it too much. However, without it, there would be instances where I’m not certain I understood the sentence correctly. I like hiding the English and then using it to check comprehension later if I’m confused about something.
What is The Chairman’s Bao
The Chairman’s Bao (TCB) is an online newspaper for people learning Chinese. It’s one of the best resources out there and I highly recommend it to everyone.
TCB offers news articles rewritten and simplified for people studying Chinese. They are categorized from HSK 1 to HSK 6+ with new articles coming out daily. The lessons get progressively more difficult, detailed and longer as you move up HSK levels. While it’s not perfect, it’s one of my favorite resources out there.
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.