Du Chinese - Read Mandarin 读中文

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9.13K reviews
Content rating
Everyone 10+
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About this app

With Du Chinese, you can find free lessons to help you practice Chinese anywhere, anytime. Du Chinese is a graded reading app that provides extensive reading practice to all levels of Mandarin Chinese language learners.

As you read Chinese articles and stories, you can access pinyin, audio, and translations with just a tap. Our app also offers a built-in dictionary, reliable translations, grammar explanations, and flashcards to complement your Mandarin Chinese learning journey.

Beginner, intermediate, or advanced, you will find articles and stories that will match your level and improve your Chinese reading and listening skills.

Easily maintain your Mandarin proficiency with regular reading and listening practice. With our diverse range of content, from everyday dialogues to original stories, our readings reinforce and strengthen your Chinese fluency.

• Simplified and Traditional Chinese
• Markings to indicate HSK level, pinyin, and tones
• Detailed grammar explanations
• Recommended lessons based on your reading history
• Written and narrated by native Mandarin Chinese speakers
• Audio synchronized with text
• Sentence translations and context-dependent word translations
• Save and review words using an intuitive SRS flashcard system
• New lessons added every weekday
• Pleco, Hack Chinese and Skritter dictionary integration
• Progress Monitoring

Learn Chinese for free or upgrade to unlock access to:
• 3000+ articles, stories, and courses to explore
• Offline study for learning Mandarin on-the-go
• Audiobook mode for immersive listening experiences

Practice your reading, listening, speaking, and writing all with one app.
▶ Reliable and engaging stories that will keep you reading Chinese
▶ Listen and repeat with native Mandarin Chinese audio to master your tones
▶ Summarize and rewrite stories to practice writing characters
▶ Memorize characters and new words/vocabulary with flashcards.

Download the Du Chinese app and start reading Chinese today!

Beginner Chinese learners can start from ni hao and work their way up through our beginner courses that will take them through HSK 1 and HSK 2. Start off with pinyin and hide it when you’re ready to learn traditional or simplified characters.

Intermediate Chinese learners (HSK 3 and HSK 4) can begin reading more elaborate stories while learning to use Mandarin Chinese grammar in context. Hide pinyin or use difficult words only to show pinyin for all words above your level.

Advanced Chinese learners (HSK 5 and HSK 6) will enjoy our short stories adapted from Chinese folktales and our collections on the Tang Dynasty, Han Dynasty, and more! Our app also covers topics like everyday life in China, funny stories, business Mandarin, latest trends in China, and Chinese history.

Read Chinese at your Level:
Whether it’s our beginner Chinese courses about life in China, advanced Chinese stories about Chinese history, or snippets of daily conversation, you can find material from HSK 1-6 to practice reading Chinese! When you stumble on a word you can check our Chinese dictionary with translations or jump to Pleco.

Save Time:
The Du Chinese app offers a built-in dictionary, pinyin, translations, and professional audio. Take control of your learning experience with our integrations with popular apps like Pleco, Skritter, and Hack Chinese.

Improve Your Tones:
Mastering tones can be very difficult, especially when you’re trying to mimic a robot! That’s why we have professional recordings by native speakers for every lesson. So when you say hello in Mandarin, people will understand your 你好.

Expand Your Vocabulary:
By learning Mandarin Chinese as you read, you’ll pick up on the most useful words naturally. As you read, save new words and practice them later to build your vocabulary. Our interactive flashcards make it easy or sync them with Skritter or Hack Chinese.

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Updated on
Mar 20, 2024

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
This app may share these data types with third parties
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Personal info, App activity and 2 others
Data is encrypted in transit
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Ratings and reviews

8.6K reviews
Tom Watson
May 18, 2024
Honestly, the perfect app to practice reading. It has a large selection of graded readers, human-narrated audio (which can also be consumed like an audiobook/podcast), and tap for definition. You can even save words you encounter with a tap, to review with spaced-repetition flashcards later. As a nice touch, the flashcards created this way include the sentence from which you created the card!
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Ben King
March 22, 2024
The passages all have hand-made translations with synced audio to each word. The knockout feature is that you can highlight a word, and the flashcard will be created with the sentence as context--Incredible! The only problem for me is the walled garden with regards to flashcards. They support export to, but not import from Anki, and no automatic syncing. It's too much effort/risk for me to migrate to a proprietary app, especially when there is no way to add cards outside of their passages.
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March 22, 2024
Thank you for your feedback! Du Chinese offers automatic syncing exporting of Flashcards to Skritter and Hack Chinese if that helps? You can set it up from here: https://duchinese.net/accounts/ We would love to hear more about what kind of syncing you would like to see, so please reach out to us at info@duchinese.net if you have the time.
Patrick Rall
March 24, 2024
This application is fantastic and unlike anything else I have ever used. At an intermediate level it is usually so difficult to find texts that match your reading capabilities. But the expansive library of lessons available with Du Chinese offers plenty of interesting texts that I can read without the stress of constantly looking up words. Learning Chinese by simply reading interesting stories is very enjoyable. I have been using this app for more than a year and I cannot recommended it more.
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What's new

This smaller update fixes a minor issue in the reading screen. Happy learning!