This app is an excellent concept but there are many, many technical glitches that make for an extremely frustrating user experience. First, the app sometimes will not load the audio content for articles. Second, the pronunciation for many characters is wrong. Third, the browser loads the articles slowly and sometimes even fails to load them at all. If technical improvements were made to this app, then it would be an excellent tool for learning Chinese, but as of now it's simply too flawed to be worth a premium subscription.
Hands down best app for rapidly improving your Chinese. I'm an avid reader and I always found reading to be the best way to expand vocab. However, until I found out about The Chairman's Bao app I never could force myself to read in Chinese regularly. The biggest issue I had as a learner of Chinese was finding interesting things to read about online that are not too difficult to understand.. After trying out a lot of apps through the last few years I noticed I prefer reading - it gives the learner a better overview of grammar and vocab is repeated more times in written texts. Learning with TCB makes this a breeze, instead of finding and curating content online I can now focus just on the study part and enjoy the feeling of being able to understand Chinese more than with any other app out there. Amazing app, recommend it to anyone who has trouble breaking into reading and improving their spoken grammar.
Great app I bought the subscription a few days ago and am really happy with my acquisition. But I have some suggestions before I rate it as a 5 star app. I already sent a feedback e-mail, but it was suggested that I post it here as well. One suggestion is that it should be possible to set the app for showing pinyin only after tapping a certain character/ word (I explained why in the e-mail). Other suggestion is there should be a distinction in the home screen between the articles that I've read and the others.
A great app and site Could implement a few more cool features which would make it the best.
Doesn't work well at all! I just discovered the app and totally loved it, so I decided to buy the Premium version. When logged in via the browser, it recognises my premium status but the app doesn't. So it's useless for me. Furthermore, the app is full of bugs, I can neither sign out nor view my profile, the app keeps crashing. If you can't get any of this fixed, I'll have to ask for a refund unfortunately - as much as I like the concept of the app
Unusable due to crashes This was a very useful app. Articles are diverse, well-written, read out loud (no TTS as far as I can tell). The in-app dictionary is good, though opening a word's definition in Pleco would make it even better. Unfortunately the app requires subscription fees now. I would gladly pay a reasonable one-time fee, but can't afford a monthly subscription. Also there has been too many crashes lately, making the app practically unusable. I would advise the developers to enhance the free version.
- Increased overall stability
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