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How to Add Chinese Keyboard on Windows 10

  1. In the Cortana box type ‘Region’.

  2. Click on ‘Region and Language Settings’.

  3. Click on ‘Add a Language’.

  4. From the list of languages select Chinese Simplified.

  5. Select Chinese (Simplified, China).

  6. Click on Language pack available.

  7. Click on Options button.

  8. Wait for Download to complete.

  9. Under Keyboards click on Add a keyboard

  10. Click on Microsoft Pinyin Input method editor and choose the language editor of your choice.

How to Type Chinese on an iPhone (+handwriting)

You will need to activate this on your iPhone first in order to fully utilise the millions of apps for learning Chinese. 


  1. Go to Settings App.

  2. Click on General.

  3. Tap on Keyboard, followed by Keyboards.

  4. Click on Add New Keyboard

  5. Scroll and search for Chinese (Simplified) - Pinyin and Chinese (Simplified) - Handwriting

  6. Tap to select.

Free online English to Chinese dictionary (Traditional and simplified). This website is very simple and easy to use. It also offers various tools such as flashcards, quizzes, text annotation, Chinese text input and more.

Click here for the link

Pleco is a very useful mobile Chinese English dictionary. The feature I found most useful was the full screen handwritting input which is free! Other free content includes an integrated Chinese English dictionary with a flashcard system. Other more advanced features such as the document reader and live camera-based character lookups are fee based.

Pleco for Android


Pleco for iPhone

Quizlet enables you to create your own flashcards or search an archive of flashcard decks from other students.You can easily find flashcards for learning mandarin words on Quizlet.

Quizlet for Android

Quizlet for iPhone

Practice Your Handwriting

Chinese Zibaobao helps your kids to learn to read and write Chinese characters and words in a fun and intuitive way any time, anywhere. As an alternative to writing on paper, try this tool allows you to practice your Chinese handwriting on your personal mobile devices.

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.

Chinese Zibaobao for iPhone

Grimm Fairy Tales (Intermediate / Advanced)

Over 200 of Brother Grimm's Fairy Tales in Chinese with English Translations.

Read a collection of classic Grimm's fairy tales online. Stories available include Little Red Riding Hood (小红帽), The Frog Prince (青蛙王子), Snow White (白雪公主) and Cinderella (灰姑娘).


Alternatively, these titles are available to buy from our shop.

Decipher Chinese - the news app for Chinese learner

If you are like me, someone who spends a lot of time commuting, this is a great app for you to learn to read Mandarin on the go, with bite-size news and magazines articles made easy for students. You will be able to access free daily articles written by experienced teachers specifically for learners. 

Decipher Chinese for Android

Decipher Chinese for iPhone

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