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Learn Chinese (Mandarin) by Brainscape app review: learn at your pace



Language classes aren't for everyone but what do you do if you want to learn another language? The Learn Chinese (Mandarin) by Brainscape app can be used on your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone and gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home. Just think you could do all the learning and studying without anyone even knowing and then you can suddenly wow people with your knowledge. This app is ideal for beginners and those looking to increase their knowledge of Chinese Mandarin.

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Why Choose an App

So what are the benefits to using an app to learn a new language? Well you’ve got the complete flexibility to learn where and when you want, as well as at the pace that is comfortable for you. The app covers Chinese Mandarin vocabulary, word and grammar elements, and stroke order. The way the app works is that you are taught the information based on the most foundational moving to the most complex. You are given the information through pattern repeating, which has been shown to help people learn faster and retain the information.

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The app has just been updated with a brand new motivational system. This system is meant to remind you to get in a bit of studying time each and every day. The free version of the app is meant to be a demo and if you're happy with it you can purchase the full version for $19.99. Users seem to be very happy with the user interface, the way the information is taught, and have given it 4.5 out of five stars.

The app uses a scientific algorithm that uses repetition
The app uses a scientific algorithm that uses repetition

Features of the Learning Experience

The Learn Chinese (Mandarin) by Brainscape app provides users with more than 5,500 flashcards. These flashcards are made up of all kinds of common words and terms. This app isn't about games, activities, and quizzes; it keeps things strictly as learning. The app takes the approach that users likely don't have all kinds of free time to spend studying so the little time they do have available needs to be optimized. The flashcards are shown through a scientific repetition algorithm that has been shown to help people learn fast and easy. The app keeps track of your progress and provides you with statistics and feedback. As well you can always search or browse for a particular card if you want to work on something specific.

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The app uses flashcards
The app uses flashcards

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Pros and Cons


  • The free version gives you a chance to demo the app
  • There are more than 5,500 flashcards that cover all the most common words and phrases
  • The learning process uses a proven repetition algorithm
  • The app keeps track of your progress


  • This one doesn’t take a “fun” approach to learning it’s more serious, which may not work for some

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Final Thoughts

The Learn Chinese (Mandarin) by Brainscape app can be used on your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone and uses techniques that can have some really quick results. While this one isn’t the typical “fun” approach to learning it is certainly very easy to use and navigate.


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