Learning Chinese on your Phone // Chineasy Cards Review

Chineasy Cards 💡 Rated and Reviewed by LTL Mandarin School

Chineasy Review: 9.5/10
This was a really difficult number to give. Chineasy is amazing at what it does and who it’s aimed for and for that I’d give it a 10/10. But in terms of a Chinese learning app, concentrating only on characters for beginner learners, it gets a 9.5/10 for an overall Chinese learning app. But I 100% recommend downloading it if you’re just starting to learn Chinese!

Learning Chinese is so much more than sitting in a classroom and taking notes.

We are in the age of the smartphone. We can access anything at our fingertips in a matter of seconds...

Thankfully, that includes the ability to learn Chinese. In our ongoing quest to find the best Chinese apps, we stumbled across the recently released Chineasy Cards app.

Cleverly launched on the day of Chinese New Year; this easy-on-the-eye app teaches users Chinese characters.

Chineasy shrewdly brings Chinese characters to life by designing a picture around each one with the idea that the picture sticks in your head when trying to memorise characters.

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Chineasy Cards Review #1 // Key Info

Chineasy Cards Review #2 // Pros & Cons

Chineasy Cards Review #3 // Price

Chineasy Cards Review #4 // How does Chineasy Cards work?

Chineasy Cards Review #5 // Chineasy’s Design

Chineasy Cards Review #6 // Chineasy Publications

Chineasy Cards Review #7 // Can I really learn Chinese with Chineasy?

Chineasy Cards Review #8 // Where to Download

BONUS; Buy your Chineasy Cards today!

Chineasy FAQS

Before diving into this app review, have a look at this TED Talk where Shaolan, Chineasy creator, introduce the Chinese language with the help of her designs to a captivated audience:

Chineasy Review // Key Information

Description“Unlock Chinese power with our strategic approach. Our method helps you understand the language structure to learn effectively and expand vocabulary quickly.” (Chineasy)
Where to findOnline: https://chineasy.com/
App (app stores)
Publications (books, games etc)
Podcast (any podcast platforms)
No. of Languages Offered1 (Chinese)
Price$6.99 / $39.99
Chineasy Key Stats

Chineasy Review // Cost (Premium Subscription)

Below are the current costs for the Chineasy App.

Other charges related to Chineasy include purchasing the books and other publications.

Chineasy SubscriptionPrice (USD$)
Chineasy Subscription Fees

Chineasy Review // Pros & Cons

1. An amazing all-around brand with physical publications, podcast, and an app. 1. Only for beginners. Not suited to higher intermediate or advanced learners.
2. Beautiful designs make for a really simple and effective way to learn Chinese characters. 2. Publications include traditional and simplified character mix which could be a bit confusing.
3. Offers both traditional and simplified characters. 3. The clue is in the name – but this learning resource is only for Chinese. This is a con in comparison to other learning apps we’ve reviewed that offer multiple languages, but indeed the nature of this app means that it is only suited to Chinese… nevertheless, something to consider if you’re after only paying for one learning app.
Chineasy Pros & Cons

Chineasy Review // How does Chineasy Cards work?

Chineasy Cards boasts crisp, clear and colourful design
Chineasy Cards boasts crisp, clear and colourful design

It’s fair to say the Chineasy app is probably the most aesthetically pleasing app of all Chinese apps I’ve played with.

The design is so smart, so simple and so easy to follow. Currently, there are a total of 200 levels.

Although this sounds like a lot, levels can actually be completed very quickly.

I’ve been told there is scope for additional levels in the future which is a positive for the more advanced learner.

One note I did find where it slipped on Duolingo was that, upon opening Chineasy Cards for the first time, you have to start at the first level.

When downloading the app I have roughly 400-500 characters to my armour, so going back to the basics was a bit of a waste of time.

Including a feature like Duolingo, whereby you are given a brief assessment, would save a lot of time for the more intermediate/advanced learner.

As you have to attack the levels from 1 onwards there is no scope to skip levels.

However, for the lower intermediate/beginner, this isn’t a problem.

Despite this, there are still some new words I picked up in the earlier levels where two of the more basic symbols link together to make a word. For example, level 11 combines to symbols 父子 (Fù zi).

This makes “father and son”. From the early levels onwards it combines some of these symbols to make some words you may not know so although the earlier levels might be a little easier for some users, you will still pick some new pointers up. Another good example of this is 火山口 (huǒ shān kǒu).

Three basic symbols represent fire, mountain, and hole to make the word “crater”.

That said, this is a hugely appealing app and does start to become addictive.

You can dip in and out as often as possible, there is no punishment for getting things wrong, as I discovered on Duolingo, and its ability to engrain imagery in your head is surprisingly strong.

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Chineasy Review // Design

Chineasy Cards - Learn Chinese Characters
Chineasy Cards – Learn Chinese Characters

I genuinely don’t think I’ve come across another app with stronger design principles than Chineasy.

This was to be expected actually. The ever-growing brand of Chineasy is based on simple but beautiful designs.

The flashcards are a popular product, one of which we own at our schools for our students to study with.

The fact you can now do this on your phone enhances our thoughts of Chineasy.

My favourite design feature without a doubt is the home screen.

You can scroll from level 1 all the way to 200 and follow what is almost a story. As you scroll you’ll be faced with a load of Chinese characters, brought to life by their delightful illustrations.

You’ll find you will take a stroll through the story and learn some characters along the way.

As the pictorial and character references are generally so accurate you’ll take in the Chinese Hanzi without even delving into a level of Chineasy Cards.

It’s a very clever way of setting up the app and also makes it easily accessible to all ages.

Whereas many learning apps might focus completely on 18 years and above, Chineasy actually even has an appeal to a younger market also going by the style and design of the app.

Chineasy Review // Chineasy Publications


chineasy books
Chineasy Books

After their first book publication success, Chineasy have gone on to publish a variety of books. They’re available on stores such as Amazon online.

Aside from the physical book publications, there is also an ebook available.

They’re great physical books for those that prefer learning using books. Plus, they make beautiful gifts for any Chinese learner!


Chineasy Publications

Apart from the Chineasy books, there is also a range of other publications available. This includes a postcard set, a set of flashcards, a workbook, and even a Chineasy memorization game.

We love how all of this fits in together!

Can I learn Chinese using Chineasy Cards?

Chineasy Cards uses pictures as a way of memorising Chinese characters
Chineasy Cards uses pictures as a way of memorising Chinese characters

Learning Mandarin is a different kettle of fish from other languages in the sense we don’t have an alphabet to learn, it’s a new set of characters, and we simply start from scratch.

Learning Chinese can be broken down into:

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking

Chineasy Cards will help you with one/two of these.

If you want to improve your Chinese speaking ability, this isn’t the app for you, likewise your listening.

However, if it’s reading Chinese that is your goal, this is a must-download. 

There are not many Chinese apps out there that help you learn all four of these elements.

In my opinion it’s probably worth downloading the apps that specialize in certain areas rather than try and cover all four.

Skritter, for example, looks at building characters with stroke order and learning how to write them.

Chineasy cards will help you recognise those characters that Skritter helps you write so these two apps instantly go hand in hand with each other.

Although we can learn to recognise the character with Chineasy, if you want to discover how to write the character, you are left underwhelmed – so add Skritter to your download list alongside Chineasy Cards and you have a recipe for success.

Add to that the Chairmans Bao – an app for reading Chinese articles. You learn them using Chineasy Cards and you put this into practice using the Chairmans Bao app. Genius!

It’s difficult for any app to offer the full speaking, listening, reading and writing package.

The chances are, if they do, they may be a little less detailed than the ones that focus on one area which is another reason why Chineasy is so likeable. It does exactly what the brand does, it’s aesthetically gorgeous and doesn’t pretend to be something it isn’t.

The release of the app on the day of Chinese New Year just enhanced our love for Chineasy a bit more. DOWNLOAD IT.

Chineasy Cards Rating – 9.5

Rating: 9.5 out of 10.

Ever wondered how many Chinese characters there are in total? Find out with our blog about the “Chinese Alphabet

Chineasy Review // Where to Download





BONUS – Buy Your Chineasy Cards Now!

Not only can you download the Chineasy app to learn on the go, but you can also buy the actual decks of Chineasy Cards or Chineasy study books directly from Amazon!

There are plenty available to help you learn Chinese in a fun and super easy way.

Here is a selection of how favourite Chineasy products. Click on the image to be directed to the Amazon product page👇

Please note these links are affiliate links and LTL Mandarin School take a small cut of any sales made, with the rest going to Amazon and the lister of the product.

Chineasy Review // FAQs

What is Chineasy Cards?

Chineasy Cards is an app designed at learning Chinese characters using objects to mimic characters.

Can I download Chineasy Cards on my iPhone?

Yes it is available to download on the App Store.

When was Chineasy Cards first released?

On Chinese New Year 2018.

Can I buy the paper version of the Chineasy Cards?

It is indeed possible to buy the paper version of the Chineasy Cards!

You can find a collection of Chineasy related products, such as books, cards, memory games… on Amazon.com.

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