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Ni hao! Brainscape's web and mobile Chinese app will help you learn common Mandarin vocabulary and grammar using the most scientifically proven learning system ever created. Get started FREE today!


How to Learn Chinese Fast

Did you know that you may be wasting a huge portion of your time learning Chinese due to inefficient learning methods? Let me tell you how you can learn FASTER.

It's all about a new technique called Confidence-Based Repetition. As much as we'd like to think that we can improve our Chinese by watching movies or just being dumped in the right country, our brains are proven to best absorb new language concepts one-at-a-time, in small increments. And I don't mean just learning word lists one-at-a-time. I mean building your actual vocabulary and character-writing skills from the ground up. Say goodbye to ineffective Chinese games and boring Chinese textbooks.

Why Brainscape Chinese Works

Confidence-Based Repeition (CBR) is the system of introducing concepts incrementally, at gradually increasing difficulty, while repeating the tough concepts in the right intervals of time based on YOUR confidence levels. CBR helps to optimize your study time so you can learn more in less time.

There's no reason you should be hearing totally unfamiliar strings of gibberish fly in one ear and out the other. You should be building yourself up by scaffolding one concept at a time.

The problem has traditionally been that there are NO apps that apply the simple CBR method. Creating a comprehensive curriculum based on CBR takes WORK, and most app developers are more concerned with flashy software than with actual learning sciences.


Brainscape's learning scientists from Columbia and Yale Universities have spent the past THREE YEARS developing a complete, scientifically optimized Chinese curriculum tailored specifically for the mobile environment. In the process, we have created the first web and mobile app based around Confidence-Based Repetition. Check out our 40-page white paper on our website, explaining the cognitive science behind why this works.

The Easiest Way to Learn Chinese

With Brainscape's Learn Chinese, you get:

  • A carefully tailored curriculum that builds on previous concepts and guides you from beginner to conversational at your own pace

  • Over 6,000 AUDIO flashcards for the most common Chinese words, phrases, and sentence constructions

  • Brainscape's adaptive, spaced repetition system that we call Confidence-Based Repetition

  • Ongoing feedback, statistics, and visualization tools to help you track your progress

  • A network of thousands of other learners who support each other's learning every day

Don't believe us? Feel free to try it for FREE. We look forward to working with you over the months and years to come. You'll be glad you joined the Brainscape community.







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Survival Chinese

With Chinese among the world's most widely-spoken languages, it's time to learn at least enough to survive with this subject! 

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Chinese Vocabulary

Thousands of smart flashcards covering the most important Chinese (Mandarin) vocabulary terms, ordered from the most foundational to the most complex. 

21 Decks   3,937 Cards   79,556 Learners

Chinese Grammar

Memorize all of the most essential Chinese verbs, and drill yourself on Mandarin measure words and particles.

3 Decks   478 Cards   78,542 Learners

Chinese Writing

Use this tool to study Chinese character stroke order, and to memorize Kangxi radicals of 1 to 17 strokes.

5 Decks   236 Cards   78,399 Learners

Business Chinese

Is your Chinese already decent, but just lacking in business vocabulary? Drill yourself on over 1,000 of the toughest commercial & legal terms.

10 Decks   1,171 Cards   82,576 Learners