Top Chinese Translation Apps Reviewed

Chinese translation apps review


Mandarin Chinese is indeed the most spoken language in the world. Along with that, it is one of the hardest languages to learn with over 100,000 Chinese characters and four distinct tones. All these factors make it even harder for a non-Chinese speaker to travel and live in china.

Fortunately, in this era of technology, we have many valuable Chinese translator apps that make it easier for people to translate, understand, and express in Mandarin Chinese.

but with so many applications out there people often struggle to choose the best Chinese translator apps. In this article, we will be reviewing some of the best mandarin translation apps.



Pleco is a free application software that provides an English and Chinese dictionary for IOS and Android. The app is suitable for students and language learners as it works as a reliable Chinese word translator.

Pleco provides the feature of drawing Chinese characters and then shows similar characters for finding meanings and phrases.


  • Free basic features.
  • Available on Android and IOS
  • Handwriting input
  • No adds
  • voice translation


  • full dictionaries not available in free version
  • Weak OCR
  • Expensive add-ons



TrainChinese is another great free Chinese translation app that works on both android and IOS. The free version works great and has a complete dictionary available with example sentences and audio recordings.

TrainChinese also provides the feature of creating and saving flashcards for later use. The app is certainly more than a dictionary providing example questions, sentences, and phrases of searched words.

  • Available on Android and IOS
  • Great study tool providing questions, sentences, and phrases related to the searched word
  • Flashcards can be saved and synced on devices.
  • Updated version display adds
  • Requires Paid add-ons for basic features
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iTranslate is a Chinese alphabet translator app that assures that it won’t be a problem using this app in china.

iTranslate has all the basic modes for language translation offering landscape mode, translation history, voice recognition, spoken English to Chinese translations, and auto-detect input.

To avail of these features, the app requires a subscription, but for first-time users a week of free trial is available

  • Instant voice translation
  • Dictionary and thesaurus available for the Chinese language
  • Accurate OCR and text translations
  • Expensive subscription
  • Various users were billed even on a free trial.
  • Poor interface
  • Voice translation not available offline


Microsoft translator 

Microsoft Translator is a free, personalized translation app that is compatible with over 70 languages. It also provides mandarin to English translation.

The app is free and available on both android and IOS.

It provides a simple and user-friendly user interface. Unlike Google Translate, Microsoft translator is unblocked in china and there is no need for a VPN to use it.


Features offered by the app include; voice translation, OCR, and text translation.

  • Available on Android and IOS
  • Simple and user-friendly interface
  • In-person and network conversation mode
  • Not very accurate
  • Offline language file(text to text) takes a lot of memory
  • Limited features


Google translate 

Google translate is probably the best online Chinese translator app. Providing accurate Chinese word translation. Google translate is completely free and is compatible with android and IOS.

The app has a simple and minimalistic interface and it features audio, photo, and handwriting translation options. Just by pointing the device camera at the text, the photo translation feature can translate large chunks of text simultaneously.

It uses a unique machine learning software to optimize and eliminate errors.

  • Accurate translations
  • Simple and user-friendly interface
  • Fast translations
  • The significantly larger language database
  • Often produces grammatical errors
  • Produces contextually irrelevant results when translating longer sentences



More than just a language translation app, FluentU helps in learning the Chinese language while it performs the translation.

FluentU works as a video and picture translation app. It provides a library of hundreds of videos having English and Chinese transcriptions to choose from.

By teaching through videos the app provides the opportunity to interact and learn the Chinese language as native people do. The app is extremely helpful for beginners as well as professionals.

  • Accurate translations
  • Easy to use
  • Flashcards are available
  • The significantly larger language database
  • subscription required(not free)
  • no speaking output available
  • Limited videos available
  • Only short videos available



It is a voice translation application that supports Chinese to English voice translation but not vice versa.

The free version provides all the basic features working as an accurate voice translator and image recognizer (the app is capable of identifying objects pointed by the camera and shows results in target language).

Baidu translate doesn’t always provide accurate translations and there are always some chances of faulty results.

  • free
  • impressive image recognition
  • Guaranteed to work in china
  • No English to Chinese voice translation
  • Complex interface for beginners
  • Not very accurate



Waygo is a paid app service available for IOS and android users. It provides instant character recognition and Chinese writing translations; Chinese text can be translated into English in real-time using a Smartphone camera.

Impressively Waygo provides all these features offline too, which means you don’t need to have an internet connection to use the translator.

  • Works offline
  • The free version allows 10 translation per day
  • Fast translations
  • easy camera function
  • translation history available
  • Supports Limited languages
  • Paid subscription required



These were some of the best Chinese translator apps out there. Either you are a student a tourist or a businessman, All these apps can be very useful for you to learn and understand the Chinese language.

Although none of these apps are perfect and have their pros and cons, they work as reliable Chinese translators providing Chinese to English translation and English to Chinese translations.

hopefully, as technology is progressing these mandarin translation apps will get more accurate and efficient in the future.

Author Bio: Muhammad Hubban
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