In this post we’re going to introduce you to how to use Du Chinese and get the most out of it. Learning Chinese is one of the best investments you can make with your time! It opens up a new world of over 1 billion people you can communicate with, beautiful places to explore, a rich culture to enjoy, business opportunities and personal relationships.
With Du Chinese you can immerse yourself in the language through reading. You also have easy access to the best tools to help your learning.
When you open up the app you’ll first be on the Home Screen where you’ll see recommended lessons. The recommendations are based on what you have recently marked studied, so the more you study the better the recommendations.
You’ll find individual lessons, short stories (with chapters) and courses which are designed to help you naturally progress in your Chinese.
From here you can click into any of the lessons to start studying.
How to Study a Lesson
Each lesson has a short intro page where you can mark it as studied, “star” it to make it easier to find later, or click “Study now” to begin studying the lesson.
Note: You can also download the lesson for offline study or listen to it to improve your listening skills. These features are unlocked for premium subscribers.
Once you’re in the lesson there are all sorts of things you can do! Please refer to the guide below:
If you’d like to save a word to your word bank, just place your finger on the word, drag up and release on “save”.
The word will be saved to your word list and the flashcard system.
Studying Chinese is a bit like working out: A little bit every day will be much more effective than trying to do too much all at once. 10 minutes every day is better than 2 hours once a week.
With extensive reading you can learn Chinese in a natural and enjoyable way. But sometimes you just want to memorize words using brute force and that’s why Du Chinese has a built-in flashcard system.
You can find your flashcards by hitting the “Words” tab at the bottom of the screen when you’re on the home page.
From here you can see your word list, study flashcards or click the settings icon in the top right to make adjustments to the flashcards that you see.
Want to find something in particular? Don’t like the recommended lessons on the home page? If you want to explore all the lessons on Du Chinese just hop over to the “Discover” Page – the second tab on the bottom of the home screen.
On the top of the page you’ll see “Filter”. Go there to filter just the lessons that are relevant to you.
Here you can choose what levels you’d like to study and even hide your studied lessons.
The settings page allows you to access your account, change characters between simplified and traditional and buy a subscription.
A short note on that: Our goal is to help as many people as possible learn to read Chinese and it also takes a whole team of people to create content and develop the app. That’s why we provide as much free content as we can, but we also need and greatly appreciate those of you who can afford a subscription. If you find Du Chinese useful, please consider subscribing.
If you’ve made it this far, you’re clearly a dedicated learner. We’ve created Du Chinese so that you can learn relevant Chinese that people actually use. If you study with Du Chinese for even just a few minutes each day we’re confident that you’ll quickly see your Chinese improve. 加油!