Survival Chinese for English Speakers App

Available for Android Devices!

You need this Chinese phrasebook app so you can survive and enjoy your trip to Mandarin Chinese speaking countries.


This support page provides the advantages of the app, explains how it works, and a link to a guide explaining the use of Pinyin.

  1. Key Features
  2. How it Works
  3. Explanation of Pinyin
  4. Privacy Policy
  5. Licensing FAQ for Android devices
  6. More Language Products
  7. Contact

1) Key Features

  • Works with all Apple and Android devices.
  • Simple to use, yet very comprehensive.
  • Over 1,500 practical and useful phrases for common situations.
  • Each Mandarin Chinese phrase is spoken by a native Chinese speaker with crisp and clear sounds.
  • Hearing the spoken Chinese will help you increase the speed of learning the language.
  • The Character function allows you to change between Traditional and Simplified Chinese characters in the display.
  • Includes Pinyin text for each phrase.
  • The Search function allows you to find the word or phrase you need.
  • Build your list of Favorite phrases with the Favorites tool.
  • Increase the size of the text as large as you need it.

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2) How it Works

When the app first starts the Help screen appears and explains the Symbols used in the app. The Help screen also shows how to increase the size of the text, how to add Favorites, how to Search for the phrase you want and how to change between Traditional and Simplified Chinese characters in the display. You can always access the Help page by selecting the question mark (?) icon.

The Index contains 24 sections as you see in figures 1 – 3. Click on any section and you are taken to the list of items in that section. Click on any item in the list and the Chinese voice will speak the item. Use the back arrow at the top of the screen to return to the Index.

Figure 1

Figure 1

Figure 2

Figure 2

When you are within a section as shown in Figure 4, you will be presented with the phrase in English, the Chinese characters and the Pinyin for that phrase. Click on the phrase and you will hear the Mandarin Chinese phrase spoken.

Note that the screen images for the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices are all very similar to the what you see in these figures.

Figure 3

Figure 3

Figure 4

Figure 4

You can have Traditional or Simplified Chinese characters displayed by using the Character function, as shown in Figures 5 and 6.

Figure 5

Figure 5 – Traditional Chinese

Figure 6

Figure 6 – Simplified Chinese

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3) Explanation of Pinyin

An explanation of the use of Pinyin is available here at Wikipedia.

4) Privacy Policy

Our Survival Chinese for English Speakers App for Android operating systems does not collect any of your personal information. We do not have access to any of your personal information and therefore cannot and do not share it with any other entity. The only data that we store within the app is your Favorites.

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5) Licensing FAQ for Android devices

If you have questions about Android licensing issues please visit our Talking Thai <> Eng Dictionary App FAQ section at our Paiboon – Word in the Hand website.

*Please note that only the Android Licensing FAQ items apply to the Survival Chinese for English Speakers App. All the other questions apply specifically to our Talking Thai-English Dictionary app.

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6) More Language Products

Please see our Facebook page for more language products.

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