Price: The level 1 course is free, but more advanced learning tools are £27.49 for a year's subscription.
ChineseSkill has been around for years now and is a favourite for many Chinese learners. Aside from having the cutest logo out of all the apps in this list, ChineseSkill offers a number of great features. Firstly, the entire level 1 course is free of charge, making it a good place to start for beginners. Their level 1 has weeks worth of short lessons to get learners up to speed with basic reading, writing, listening and pronunciation. They have mini tests at set intervals to make sure students review and use the lessons they have already completed. If you are a beginner and plan to start lessons with a teacher at some point in the future, ChineseSkill can be a good tool to prepare for lessons and let you know what to expect.
Once users complete the level 1 course, they have the option to purchase a subscription, giving them access to the full range of resources ChineseSkill has to offer. These range from HSK1 all the way to HSK6 level lessons (if you are unfamiliar with you current level, you can use our HSK level quiz to find out). The resources range from writing practise to full on conversational immersion and are a great resource to be used alongside professional tuition to boost your language skills. The immersion feature is also particularly useful if you're studying in the UK and have little chance to interact with native Chinese speakers outside of your lessons.
2.5 Improving Chinese Listening, Speaking and Reading Skills
OK so this isn't the catchiest name for an app but ChineseSkill also have a sister app dedicated more to speaking and listening skills. The main benefit of this version is that it lets you practise speaking by recording your voice and comparing it to that of a native Chinese speaker. Many phrases are covered and it offers a good way to self-study Chinese speaking, something which is generally very difficult to do.
At the moment this app is only available on iOS devices so android users will have to find an alternative app.