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Learn languages the simple way with Learn Chinese - Win 1 of 50 copies

Learn Chinese for the BlackBerry PlayBook
By DJ Reyes on 2 Apr 2012 03:29 pm EDT

I’ve always been fascinated with certain languages, more so no that I’m older. Learning in school was boring and trying learn as an adult is a bit challenging, though I don’t think it needs to be. In the past I’ve picked up some of those books with CDs, those can be quite fun as takes you away from the boring, mundane business of learning grammar rules that you get taught in schools. Looking back at how I learned to understand and speak my parents native language (tagalog), I never had to write things down or learn grammar rules. Simply by listening to them have conversations or even speak to me, I would slowly pick up what certain words meant. At the beginning I didn’t necessarily know what the whole sentence meant word for word but I did understand what they were telling me. And I eventually learnt how to answer them back in tagalog as opposed to english. That takes me to the Learn series from S4BB. A few months ago I took a look at Learn French, this time I’ve been learning Chinese. Keep reading to take a closer look at the app.

The Review

Developer: S4BB
Version (at time of review): 2.3.3
File Size: 1093 KB
OS Requirements: Smartphone OS 4.6.0 and above / Tablet OS 2.0.0
Cost: $4.99 Website:

When you first download the app, there are now lessons loaded. You have to download these are you go along through the lessons or you can download them in bulk. The best way to that would be to sideload the lessons from a PC or Mac. Within the app you can email yourself the files to download. Once you have these loaded onto your BlackBerry, then the learning can begin.

Transfering Learn Chinese files to you BlackBerry

There are different learning levels - Newbie, Elementary, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced, with lessons naturally covering a lot more as you progress through. Lesson times range from 10-15mins each. Lessons are planned out by starting with the dialogue spoken three times so you get a feel for what it should sound like. Then Ken and Jenny (your tutors) will break it down sentence by sentence, then word for word and you’ll find yourself saying things out loud as you start the speak the language. The lessons cover real world conversations and scenarios. So if you want to learn basic Chinese to allow you to make orders at the restaurant or ask for directions while you’re on holiday, or just want to learn the language, it’s all covered. 

Learn Chinese Levels

Compared to the Learn French version I reviewed a while back, Learn Chinese has a whole lot more lessons, with about 150 Newbie lessons alone and almost 500 lessons altogether. I find them very engaging, as well as just the right length so as not to get bored. I like the fact that you can pick and choose the lessons you want to learn, you don’t have to necessarily do them in order. There is certainly a lot of lessons to keep you busy learning Chinese in the long run. 

Learn Chinese Newbie Lessons

Within the app there is a link that directs you to more lessons, as well as being able to get your hands on transcripts and vocabulary, if you really wanted to take things further. For me, the lessons within the app are suffice enough -- at least for now. My only gripe with the app is that there is no way to rewind the lessons. The only media options you have are play, pause and restart. It really needs to have a rewind option. There are times when I just want to go back a bit in the lesson but can’t so I’ve just got to continue or start over -- it can get annoying at times. However, overall, I have been enjoying the app and is something I do recommend if you want to give learning Chinese a go. Learn Chinese is available in App World for both your BlackBerry smartphone and PlayBook for $4.99. If you fancy your chances though you can win one of fifty copies from S4BB. Check out the contest details below.

Learn Chinese Other Materials

Learn Chinese
by S4BB

The Good

The lessons are engaging and cover real world conversations. Lessons are bite-sized so you don't get bored.

The Bad

There is no way to rewind through the lessons.


A great way to learn Chinese, with almost 500 lessons starting from newbie to advanced, it makes learning the language, simple and fun. There are no grammar rules to learn and you can start speaking from the first lesson.

Download Learn Chinese for your BlackBerry smartphone

Learn Chinese QR Code

Learn Chinese web link

Contest: The developer of Learn Chinese, S4BB, has sent us 50 free copies to pass on to you guys! To enter, leave a single comment below. The contest ends Sunday at midnight PST. Good luck!



Would be nice to try it out!


Looks like a interesting app. I know a little chinese already but very little. With this app I could learn to speak it as a second language. Hope I win.


Sounds interesting I would like to give it a go ;)


gotta win... t pain is a winner, i want to be one too!


Never tried to learn a second language. Would love to give it a go.


I'd like to try this out. I've considering this for my job.


Believing that a language can be learned via a phone app is nothing short of delusional. The "mundane" business of learning grammar rules gets taught for a reason. But what do these highly educated professionals know, huh?


Something lodged up there? Or would you like something to be lodged up there?

you sir name

Would definitely be interesting to try out!


I'd be interested to learn Chinese too! Thx :)


Please I just want to win this one and never win anything on Crackberry again !!

Would be nice and helpful to find a Chinese girlfriend ;)


I'm in, I wonder if I can learn how to order dim sum with this haha


I am up for a new challenge....


I would love to win this app. I plan on going to China later this year so this would be helpful


This would be wonderful for school.


I wound love to have this app.


Would love a copy of this.


would be great, i need some basic chinese in august/september :)


Would love to try it! :-)


I would love to learn a new language


I'd like to give this a try. The only "complaint" I have is that it was difficult to determine whether it taught Cantonese or Mandarin... Even after going to their (S4BB) web-site, I only see the word "Mandarin" in the iPod/iPad description, so I can only assume that it is the same for BB.

DJ Reyes

My apologies, I should have mentioned it in the article. It's Mandarin.


I would love a copy of this. I have been traveling to China for 5 years for work, and still haven't learned the language. I'll try anything!


This would be a great addition to my current efforts!

Thanks S4BB and CB!


I'll take a copy. Heading over there next year and need all the help I can get....


This would undoubtedly be a great app!! Chinese would be a wonderful language to learn!


pick me, pretty please


Would like to try this and if it works well, I will go for more languages too!

Gordon Anderson

My girlfriend is Chinese and though her English is excellent I would love to know what she is saying to her family about me!

Gordon A


Would love to try it, and actually be able to order something else then a beer :-)


Thanks for the story and opportunity to win a copy of the app. Best of luck to everybod!!


I would love to have this app.


Would like to learn I could talk to my nieces.


Would be good to learn Chinese. Please?


This would be awesome. I have friends who speak it and I can't ever figure out what they are saying.


Would love to learn Chinese on the go! better than through DVDs!


I love Blackberry and I am Chinese! would be great to have this app.


Please pick me, i would love to try this out.


Yes, please. I think I could put this to good use.


My friend just moved to Shanghai, China for the half a year & it'd be so cool to talk to her in the language she's learning as well haha :]

Pilot Prop

I've always had an interest in learning a second language(either chinese or spanish). this should help.


I would love to try this. I have adopted a daughter from the Hubei province and would love for both of us to learn the language of her birthplace.


Sounds like a good app to have.


As a foreign language major, I would LOVE to have this app.

Thanks, CB!


would love this app, this would def. help with communication with my family in china when i visit next year!


Need to enhance my basic mandarin skills :) Please let me win :)


I'd love to win this app!


Would definitely love to try out this app as I definitely want to pursue some expatriate assignments in the near future.


I am not Chinese, but I am married to a Chinese woman, and I am convinced her mom is talking smack about me sometimes behind my back. I NEED this app so I can "follow along" silently, and then bust out and unleash a verbal tirade of Maury proportions in Chinese.. So Please hook me up!


My step mother and sister are Chinese so I would love to learn the language, also china will take over the world soon anyway lol


awesome. my son wants to learn Chinese. This is a great way for him to learn it.


nee how ma?
woh ay nee


Pick me! Dragon i like moo goo gai pan


My coworkers are chinese and I try to talk chinese with them from the words they teach me but its difficult to learn without a 1 on 1 lesson. i would love this app. Plus it would be cool for them to see an african american man speak chinese to them.


I'm currently in school trying to get my Mechanical Engineering Degree and this one of the Languages that I wanted to learn. I would definitely use this!


count me in. I'd like to speak Chinese and Spanish. Don't mind forgetting about English.


I always look for an app like this to teach my boyfriend Chinese.


This would be very useful for me as a med student wanting to practice in a population that will have lots of chinese speaking people!

Thanks CB!!!


I travel to China once a year and would love to have access to this learning tool.


Oh this is SO COOL! I have wanted to learn a different language for so long, but can't afford the expensive material! Hope I win a copy :)


Mandarin or Cantonese? I know a little Mandarin and I'd love to learn either language.


Sounds interesting....would love to give it a chance!


I wanna try this out :)


Would be fun to learn..salamat!!


Chinese all the way long.


Right on ! Can i have one for either my playbook or 9780. Thanks CB 4 da chance


I would love to win this. My daughter, 14, is from China and she wants to learn Chinese, but I can't afford Rosetta Stone. This app would be great!!! Please consider me. Thanks.


would make my day to be able to order "pu pu platter" in Chinese next time I go out for dinner!


Let me win pretty please!!! :D


I travel to China often, and I am frustrated by not having a good product to learn to get along, which I think is only considerate....


I uses to know enough to order dim sum - would be great to learn more.


I was planning to learn mandarin and this application will help me a lot. So, CrackBerry, help me learn! Thanks a lot.


Would be nice to be able to impress some of my Chinese suppliers!


I'd like this :) Gf would be happy.


Since I actually live in China and I'm actually learning Chinese at the moment this could be very useful indeed. I often have time on bus and train journeys with nothing to do, spending the time learning might be a better use of my time than playing games. Might be nicer for my battery too.


I've been trying to learn Chinese for about 4 years and still can't hold a conversation. Would love to give this a go!


Thanks for the contest.

I'd like to win a copy.

Pablo Gimenez

Buenos Aires


time for me to learn chinese...


Handy stuff, yes thanks :)


I started learning Mandarin and would love to learn more.


Thanks to S4BB for developing useful apps for BB and PB. I would love to try this app.


Would love to win this


I'd like to give it a try!


Would love to win a copy.


I sure would love to learn chinese.. i want to win this app :D


This would be a great addition to The Rosetta Stone - thank you!


... i'd like a copy... let see if it comes handy during my business trip tochine 2 weeks from now...


Been looking for something to refresh what little I had learned previously


I am a Canadian-Born Chinese and I would love to learn the Chinese language.


i have always wanted to learn chinese


it would come in handy. choose me. :)


omg this would be so great


I'd love to use this app!


I want to learn mandarin


Participando. Saludos.


Hey Guys!

Great Give-away! Really!! I've been drooling over these apps for a while now :)

Oh please please give me one MORE reason never to put my playbook down!!!!


Hey Guys!

Great Give-away! Really!! I've been drooling over these apps for a while now :)

Oh please please give me one MORE reason never to put my playbook down!!!!


This sounds like an awesome app. I was looking for a nice language app on my phone/playbook and this seems to be a good fit.


One of fifty - thanks. I need this now and want to try it out + report my findings to any potential users out there on CB and AppWorld. Please be mine..


I want to learn Chinese! Thanks, CrackBerry!


my Chinese girlfriend would love me even more.thanks


我们可能会得到你所希望的。May we get what you wish for !!!!


I've visited China a few times but can't speak the language. If I could learn some words and phrases then I'll have an more enjoyable visit. I hope I can win one of the copies.


Sounds interesting, I'll give it a go please ;)


After watching Firefly for the umpteenth time I always thought I'd have to learn Chinese. Now I can know more than just the swear words.


I need to brush up on my chinese!


Ok, let me win this one.


Cool. I would like to win a copy :)


Ni Hau ??
Nice to have... ^_^


I would love one! I so want to go china one day!


Give me one please

‎​‎​​° • · ♥·♡ τнäиκ чöü ♥·♡ · • ° crackberry


ive always wanted to learn chinese!! would love to win this app


I am studying Chinese now, wanna grab it. Pleaseeeeeeeeeee.


I really want to learn Chinese this summer so I'd love to win this :D


I'd love to start learning Chinese with my BlackBerry. I know a little Japanese, so this would be a nice compliment to that!


Ok, now this is something that I really want!


maybe I can finally win something


I would like the opportunity to learn and expand my communication skills


Sounds good, sign me up please! thanks CB


I never won something! This will be the ideal first first prize!!!!


is it possible to use the touch screen to learn how to write chinese symbols?


is it possible to use the touch screen to learn how to write chinese symbols?


sounds awesome! id love to win


Sounds like a great deal.. is it available for the PlayBook?!

If so, I want one!!!




This would really be helpful, both in my business and with friends.


This would be a great way to learn my mothertongue rather than speak Chinglish. LOL


I need to learn french for my job. This would save my butt :)
I haven't found too many helpful apps for languages


I am a Filipino working here in Malaysia and most of my teammates are Chinese Malay. They usually speak in Chinese and I would love to surprise them and answer them back in Chinese as well.


I hope I win one copy!


I would love to get a free copy of this. If my name gets picked I will literally giggle like a little school girl!


Is it as good as a Chinese girlfriend??? I'll let you know if I win.


I would love to try this out. Please put me on the list.


This would be nice to be able to understand my girlfriends mom when she's speaking.


I need this I need this :)))


That would help me improve my level of Chinese. Would love to get a copy.


Give me one please. I learn japanese and I want learn chinese :)


I'd love to try it. Thanks.


Nice ! Looking for something easy and effective to pick up a new language or two !
Looking forward to perhaps trying this :)


Nice, can learn the language spoken where most of our toys are made! I'm in.


My Far Eastern History teacher taught us a little Chinese - this would take it to the next level!


i wan pls i realy need it T.T


Sure why not. At work we commonly get people who don't speak English, so it might be nice to win a copy.


Sure, why not learn a new language.


I'd like to get this.


This would be very cool to win. My great grandfather was chines and with long lost family out there I might be able to speak to them as a great surprise, also would be cool to just know another language.
Thanks in advance CrackBerry and S4BB!


I would very much love to get this app for free!
Though, if I had to pay for it, it sure seems quite a bargain.


I always wanted to learn Chinese, but I'm a downer... then I remembered the mighty words..... "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can"... In for a chance.
This is for you Thomas the Choo Choo Train......this is for you....


Why not Chinese?! I would love to understand what they're saying at the Chinese restauants that I go to.


It would be great to learn chinese!


Give me one please. Want to learn other language as well. Currently I can speak English and Tagalog (it's Filipino actually).


Well, China soon we come,


Great idea for an app.
I just came back from China and wish I had it with me!
Help me win !! 777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777


Although, I already speak 4 languages, I would love to learn Chinese. I have always enjoyed the culture.


Learning another language would be cool.


I visit Taiwan from time to time and would love to have this on my blackberry to refresh my memory of the language before I arrive.


I would like to learn Chinese .


I would like to try this app out. I am in on this one Kev.


I would love to win this. I find Chinese a fascinating language but don't want to go the full Rosetta Stone route to learn some.


Learning another language is fun. And I think Chinese is an odd one. Let me try this.


I hope I win! but good luck to everybody!


This looks cool. I would love to try this!


I'd love to try this


I would like to know what the people at the Chinese take out are really saying about me!!! Pick me


I would love to learn Chinese! Pick ME! :)


Have been studying Mandarin for about a year. Would like to try additional material.


Can't hurt to learn a new language!

Good luck everyone! :)



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Ed Russell

Would be a nice addition to my new z10

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Can't wait to try!

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Faye Chakmakoglu

I'd love to try it!

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I'd love to have this (anything to help improve my Mahjong scores)!

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I love to win

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Domzkie Nickz

Nice! I would need this for my work!

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Domo origato Mr. Roboto please pick me!

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Rayed Siddiqui

I love learning :)

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This is cool! I'd love to win this.

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Yes. I love Chinese

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My wife is Chinese. I would like to be able to understand her. Thank you.

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Give me a copy plzzzzzzzzzz

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Yes Please!

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Peaceful world

Support you!

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Would definitely go visit China if I could speak Chinese!

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Looking forward to this

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It is so cool when get free to learn Chinese.

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I really like Chinese

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I would love to have a copy

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I only know a few words of Mandarin but would like to learn more.

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Love to have a copy. I'm Chinese but can't speak a word of it.

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Being able to speak Chinese will help me a lot in my line of work. Winning this app will surely make my day. Wó yau zhege!

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Yes Please

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It sounds interesting, I don't pay for a lot of apps but sounds like it's worth it.

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Time to expand my vocabularies

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Surely sounds like something I would like to try. Learning a new language would be helpful in my business, and could help me (in due time) start working with entrepreneurs in other countries. I'm in...

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I would love to try as well

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This will come in handy.

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Love this contest. Hope get one license

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If this is still going on, count me in.

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Already have some Chinese lessons but find them tedious...will like to see if this is any good

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Freshman in College, International Business major taking Chinese and looking for any quality supplemental program out there!

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Would love this being in Pakistan learning Chinese is almost mandatory now

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