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Learn to write Chinese characters on your iPhone with Skritter

Skritter on iPhones
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Real Handwriting

With Skritter, you write, not trace. Skritter gives you immediate stroke-level feedback.

Study Anywhere

No internet? No problem. Learn offline, automatically sync when connection returns. Happy travels!

Every Textbook

Don't waste time making lists. If you're studying from a textbook, we probably already have it.

54 Seconds Per Item

Skritter users learn characters ten times faster than with competing apps.

What's New?

June 6, 2014
The 2.5.0 bugfix update has been sent to the App Store. In addition to fixing a lot of bugs and sound files, we've added an option for whether you want example sentences or not, made the TTS more accurate for Japanese, and (unfortunately) disabled the inaccurate TTS for Chinese.

December 15, 2013
The 2.4.0 audio update is here! We've added thousands of new sound files, and we've also added a text-to-speech feature so that all those rare words will have some audio support.

This one also has a few bugfixes, most notably for iPad day progress stats and for Advanced Study list item replenishment.

With 2.4.0, Apple has allowed us to match the renewable subscriptions we use on the website in the App Store, so look for the more-convenient renewable 1-, 6-, and 12-month subscriptions, or save big on the non-renewing 24-month subscription.

September 18, 2013
The 2.3.0 iOS 7 update has spawned! Along with many improvements to prompt text and sentence formatting, and quite a few bugfixes, we've also added a background fetch feature to help keep your Skritter automatically synced across multiple devices without even opening the app.

This update also takes us from requiring iOS 5.1 to requiring iOS 7.0.

June 19, 2013
The 2.2.1 sentence update is out! Example sentences are now in the app, and example sentences throughout the website and app are better than ever. There are a few other improvements and bugfixes, too.

January 18, 2013
The 2.1.0 bugfix update is here! This update fixes many, many bugs, most notably a problem with adding words during advanced study where the new words wouldn't show up (and sometimes would just keep adding). I can't even remember all the bugs we fixed, but yeah; go grab it.

Another change we made in this version is to allow new users to start studying on Skritter, with lists and everything, before making an account. They can then name their account later when they want to sign up or change settings. This will be more friendly for people wanting to check it out beyond the tutorial.

This update doesn't have the example sentences in yet--we need to test them a while longer on the website first--but the next one will, oh yes!

November 25, 2012
The iPad apps are out! Both Skritter Chinese and Skritter Japanese have been updated to 2.0 to provide universal iPad support. They also capitalize on the taller iPhone 5 and iPod touch 5th gen screens, so you've got more room for your prompts. This is an app update, not a separate app, so one download gets you Skritter on any of your iOS devices.

What else is new? We've added an Advanced Study mode, where you can be more specific about what you want to study. You can study just one list (or any subset of your lists). You can choose to emphasize your starred words. You can temporarily study a different character style or study parts--if today you just want to do simplified tones, or perhaps traditional writings and definitions, then head on over to Advanced Study.

We've also fixed many bugs, especially with multi-device syncing, and improved battery life. Skritter on iPad is the best Skritter experience yet, so experience it!

If you're new to Skritter Chinese, then make sure you're sitting down before you download the app. Shed a tear from your left eye for all the hanzi you've forgotten before, and shed one from your right eye for the joy that is going to be your Chinese study from this day forward.

What Are People Saying?

“If I could only keep one app on my iPod, this would be it without a doubt. Skritter will change your life!”
― Wendy Werneth
UN Translator, Switzerland
“Learning to write Chinese characters has never been so fun. From writing zero to 2000+ characters in six months!”
― Brian Jackson
Economist, Alaska
“An absolutely amazing app. It makes me want to actually study whenever I have downtime.”
― Greg Bell
Master's Student, Taiwan

How Much?

Skritter is free for the first week. After that it costs $14.99 per month. We're also offering discounts on longer-term subscriptions--as low as $7.50/mo! Subscribe either in-app or on the site and get access to both.

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