En Route to Fluency

Sit back with a cup of tea and enjoy the journey.



Mengdian (萌典)

As far as pure Chinese language dictionaries go, this is one of the best ones out there. It has a smart new interface and pulls from a larger variety of sources. It’s a good resource to have when you come… Continue Reading →


Skritter: Dictionary, SRS and writing trainer built into one with extensive vocabulary lists to choose from, it makes for a fantastic tool to get you going. The monthly cost can be a bit steep, but with a free trial, you’ll… Continue Reading →


It’s really hard to beat Pleco in terms of overall functionality, accessibility (both on iOS and Android), and the sheer number of add-ons that you can get. The variety of dictionaries available for purchase is also a huge asset that… Continue Reading →

Outlier Chinese

The Outlier Dictionary and accompanying posters started out as a Kickstarter project. The app itself appears to still be in development, but from the previews online (see the image just below), it looks to be a very comprehensive and promising… Continue Reading →


MDBG has been around for a while, it is almost the staple online dictionary for Chinese language students. I started using it back when I first started taking Chinese in college, and have been using it ever since. Whether I… Continue Reading →

Mandarin Poster

At the core, Mandarin Poster is just what it says it is–a poster for Mandarin. But it had a simple goal: create a study aid for the most basic Chinese characters to help beginners track their progress, while more advanced… Continue Reading →


I’ve already gone over this dictionary a bit in my Chinese Learning Apps for Android post, which you can take a look at here as well as in the recent tone colors post. The developer keeps the app updated regularly, and there… Continue Reading →


ClozeCards is something I really wish I had in the early days of my studies, rather than huge vocabulary lists and fairly disjointed example sentences. There’s a huge benefit from learning new vocabulary this way, and I like the way that… Continue Reading →

Character Pop

Character Pop is a fun and beautifully designed online tool that lets you explore Chinese Characters by breaking them down into meaningful components. You can also submit and read character stories by users of the site. Each entry also contains… Continue Reading →


Anki is pretty much the go-to SRS (Spaced Repetition Software) for language students, and is available on all major platforms including desktop (Windows, Mac and Linux, see download details here), iOS and Android. There’s plenty of decks available online and… Continue Reading →

© 2021 En Route to Fluency — Powered by WordPress

Theme by Anders NorenUp ↑