Well, since I sucked in and got an iPhone a few months ago, I’ve been trying my best to turn it into an ultimate tool in assisting with my studies. Since then, I’ve come across a few apps that I feel are the most useful in mobile studies! Also: they’re all FREE!!

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Chinese Studying Apps:

Pleco Chinese Dictionary


This app is a fantastic dictionary and I highly recommend it. The interface is appealing and easy to use. There are plenty of free dictionaries to download and use—and that is all that you will need. In addition, there’s plenty of paid add-ons ranging from audio (male/female voices), extended dictionaries, and my favorite, the OCR:


View their website here.

View more great screenshots here.

App Store link.

cBook Lite

A great ebook application that allows you to download books direct from Haodoo.net (好讀網站). Side note: Haodoo also allows you to download in a variety of formats (pdf, as well as other ebook formats) that really extends the usefulness of the site.


Links to some kick-starter books:

Harry Potter《哈利波特》

Lord of the Rings 《魔戒之主》

cBook Lite just brings those downloads to your iPhone. Very useful for direct access to Chinese ebooks!


View cBook website here.

App Store link.


This links to news articles directly from China Times, a major newspaper in Taiwan. It’s a great way to keep up with the news on the road/commute and just browse for interesting articles. I always found more on here out of boredom on the way to work, than sitting at home and trying to browse the website. It was easier to navigate away to something else at home, so having this on the road made me focus on reading news articles. Definitely worth trying.


App Store link.

I’ll post more about useful apps for living in Taiwan (and also some specifically for Taipei). While they may not be of direct use, they may be interesting to look at for anyone planning on coming here!