Since releasing last month, quite a few users have commented that the content inside the app could use a bit more structure. The main gripe seems to be that it wasn't very clear which videos related to which conversations, and which words needed to be learned before each lesson.

If this sounds like something you said, then you'll be glad to hear that your feedback was received loud and clear! The latest update - which lands next week on the App Store and the Play Store - will incorporate quite a few new features and UI tweaks to address your feedback.

Lessons

All content has now been grouped into Lessons, each of which revolves around a certain theme - like Family (家人) or Eating Out (出去吃饭). There are three parts to each Lesson - Videos, Vocabulary and Conversations.

As before, all Lessons have been grouped according to Level (A1, A2, B1, etc), where A1 represents a complete beginner in Chinese, A2 is someone with a few months under their belt, and so on.

Videos are exactly what you'd expect - video lessons explaining Chinese words, tones, grammar patterns and usage.

If you're a beginner in Chinese, I'd recommend watching all the videos every time you start a Lesson. I think it helps to have an explanation in English before you jump right into the other interactive parts of each Lesson.

Vocabulary

Lessons also contain Vocabulary exercises, which will introduce you to the Chinese words that will be covered throughout the Lesson.

To complete each Vocabulary exercise, recite each word out loud into your microphone. If you've said the word correctly, you'll be given the next word.

Some Lessons contain multiple Vocabulary exercises. The intention here is to keep everything short and sweet - giving you something to meaningfully practise, even when you only have a few minutes.

Conversations

Now comes the most fun part - Conversations! This is an interactive dialog, where the app talks to you, and you're presented with a list of possible responses. As with Vocabulary exercises, you'll need to speak the response into your phone's microphone.

During Conversations, you can also star any word to save it to your own personal "Favourites" list. As you move through Lessons, this lets you curate a list of words that you feel require some additional focus or practice. This starred list can be accessed from the app home screen, where you can practise these words in the same way as a regular Vocabulary exercise.

What about writing?

This has been the second most requested feature, so don't worry - I hear you loud and clear, and it's definitely on the roadmap! I don't want to commit to a particular date, but generally speaking I'd hope to see this available in early 2021.

Don't forget to download the app if you haven't done so yet, and as always, if you have any comments or feedback, I would love to hear from you by e-mail or on Twitter.