I happen to come across a blog post by Nick at Skritter that gave me some hope that there IS some Chinese reading material out there that would be fund to read and level appropriate .  It's probably easiest to read Jake's post but the take away is that there are two iPad apps that you need to check out: Dim Sum Warriors and AllSet's Chinese Picture Book Reader. I haven't had a chance to download either yet but I'd love to hear what people think about these apps.  Let us know in the comments.

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you should also check out this previous discussion - there's a website where you can find all sorts of free comic books in chinese: Where to read comic books in Chinese online

Thanks for the tip Brandon.  I'll definitely check it out.  While I'm at it, I should mention that Grace has a great collection of stories on Just Learn Chinese aimed at ability level. 

Thanks Matt for your recommendation! :-)

For learners that love to try some comics in Chinese, you can check out this site:


It has lots of comics in Chinese (not necessarily originally in Chinese, might be translated from Japanese or English too). Such as the one from the link is a translated version from Japanese comic story. I'll rate the story as intermediate. 

All depends on your reading level I think.

I haven't tried Dim Sum, but I bought the Chinese Picture Book Reader and the dinosaur / steampunk book content for a couple of bucks.  It was OK but I could read most of it without any translation so I guess I didn't get my money's worth.  Would suit someone just starting on intermediate stuff. 

Online is ok but i find it easier to buy paper ones if you are in China.  Bought 60 volumes of One Piece off TaoBao for about $80 delivered.  Recommended, I think if you can read ChinesePod intermediate dialogs pretty easily then you'll be able to get the story (but not all the words of course). 

Also recommend Chinese Breeze which is not a comic but is graded content.  I am on the level 2 (500 words) which is great for training your eyes to read quickly and getting a feel for grammar (wouldn't necessarily recommend it for learning phrases because it's so restricted).

I've seen Chinese Breeze and have always been curious about it.  You've always got great recommendations Tyson.  Thanks for chiming in.


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