First off is the big one: WeChat, in China this App is inescapable, everyone has it and everyone uses it, and I mean everyone, this App is like Whatsapp, Facebook, Tinder, Skype, Paypal and more rolled into one, you can do nearly anything with it, call people from around the world, send people information such as your location or online articles, you can even pay bills and buy things from stores with it! Other Apps may be optional, but WeChat is a definite must! Follow Miracle Mandarin on WeChat in order to get updates and offers! ID: mmchineseschool
Secondly if you are like most people in Shanghai and take the subway then you will definitely want to download an App for the Metro, there are many different metro maps available depending on if you are with Android or iOS, some come in English and some even calculate fares for you and tell you information such as when the last train is or when the next train will arrive, very convenient!
Miracle Mandarin Apps: we have 7 different apps and they are all very useful! If you have Android then they are for free (99 cents for iOS) these apps help facilitate learning wherever you may be, they are specifically designed to help you learn effectively and efficiently. Whether you are on the train, in a taxi, or just at home, anywhere can become your mini classroom! Just search for Miracle Mandarin and it will only be a few clicks away.
Air quality (for example airpocalypse): If you like jogging this app is for you! The pollution in Shanghai can be quite high at times, so it’s always a good idea to check the air quality before you do more harm to your body than good!
VPN (for example Astrill): It’s a must to use a VPN, even local people use a VPN in order to get around the Great Firewall of China, without it you cannot access many foreign websites such as Google, Facebook, Youtube, Instagram etc. some VPN’s are free, some are not, but either way it is a definite recommendation to get one despite the pricey cost, unfortunately however, VPNs’ are not always reliable and can sometimes be extremely slow.
Currency converter: this app is mainly useful for expats to gain a better understanding of the real price of an item or service.
A Downloadable Map: As Google Map will not always work even with a VPN, it is best to have an offline map readily available just in case, that way you cannot get lost! Unfortunately all road signs are in Chinese, so having a map in your native language will make things that much easier. Upload a map of shanghai that you can use without internet. You are sure you will never get lost!
Music: If you like music, then QQ music is a must! The App is unfortunately in Chinese but is very easy to use and understand, it is similar to Spotify or Pandora, but far superior because you do not need a premium membership, there is no advertisements, and because in China there is no real copyright laws almost any song released you should be able to find, and it has the added benefit of downloading the songs to your phone (at your choosing) to be able to play offline so it doesn’t eat up your data. You can even share songs with your friends on Wechat.
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