The App

Small Talk Chinese’s mission is to make you more confident in your Chinese. To get you there, Small Talk focuses on content and engagement.

Gone are the days of boring lessons about going to the Great Wall and eating Peking Duck. Instead, Small Talk uses a dialogue-focused approach to teach you lines you might actually say, like how to sweet talk your honey, stress out about work, and tell your friend her new outfit is a little trashy.

Interactive exercises coupled with the dialogues force you to actively engage the content. Pinyin, English definitions, Chinese pronunciations and translations are all just a tap away.

Our first release is just the beginning. We are working hard to add features such as custom vocabulary lists, new exercises and content, and sharing elements. We are currently seeking funding to make this app everything we want it to be. Contact us at


Zuo Peng, Founder

Zuo Peng is Beijing native and graduate of Beijing Normal University, where he studied Mathematics. He has extensive experience in Ruby on Rails, SQL, backend applications, and HTML5.

Zuo Peng is also an expert language learner. Though never setting foot in an English speaking country, his English is nearly flawless.

Zachary Wang, Founder

Zac spent the last two years working in product development at a Beijing startup that specialized in running business analytics on unstructered data. Prior to that, he worked as a commercial litigator in Boston. He holds degrees from Columbia University (BA), Boston College Law School (JD), and Tsinghua University (LLM).

Having started learning Chinese in high school, Zac knows firsthand that learning Chinese is a difficult process. Small Talk Chinese is the tool he always wanted, so he finally decided to just build it.

Winnie Lee, Voice-Over

The beautiful female dialogue voice is that of Winnie Lee, a Beijing native. Winnie has an extensive history of voice-over roles for movies, TV dramas, cartoons, and advertisements.


Small Talk Chinese is developed on open source technology. The app's framework uses HTML5 and Sencha Touch. It's wrapped for distribution using PhoneGap.

The popup definitions are adapted from CC-CEDICT (per the Creative Commons licensing agreement, our JSON is free to download).