Great for Learning Basic Chinese Characters
- App review for easy chinese writing (traditional) - i write chinese
- Posted by sharakarasic February 08, 2012
- Recommended for Road Warriors, Parents or Students
The best learning apps, I find, are those where my 8-year-old son sees me using the app and then starts to beg me for a turn. My boy is in his second semester of Mandarin class, and when he saw me tracing the character "chi" (1st tone, eat), he asked to try it. I handed over the iPad and he immediately began tracing "chi" using the indicated proper stroke order. He could click on audio to hear the Chinese pronunciation, or click on the word in English, French, or Spanish. The radicals, or roots that are part of Chinese characters and help to determine the meaning, are highlighted in each character. Also, as the users advances through the characters, compound words start appearing. The creator of this app is a Korean woman who studied Chinese, so she really understands the process of learning Mandarin. Her whole premise is that Chinese really isn't that hard. With knowledge of even 200 characters, a learner can have basic conversation by learning the compound words that can be formed from those characters.