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Chinagram Pocket - Chinese Writing

By Vallardi

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With Chinagram you can approach Chinese by discovering the meaning and origin of 240 of this language's most representative characters. Chinagram also includes a historical and a linguistic overview, which help you understand how Chinese writing has changed over the centuries and what its basic rules are today. With these pointers and the range of characters selected for the application, you can start building your vocabulary on solid grounds and really begin to discover Chinese and China.

Based on the book La scrittura cinese by Professor Yuan Huaqing, published in Italy by leading publishing house for languages, Vallardi, Chinagram offers you scrupulous content through an innovative graphic approach and the instant usability of the iPhone.
With Chinagram you can:
- Get an overview of the fascinating history of Chinese writing, from its origins 3,600 years ago to modern day
- Understand the logic behind the way Chinese characters are pronounced, written, composed and classified.
- Learn to recognize and read 240 characters.
- Practice writing each character by tracing it on the screen of your iPhone.
- Discover the ideas that gave rise to the original characters and see their evolution over the centuries, through six successive historical periods.
- Listen to the correct pronunciation of each character.
- See each character's phonetic Pinyin transcription.
- Easily save and recall your favorite characters.
- Learn more about Chinese culture and language, with examples of how each word in used in idioms and everyday conversation.

As the new millennium sees China as one of the fastest-changing countries in the world, an understanding of Chinese writing can give you deep insight into the roots of this emerging power. In fact, each ideogram is not only an example of calligraphic art, but also a distillation of the country's ancient values and traditional culture.

The application tells the story of Chinese writing, explaining its rationale and showing its beauty, sign after sign. Try your hand at ideograms and learn more about one of the great cultures of the Orient.

What's New in Version 1.2.1

Latest Chinagram update features 60 more new signs!
Now you can explore the history and beauty of Chinese writing through 240 different signs.

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Customer Reviews


This app is totally cool for someone who is studying Chinese to see where the characters came from. My teacher might say "oh that radical on the left means ox," and I just have to believe her. But this app really shows you how that character evolved to what it is now. It uses awesome historical examples and largely displayed (which is so important) older characters. I would recommend this to anyone learning Chinese. I'm a second year college student and I wish I had it sooner!
Only thing more I would want: the traditional characters in the timeline. Not as dramatic of a jump but I do think just putting "actual character" as the final time description is ignoring traditional too much.

Simplified Characters, No option to learn Traditional only

This app, while elegant, presents Simplified characters as plain fact when, in fact, it is not universally accepted. (See the Wikipedia entry on the debate on Traditional and Simplified Chinese characters.)

Unlike other apps (such as certain Chinese-English dictionaries), this app does not give the user the option to hide Simplified characters.

Please also include Traditional Chinese

This is a wonderful app. Please also include the traditional Chinese characters because tens of millions of people love and use them daily. Overseas Chinese communities in North America predominantly use traditional Chinese as well.

Chinagram Pocket - Chinese Writing
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  • $1.99
  • Category: Education
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.2.1
  • Size: 24.6 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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