Learn Chinese (Mandarin) by MindSnacks
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*** One of the best educational apps of the year - Apple (iTunes Rewind) ***
Now you can learn Mandarin Chinese just by playing games on the go. With 8 addictive games designed for essential vocabulary & conversation skills, our Mandarin app is perfect for students and travelers of all ages who want to learn, speak and read Mandarin the easy way.
Instead of snooze-worthy flashcards, our apps are packed with rich games that teach important aspects of Mandarin such as the Pinyin and character writing systems. And with our new game, Galactic, you’ll master the ever-important usage of tones within the Mandarin dialect. Plus, lessons like “Yes or no questions,” and “Chinese foods” will have you conversing like a local in no time.
“Learn Chinese (Mandarin)” includes one free level and if that’s not enough, upgrade to get a whopping 50 additional levels and 40+ hours of content. With so many bite-sized portions of knowledge, MindSnacks is like the dim sum of language learning. Mmmmmmm...dim sum.
* PRESS *
“This app is not just your average, run-of-the-mill crash course... It includes complex exercises, challenges, and lessons that make the learning process fun and effective."
“...Galactic truly takes advantage of the touchscreen in a unique game mechanic. The space theme is also visually and auditorily appealing, creating an all around fun (and educational!) multisensory experience.”
* FEATURES *
-- 8 addictive and unique games
-- 1000+ Chinese words & phrases to study and master
-- Unique “Galactic” game to help master the tones required to speak Mandarin
-- Spoken audio clips provided by a native Chinese speaker to help with pronunciation
-- Hand-illustrated image library to help memorize words
-- 50 Chinese lessons designed by Ivy League instructors (upgrade required)
-- Personalized learning algorithms to maximize memorization, retention & contextual usage
-- Enhanced review mode lets you replay previously mastered lessons
-- Additional quests & challenges will keep you motivated
-- Thoughtful curriculum may induce smiles and the occasional “booyah!!!” when achieving new high scores
* WHAT OUR (SUPER AWESOME) FANS HAVE TO SAY *
“I’ve been waiting for a fun app that teaches Chinese and this one is awesome! It teaches characters and pinyin, so it’s great for beginners. They even have a game that teaches tones!”
“The Mindsnacks Apps are colourful, fun and perfect for learning. The games are heart-racing and enjoyable. My favourite game for the Chinese app was 'Galactic' because it really helped me with pronunciation.”
* THE SCIENCE BEHIND MINDSNACKS *
At MindSnacks we like to keep it fun, but we’re serious about learning. That’s why our Mandarin app includes 8 challenging games designed by Ivy League professors. Each game teaches a specific skill for speaking Mandarin and helps create a well-rounded learning experience for both kids and adults that goes well beyond basic flashcards.
Of course studying is only worth it if it works, so our unique algorithm reinforces the learning process using proven methods from the field of memory studies. Over time, the games adapt to your individual performance, selectively repeating Chinese words, phrases and grammatical points with which you’ve previously struggled. In other words, as you learn Mandarin, the app learns about you for a more effective learning experience.
Perfect for beginning and intermediate learners of Mandarin, MindSnacks is like your own personal Chinese teacher you can take just about anywhere. You’ll quickly become less reliant on that Chinese dictionary and learn the grammar and vocab you need for traveling in China.
* SUPPORT *
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What's New in Version 3.3.4
- Fixed an issue were downloads would get stuck
- Improved iOS 7 compatibility
- Bug fixes
Very fun. Could be a bit better.
I really enjoy playing this, and I think it has put a lot of the characters into a place in my brain where they are easy to access. However, it would be more useful if there were games and reinforcement about radicals...and if there were a way to practice writing the characters, because bubbler is basically impossible if you don't practice writing the characters dozens of times outside the scope of the application. The fun characters in the secret games get my 3 year old excited to watch me play...and I bet she'll be playing it when she is older.
I would very much recommend using this app as one of a battery of strategies if you are just starting out learning Chinese. Tā hên hâo. Wish this review software had the 3rd tone.
Good. Worth buying. Could be improved.
I love the game concepts, and the idea of leveling up makes studying feel very rewarding. When a new level comes up the new words just get shoe horned in there and there isn't a good method of studying the words (ie: flash cards) that would make learning new words a little easier prior to the testing of the games.
Once you level up, the route to review old lessons feels hidden within the app and it would be nice to go back and prove your skills with those older words. A system to earn "perfect scores" for an older learning set would be cool (like getting 3 stars in angry birds). Sometimes I feel like I get moved through lessons too quick.
Mixing the games with space repetition would be cool too.
Very nice app!
I love the game approach to learning a language! (Learning Chinese) The app's points system probably either has the points set too high for success or the amount of points needed for mastery of a word set too low - meaning words are considered mastered before they actually are. But, this has the effect of keeping the games challenging by layering new words on top of words that you know only pretty well. And, if the games weren't continually challenging, I wouldn't keep playing. So, kudos whether this was intentional or not! Definitely worth the price if you are starting out!
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- Category: Education
- Updated: Nov 26, 2013
- Version: 3.3.4
- Size: 43.6 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: MindSnacks
- © 2012 MindSnacks inc
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
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