By Mother Gaia Studio
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** A mix of Comics and RPG **
** Learn real Mandarin vocabulary by playing **
Learning Mandarin through mechanical repetition is boring. No matter how many points and fictional challenges are thrown at you, it gets tedious after some time.
Travelling to China would be ideal, of course. But if you can’t fly there today, you can at least enter a Mandarin Journey!
This GAME will take you in a virtual adventure all over China. You’ll uncover mysteries and immerse in beautiful sites. Oh, and you can pick up conversational Mandarin along the way.
The point is precisely that. Get you to smoothly learn Mandarin while flipping through a fun and interactive comic book.
The plot starts in Shanghai and the first chapter will introduce you to basic sentences like ‘Good morning’ and ‘Please’.
In order to get to the bottom of it, you’ll have to travel to other cities while effortlessly learning and practicing new and strictly useful phrases.
If China excites you and if you prefer comics to mechanical repetition, you should get Mandarin Journey in order to:
TRAVEL to China
IMMERSE in an amazing New Culture
LEARN real life Mandarin
INDULGE in beautiful Asian Illustrations
and… UNFOLD the secret behind the Greatness of CHINA
This app is perfect for Mandarin students of all levels who are looking for an entertaining way to supplement their learning. Although only the first chapter is currently available, the story of this graphic novel/game is well-written, the artwork is gorgeous, and the music (original, I believe) sets the tone nicely. Beginners will enjoy stumbling through Chinese conversations alongside Ken, while more advanced Mandarin speakers will appreciate the authentic dialog. (In one of my favorite scenes, Ken wakes up a sleeping taxi driver, who dazedly responds, "怎么了?")
Having been to China, I appreciate the phenomenal attention to artistic detail, which makes settings like an antique shop and the Pearl Tower in Shanghai feel alive and real. There are also several small Easter eggs for players to discover, like the shadowy trench-coat man who appears in the background of several scenes (I'm guessing he's one of the mysterious "bad guys" hinted at in the story).
In an App Store full of clunky Chinese flash card apps and Mandarin-learning games directed at young children, Mandarin Journey stands apart as a nuanced, engaging adventure. While it is not a replacement for more rigorous language study, MJ has enormous potential as an educational introduction to Chinese language and culture. I can't wait until the developers release the next chapter!
Fun story, useful Mandarin - FINALLY!
Ever since I got my iPhone over a year ago I've been looking for an app that is story-based, teaches conversational Mandarin and is not only for children.
This is literally the only one out there like this.
Very glad this is finally out. (Pity there is only one chapter, can't wait for part 2!!)
Amazing new concept
Comics are really much more fun and interesting way to learn a language than text books or others repetitive apps.
I hope this trend picks up!
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- Category: Games
- Released: Dec 12, 2013
- Version: 1.0
- Size: 91.7 MB
- Languages: English, Portuguese
- Seller: Mother Gaia Studio
- © m.gaia studio
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.