By Alan Hampson
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Mandarin Tap, is a simple effective way to learn Mandarin Chinese. Learn by constructing words and phrases out of mandarin characters. As each word is constructed, the meaning and Mandarin pronunciation are appended. You are first instructed on how to construct the words and phrases, then your recall of them is tested. Progress against each individual character is tracked, so its easy to see which characters are proving tricky.
36 Lessons at present, covering
Introductions, greetings, numbers, food, work, shopping, travel, days of the week, months of the year, countries, cities etc.
Plus 30 new additional lesson sets coming soon. If you have lesson requests, please send them in.
Chinese audio vocabulary recorded by a native Mandarin speaker.
What's New in Version 1.2
A couple of bug fixes. (Status bar overlap and hint logic)
Mandarin Tap and Then Wait
What's up with this thing? You answer, tap the "Next" button, and nothing happens. Tap it again. And again. And again. Then you get the next question WRONG because it counted one of your "Next" taps as a character selection! There's also a noticeable lag during the character teaching sections. This would really frustrate a beginner.
I want to like this app, but some things need to be dealt with. The "Next" button lag/delay has to be fixed and the bar probably needs to be taller. Characters probably shouldn't occupy exactly the same screen real estate as the "Next" button. Font for the Pinyin word should be large enough to see the tone mark. An option to replay audio for words and completed phrases in testing mode would be nice. Playing audio from the menu screen has the lag/delay problem, very hard to trigger. Also needs Portrait Mode orientation.
This app is better than I'm making it sound and would merit two more stars if the above were tweaked.
Perfect for my needs
I really enjoy playing with this app in bed for a few minutes before I go to sleep. I agree with an earlier reviewer that it is for someone who already has some background in chinese. For example, my oral Chinese and grammar is good, but I can't read. I see see this app as an important bridge that will teach me enough characters, so that combined with my existing grammer, i will soon tackle some elementary magazine articles. If you are like me, do not hesitate to buy this app. Well worth it.
Flash card replacement and more.
I'm really loving this app which is perfect for someone getting started learning Chinese. It's like carrying around 100 flash cards everywhere I go. And I can just whip it out and do a set whenever I have time.
- Category: Education
- Updated: Jan 12, 2013
- Version: 1.2
- Size: 10.3 MB
- Languages: English, German, Northern Sami, Spanish
- Seller: Alan Hampson
- © 2012 Alan Thomas Hampson
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.