Chinese Characters First Steps

Chinese Characters First Steps


Learning to read and write Chinese characters presents two challenges to both non-native learners as well as Chinese children who first start learning characters:

- the complexity of characters, as an average character consists of about 12 strokes;
- matching characters with their pronunciation, pinyin and the meaning;

This new version of Chinese Characters First Steps tackles these two challenges on one screen to help you learn, recognize and remember the most frequently used 400 plus characters in a systematic, friendly and fun way. Rather than having a textbook, audio device, dictionary and a notebook to write, you get the stroke-by-stroke writing, the native-speaker pronunciation, pinyin, English definition and instructions in one interactive experience.

These 400 plus characters are introduced in the Open University's Beginners' Chinese module
第一步 Dì yī bù (L197) and drawn from the most commonly and frequently used word list published by the Ministry of Education of PRC (China). By combining them, you will learn a further 230+ useful words and phrases. For example, you learn the three single-character words for 'red' (红 hóng), 'green' (绿lǜ) and 'light' (灯dēng), which put together make up the word 'traffic lights', which you will find in one of the word search puzzles.

There are 20 lessons which chronologically build upon each other.

Each lesson has 4 sections:

- Writing Practice
- Listening Test
- Reading Test
- Word Search

The first five lessons with characters and related activities are included free to give you a taste of what this app can do. The other 15 lessons are available via in-app purchase for a total of £1.49 by tapping the 'upgrade' button.

PLEASE NOTE:
This app uses Google Analytics to allow The Open University to gather anonymous statistical data on how the app is used. The data is used for academic research only.

No personal or device information is gathered.

By installing this app you give consent to The open University to use Google Analytics in the manner stated above.

Recent changes:
· This new version contains 20 lessons.
· The first 5 lessons are free.
· A Word Search section is added to each lesson.
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About Chinese Characters First Steps
Learning to read and write Chinese characters presents two challenges to both non-native learners as well as Chinese children who first start learning characters:

- the complexity of characters, as an average character consists of about 12 strokes;
- matching characters with their pronunciation, pinyin and the meaning;

This new version of Chinese Characters First Steps tackles these two challenges on one screen to help you learn, recognize and remember the most frequently used 400 plus characters in a systematic, friendly and fun way. Rather than having a textbook, audio device, dictionary and a notebook to write, you get the stroke-by-stroke writing, the native-speaker pronunciation, pinyin, English definition and instructions in one interactive experience.

These 400 plus characters are introduced in the Open University's Beginners' Chinese module
第一步 Dì yī bù (L197) and drawn from the most commonly and frequently used word list published by the Ministry of Education of PRC (China). By combining them, you will learn a further 230+ useful words and phrases. For example, you learn the three single-character words for 'red' (红 hóng), 'green' (绿lǜ) and 'light' (灯dēng), which put together make up the word 'traffic lights', which you will find in one of the word search puzzles.

There are 20 lessons which chronologically build upon each other.

Each lesson has 4 sections:

- Writing Practice
- Listening Test
- Reading Test
- Word Search

The first five lessons with characters and related activities are included free to give you a taste of what this app can do. The other 15 lessons are available via in-app purchase for a total of £1.49 by tapping the 'upgrade' button.

PLEASE NOTE:
This app uses Google Analytics to allow The Open University to gather anonymous statistical data on how the app is used. The data is used for academic research only.

No personal or device information is gathered.

By installing this app you give consent to The open University to use Google Analytics in the manner stated above.

Recent changes:
· This new version contains 20 lessons.
· The first 5 lessons are free.
· A Word Search section is added to each lesson.

Android Market Comments
A Google User
Jun 2, 2015
Not great Clicking on Lesson 1 gives you a choice of tests, before anything has been taught. Trying to draw lines is frustrating and badly implemented. Drawing lines in other apps on the same tablet is not a problem. Nothing worse than a teaching app which immediately drains your enthusiasm for a new subject.
A Google User
Jan 17, 2015
good but cant upgrade lessons 1-5 work fine but any attempt to upgrade and the app stops working.
A Google User
Dec 7, 2014
Best for learning characters Great app! More lessons and a big review lesson with all learned characters would be amazing. Also writing of characters doesn't work properly sometimes. Except that, 5 stars
A Google User
Nov 27, 2014
Alright but... Good but prone to crash and cannot upgrade...
A Google User
Nov 9, 2014
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