This application teaches you the basic rules in writing Chinese characters using the first 20 characters, some basic greetings and numbers introduced in the Open University's Beginners' Chinese module 第 一 步 (L197).
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;
Chinese Characters First Steps tackles these two challenges on one screen to help you learn, recognize and remember the most frequently used 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.