WriteChinese: Write Chinese!

WriteChinese: Write Chinese!


Presenting: WriteChinese, the premier written Chinese trainer from SJC Linguistics! Only by writing will you ever learn to write, so why not give yourself the world's best tool for just that?

Between Explore Mode - where you can discover new characters - and Drill Mode - where you can put your memory to the test - you'll be well on your way to recognizing and reconstructing the most common hanzi (Chinese characters) like you learned them in China! Naturally!

*Features:
Explore Mode:
-Trace stencils for each character card in the proper stroke order. See translations and pronunciation.
-Sound for each card will play as you write, associating the sound with your muscle memory.
-Flip between cards to explore Super Sets and hide cards from view to practice at your own pace. You can change which Super Set you want to explore in the settings.
-Quickly add characters to your Working Set for use in Drill Mode, where you can test yourself on any sub-set of cards. Add characters to your Working Set by turning the star icon on over their heads.
-Use the list to track your performance in Drill Mode, jump to a selected character, or edit that card's Working Set and mastery data.
-Search for all characters contained in the program. The first time you do this after a database change, it will update the database once and may take a small amount of time to do so, so be happy that more characters have been added!

Drill Mode:
-Choose the characters you want to work on by adding them to your Working Set. By default, all Super Sets have a default Working Set of the first five characters.
-Whether you're training yourself for reconstruction, accuracy, beauty, or mental imaging, the layout lets you chose how you want to test yourself. At any time you can clear a card's mastery data and decide again what to test yourself for.
-Progress reports back to your list in Explore Mode.

Universal:
-Contains both simplified and traditional characters. Change this setting with the Time Warp preference.
-Adjustable brushes for tailoring to different screen types.
-Adjustable shake-to-clean feature
-Customizable colors.
-Full sound library.

Enjoy!

Recent changes:
3.0.3:
*Several phones have had the new framework opened up to them. Thanks, N!
*Stroke order corrections
*Fixed a bug where certain characters had no translations within search

3.0.2:
*New way of storing and fetching sound files means smaller app size and greater flexibility
*New background images
*Fixed a bug where certain characters were searchable but not viewable
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About WriteChinese: Write Chinese!
Presenting: WriteChinese, the premier written Chinese trainer from SJC Linguistics! Only by writing will you ever learn to write, so why not give yourself the world's best tool for just that?

Between Explore Mode - where you can discover new characters - and Drill Mode - where you can put your memory to the test - you'll be well on your way to recognizing and reconstructing the most common hanzi (Chinese characters) like you learned them in China! Naturally!

*Features:
Explore Mode:
-Trace stencils for each character card in the proper stroke order. See translations and pronunciation.
-Sound for each card will play as you write, associating the sound with your muscle memory.
-Flip between cards to explore Super Sets and hide cards from view to practice at your own pace. You can change which Super Set you want to explore in the settings.
-Quickly add characters to your Working Set for use in Drill Mode, where you can test yourself on any sub-set of cards. Add characters to your Working Set by turning the star icon on over their heads.
-Use the list to track your performance in Drill Mode, jump to a selected character, or edit that card's Working Set and mastery data.
-Search for all characters contained in the program. The first time you do this after a database change, it will update the database once and may take a small amount of time to do so, so be happy that more characters have been added!

Drill Mode:
-Choose the characters you want to work on by adding them to your Working Set. By default, all Super Sets have a default Working Set of the first five characters.
-Whether you're training yourself for reconstruction, accuracy, beauty, or mental imaging, the layout lets you chose how you want to test yourself. At any time you can clear a card's mastery data and decide again what to test yourself for.
-Progress reports back to your list in Explore Mode.

Universal:
-Contains both simplified and traditional characters. Change this setting with the Time Warp preference.
-Adjustable brushes for tailoring to different screen types.
-Adjustable shake-to-clean feature
-Customizable colors.
-Full sound library.

Enjoy!

Recent changes:
3.0.3:
*Several phones have had the new framework opened up to them. Thanks, N!
*Stroke order corrections
*Fixed a bug where certain characters had no translations within search

3.0.2:
*New way of storing and fetching sound files means smaller app size and greater flexibility
*New background images
*Fixed a bug where certain characters were searchable but not viewable

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User reviews of WriteChinese: Write Chinese!
Sadly, the full-form characters claimed to be present are a mixture of fantasy characters and simplified characters - so often the case when people devise such learning "aids" purely on the basis that they "know" a language because they've grown up with it. If your interest is in calligraphy or learning the full-form characters that reflect a millennia or more of script development, then don't buy this app. (The simplification was not a development of the script, but an adjustment to the phonics of just one Chinese language.)
Jan 6, 2013
Android Market Comments
A Google User
May 29, 2014
Great App - More Characters Please! This is hands down the most intuitive way to learn to write and remember Chinese characters. Good job, developers! I look forward to having access to a larger character set.
A Google User
Oct 15, 2013
Good but more features needed I downloaded app to drill my preschool kid for his spelling. I just tried and to my dismay found that 3 words (睛,雨,热) not found in app. Hope the vocab can be expanded. I would also like a custom list of words to learn n drill rather than going from set to set. That said, I do like the feature of tracing over the numbered strokes as this is how my son learns in school and he can practise easily on my tablet now. The drill mode is good too as he check the strokes and order are correct.
A Google User
Jan 24, 2013
Wrong phonetics! Great app but has its flaws. Found some wrong phonetics linked to characters/definitions. Not something I would expect from paying app. No response to email either. Beware of learning wrong pronounciations!
A Google User
Jan 24, 2013
Wrong phonetics! Great app but has its flaws. Found some wrong phonetics linked to characters/definitions. Not something I would expect from paying app. No response to email either. Beware of learning wrong pronounciations!
A Google User
Dec 8, 2012
Not bad Needs a better way to browse characters and quickly edit the working set, but otherwise very useful and definitely worth the money.