There are numerous Mandarin Chinese self-learning Apps already on the market, some bog-standard and some quite awesome. While not a substitute for in-depth classroom or immersion programs, they can be a useful addition to your learning toolbox to reinforce or even speed up your language learning. The three things I look for in a language App are: User-friendliness, Active learning, and Progressive levels. 

User-friendliness – It was easy to use in terms of it’s simple design.

Active learning – Written Chinese phrases were presented in Chinese characters, Pinyan and English along with audio recordings. 

Progressive levels – The SOUx App arranges its materials progressively in that mastery of one level is the key to opening access to the next level, so this guides the user nicely through the material.

汉字之美,美在一字一密码,一字一图画,一字一历史,一字一故事。中国文化博大精深,从象形文字演变到语素文字,经过了历史的洗礼,典故的点缀,直到现在我们才能用这些美丽的汉字,呈现出丰富多彩的中国文化。本课程旨在辨析中体会汉字的魅力,在生活中寻找汉字的乐趣,达到规范语言使用,突出汉字魅力的目的。