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andrew1981

So I smashed my iPhone and decided to ditch Apple and go with the HTC Desire powered by Android. I love the phone but I don't really know where to start with Chinese learning tools. I know there is no Pleco yet. Can someone let me know some good apps like dictionaries or anything useful. I do use Google Translate, which is pretty good, but you have to be online (luckily I have 3G).

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murrayjames

Google Pinyin. Works wonderfully. If you already use this on your computer it will sync and transfer your vocab to your phone.

Hanping Chinese-English Dictionary Pro. Features reverse-lookup, search by pinyin, Chinese character, and English. It's a couple dollars; a free version with ads is also available. Great dictionary.

Mnemogogo. Since I use Mnemosyne as an SRS, I bought Mnemogogo. Great app. I do my flashcard reviews on my phone while I'm waiting for something.

AK Notepad. I live in China and am constantly coming across new words. I dump all my vocab from conversations, street signs, etc. in here.

Hope this helps...

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dblamb

Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to take a moment to let you know about a new application for studying Chinese that I've developed for Android.

ChineseFlashcards allows you to easily study Mandarin Chinese vocabulary on your Android device. The words are broken down into 20 units that contain the vocabulary from Cheng & Tsui Integrated Chinese, Level 1 Part 1 & 2. All cards include Chinese characters and pinyin (with correct tones) on the front and the English translation on the back. Simply tap to flip a card over and fling (drag your finger across the screen) left or right to switch to a different card. You can shuffle the cards within a chapter by clicking the menu button and choosing "shuffle cards".

It's only $0.99 and is available in the Android Market. You can learn more at http://www.dblamb.com or scan the QR code below with your Android device:

chineseflashcards-qr-code.png

Cheers,

Dan Lamb

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dblamb

I'll second Google Pinyin - it's great.

The flashcards app I mentioned (I wrote it) is a good study tool, but it's really aimed at students using the Integrated Chinese textbooks.

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Weskhan

Hey everyone, I use to be a regular on these forums awhile back and thought I would let you know about a new Android app on the Android Market to help learn Chinese tones specifically: Chinese Tones Teacher. Basically it teaches you the four Chinese tones and lets you listen to them over and over again in sentences. Then you can record your own voice and play it back to match it with the speaker. You can even slow down your voice and and the speakers voice to hear the tones more clearly.

Anyways, here they are...I bought the full version for 99 cents because the demo lacks the Learning section and only has a few sentences. It was worth it for the tiny price.

Demo: https://market.android.com/details?id=org.swinapps.chinesetonesdemo&feature=search_result

Full Version: https://market.android.com/details?id=org.swinapps.chinesetonesteacher&feature=search_result

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Shelley

Hello,

I have an android tablet. I would love to use these programs mentioned above but I can not use android market (no licence agreement with hardware manufactures I think). Is it not possible to get them from another source? Is there a reason that some programs are only available on the market? I am new to android and would like to understand. Shelley

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westmeadboy

@Shelley: You can try 3rd party app stores like GoAPK:

http://www.goapk.com

There is a button on the right to download the GoAPK market app.

Alternatively, you can just download the apps directly from the website. For example:

Hanping (free version): http://www.goapk.com/intro.php?softid=31355

gPen: http://www.goapk.com/intro.php?softid=7879

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大肚男

One of the best apps I use on my HTC Evo 4G is gFlash+, it is similar to Anki, which is a spaced repetition program.

gFlash+ is great because it is free, you can upload the lists you want to learn (vocab, characters...) to google docs as a spreadsheet, and sync it your phone.

Another free app that is indispensable to me is "Heisig Helper RSH" but that is because I'm using Remembering the Simplified Hanzi book to study characters. This app is great because it has the characters in the Heisig order, along with the reading.

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