I-PHONE and mandarin

August 23, 2009, 01:20 AM posted in General Discussion

hello, everybody,

beyond the wonderful chinesepod iphone application, what other good apps are there for mandarin learners? e.g. a comprehensive dictionary? and how to use chinese script (type in mandarin) in iphones?


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August 24, 2009, 01:11 AM

There are two easy ways to type Chinese script using your I-Phone.  Mine's a 3Gs, so I can't say for sure whether this is available on earlier versions.  Go to Settings|General|international|Keyboards|then scroll to the end and choose either Chinese Simplified or Traditional|then turn on handwriting, pinyin, or both.  Once you've done this, whenever you use an application that brings up a keyboard, just to the left of the space bar there is a globe key.  Each time you press it, it will toggle to a different keyboard (so will rotate between all keyboards which you have turned on in your settings.  Hope this helps!

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August 24, 2009, 02:52 AM


While the ChinesePod Quick Review app is great for surfing sample sentences, the iCED Free dictionary is quite comprehensive.  I recommend it.