Learning Chinese on Android
I'm getting a new phone, and as it happens, it's an Android device (due to some unbelievably cheap deals around at the moment). It is also probably going to be my sole source of internet soon, so I was wondering if anyone had tips on using it to learn Chinese. Any good dictionaries? Flashcards? Handwriting practise? IMEs?
matthiaskApril 12, 2010, 01:46 PM
well, there is (of course) the chinesepod app - all your lessons on hand. Then, the "google pinyin ime" - actually the sole keyboard I use. (john has a good blog post on it), anki works very well in version 0.4 and sync is upcoming.
i also have a link to m.chinesepod.com
And as dictionary, I suggest "hanping", as it is offline.
hope that helps for a start
I wouldn't recommend the only writing app I have found so far.
We're not sure why, but some users can't access the app from the Marketplace. You can though download the APK file directly from us:
Then you will need to unzip it and run the APK file on the phone. Astro File Manager should be able to handle all of these tasks!
fercasa83April 28, 2010, 08:54 AM
Hi Sebire, were you able to install the Android App?
I'm having some troubles with it working offline, could you tell me if you have the same problem as me? the description is on the following link:
sebireJune 07, 2010, 11:38 AM
Is anyone having problems accessing the latest lessons on the app? I added a lesson set about 3 weeks ago, but I have only had one lesson in the past 3 weeks "tour of Xi'an", despite my dashboard having several.
This is a major problem for me, as my phone is now my main source of internet access.
I tried it out as follows: on my laptop, I visited a lesson (a lesson I was sure I did not have on my dashboard), clicked the "Bookmark this lesson link," checked that it showed up on the dashboard. Then I went to the phone, started the chinesepod app, clicked "Refresh" on the lesson list, and the new lesson showed up on my lesson list on the phone.
Then, on the phone, I went to chinesepod.com on the browser, visited another lesson that was not on my dashboard, clicked the "bookmark this lesson link". I confirmed, via the browser, that the new lesson was on my dashboard, switched to the chinesepod app, clicked the refresh button, and the new lesson did show up.
I know this doesn't help you much, but it is as much as I can do.
markJune 07, 2010, 04:39 PM
The Cpod app doesn't seem to be an approved application from my carrier's point of view. [A misguided attempt to iPhone-ize Android in my opinion.] So, I have just been browsing to the home page on the dashboard. It is a few more clicks than ideal to get to the actual lesson content, but works ok.
Google has an IME for Android which is decent. I think if you search "marketplace" for "google pinyin", or some such, you can find it.
sebireJune 07, 2010, 04:53 PM
What is frustrating is the inability to manage lessons using the mobile site. The main site is a bit clumsy on Opera Mini, and whenever I navigate to the dashboard page, a popup always appears saying "welcome to the dashboard". It's doable, but really mobile site/app lesson management and an app that works reliably would be nice.