TileSpeak Mahjong by TileSpeak Software (Universal)
Released: Jun 29, 2011
Version: 1.0.0620
Size: N/A
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TileSpeak Mahjong

TileSpeak Software
Play Mahjong, learn Chinese! TileSpeak Mahjong arranges the 500 most frequently used Chinese characters and has built them into your favorite puzzle game. Learn Mandarin or Cantonese through casual gaming and repetition of tile selection. As you select open tiles and their characters, native Chinese speakers say the associated word aloud that matches the phonetic pinyin (Romanized characters) written below each Chinese character. The English translation is displayed in a green info bar at the top of the screen along with its grammar classification. In this application Chinese characters are also distinctly colored according to their tone to make learning tonal languages easier and the required pronunciation method more clear. Each tile is repeated 4 times per level giving you repeat opportunities to commit the symbol, its English translation, and Chinese pronunciation to memory. Practice speaking while you play! While there are over 47,000 Chinese characters, learning the most common 500 characters equates to 75% literacy for most day to day conversations. Gorgeous backgrounds, two tile color sets, and a mesmerizing soundtrack compliment this language learning package as you play your way towards literacy across 14 media-rich levels in the Chinese language of your choice.

TileSpeak Mahjong Features:

* 1000 Speech audio files comprised of 500 Mandarin audio examples and 500 Cantonese audio examples

* 1000 Chinese characters comprised of 500 simplified Chinese characters (for Mandarin) and 500 traditional Chinese characters (for Cantonese)

* 500 written English translations and grammar classifications for all Chinese presented

* Color/Tonal association for all Chinese characters presented to empower pronunciation with rising, falling, or mid-level tones

* A fully functioning game of Mahjong with 28 different levels comprised of 14 Mandarin levels and 14 Cantonese Levels

* The ability to select and play any level at any time to hone retention in any specific area desired

* The ability to switch between languages on the fly mid-game

* Shuffle and Undo capabilities for when you get stuck

* Random Chinese proverbs that reward your perseverance with age-old wisdom upon level completion

* A fun way to learn your favorite Chinese language!
Our verdict: Great!
  • + TileSpeak Mahjong is a highly rated app (5-star).
  • + The app is currently free, instead of its regular price of $1.99.
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