Chinagram 4+

Chinese Writing


Designed for iPad

    • 4.4 • 9 Ratings
    • $3.99

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With Chinagram you can approach Chinese by discovering the meaning and origin of 300 of this language's most representative characters. Chinagram also includes a historical and a linguistic overview, which help you understand how Chinese writing has changed over the centuries and what its basic rules are today. With these pointers and the range of characters selected for the application, you can start building your vocabulary on solid grounds and really begin to discover Chinese and China.

Based on the book La scrittura cinese by Professor Yuan Huaqing, published in Italy by leading publishing house for languages, Vallardi, Chinagram offers you scrupulous content through an innovative graphic approach and the instant usability of the iPad.
With Chinagram you can:
- Get an overview of the fascinating history of Chinese writing, from its origins 3,600 years ago to modern day
- Understand the logic behind the way Chinese characters are pronounced, written, composed and classified.
- Learn to recognize and read 300 characters.
- Practice writing each character by tracing it on the screen of your iPad.
- Discover the ideas that gave rise to the original characters and see their evolution over the centuries, through six successive historical periods.
- Listen to the correct pronunciation of each character.
- See each character's phonetic Pinyin transcription.
- Easily save and recall your favorite characters.
- Switch from one character to another, with suggestions based on related concepts, shapes or meanings.
- Learn more about Chinese culture and language, with examples of how each word in used in idioms and everyday conversation.

As the new millennium sees China as one of the fastest-changing countries in the world, an understanding of Chinese writing can give you deep insight into the roots of this emerging power. In fact, each ideogram is not only an example of calligraphic art, but also a distillation of the country's ancient values and traditional culture.

The application tells the story of Chinese writing, explaining its rationale and showing its beauty, sign after sign. Try your hand at ideograms and learn more about one of the great cultures of the Orient.

What’s New

Version 1.5.0

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

Contains 60 new characters: now Chinagram enables you to explore and learn 360 Chinese characters.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

SoloPocono ,

Beautiful beginners app

Although I’m certainly still a beginner; because this app is limited in the characters they cover, learners WILL outpace it in a fairly short amount of time.
That being said, the information, etymology, stroke order, on the characters they DO cover is excellent! I have several books and another app that cover the same information, but it’s not presented as nicely as it is in this app.
I still can’t shake the feeling it’s missing something though-if I figure out what it is, I’ll update the review.

cwlq ,

cute little book

This is a cute little book. It is very short and you should be able to read it in less than an hour, but it does have a lot of nice little effects and a beautiful page layout. The character writing mode basically just lets you trace the outline of a character. If you are very interested in a calligraphy app I recommend Zen Brush. The mandarin pronunciations are also quite a nice multimedia addition.

The only drawback I found was that it only displays the Simplified (PRC) versions of each character and not the Traditional versions used in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea.

Joseph Gerth ,

Really great app!

This is a fantastic app for those interested in the Chinese language. It is mostly directed at beginners, however, the history and background information could be useful or interesting to anyone. I am not a fluent Chinese speaker, but I have taken one class on it. Speaking the language is very easy, since there is very little grammar to worry about, but reading and writing are very difficult, simply because there are so many characters to memorize! This app sets out to help you to remember the appearance of the characters, which, in my opinion, is the biggest challenge!

The included history and background are great if you're interested in the history of language, but the real reason I love the inclusion of this information is because it helps you to remember what each character looks like. Again, that is the big issue when reading Chinese. The history helps you to associate the characters with something else, which of course helps you to remember!

I hope that the author continues to add more characters to the list (although, to be honest, what has been included initially will take me awhile to learn and fully master), more pronunciations (for the derivative words as well), and more activities (drawing and redrawing the characters can be useful, but in order to truly grasp these characters it might be helpful to include some games or other activities, as other language apps sometimes do).

Highly recommended!

App Privacy

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