This is the iPad version of the Discovering Chinese textbooks, used in secondary school systems. Available in both simplified and traditional characters, this program can be implemented in two years at the high school level for Chinese 1 and 2; or at the middle school level for Chinese 1A, 1B, 2A, and 2B.
Based on our state-adopted curriculum Discovering Chinese, this iPad solution leads the way to create the most innovative and holistic Chinese learning experience. It focuses on instructional delivery, paired-learning, and self-practice, creating the best language learning experience by offering ample opportunities to practice listening and reading, and encouraging students to write and speak. The iPad application measures students' progress by what they can do in the Chinese language rather than how many vocabulary words they know.
Discovering Chinese Pro adopts a systematically spiral-up and theme-based approach that meets rigorous standards. It also makes differentiated teaching possible, allowing students to learn at their own pace or work interactively in groups, in and out of the classroom.
Try the first lesson of each available volume for free and begin learning Chinese today!
DISCOVERING CHINESE PRO Edition 奇妙中文:
PRELUDE: Introduction to Chinese
Lesson 1: Hello! (你好!)
Lesson 2: What is your name? (你叫什么名字?)
Lesson 3: How old are you? (你多大?)
Lesson 4: What is your nationality? (你是哪国人?)
Lesson 5: I attend Dahua High School (我上大华高中)
Lesson 6: How many people are in your family? (你家有几个人?)
Lesson 7: Where do you live? (你住在哪儿?)
Lesson 8: What day of the week is it today? (今天是星期几?)
Lesson 9: What is inside the classroom? (教室里有什么?)
Lesson 10: What do you like to eat? (你喜欢吃什么?)
Lesson 11: I am hungry! (我饿了!)
Lesson 12: Eating Chinese food (吃中餐)
Lesson 13: Colors (什么颜色？)
Lesson 14: Clothing (穿什么衣服？)
Lesson 15: Friends (我的朋友)
Lesson 16: Sports (运动)
Lesson 17: Pets (可爱的宠物)
Lesson 18: What languages can you speak? (你会说什么语言？)
Lesson 19: Shopping (买东西)
Lesson 20: My day (我的一天)
Lesson 21: What are they doing? (他们在做什么？)
Lesson 22: Today's weather (今天的天气)
Lesson 23: Asking directions (怎么走？)
Lesson 24: Trip to China (去中国)
Lesson 25: School Begins (开学了)
Lesson 26: The Class Schedule (课程表)
Lesson 27: At the Chinese Class (上中文课)
Lesson 28: Profession (职业)
Lesson 29: Hobbies (爱好)
Lesson 30: The Sports Meet (运动会)
Lesson 31: My Room (我的房间)
Lesson 32: Visiting Campus (参观校园)
Lesson 33: The Community (社区)
Lesson 34: Invitation (邀请)
Lesson 35: Watching Movies (看电影)
Lesson 36: At the Restaurant (在饭馆)
VOLUME 4 Coming Soon
L 37: Science Exhibition (科技展)
L 38: Shopping Online(网络购物)
L 39: Grandpa's Birthday (爷爷的生日)
L 40: Chinese Festivals (中国的节日)
L 41: Nature (自然)
L 42: Environmental Protection (环保)
L 43: Getting Sick (生病)
L 44: Diet and Health (饮食健康)
L 45: Watching Performance (看演出)
L 46: Getting to Know China (认识中国)
L 47: Travel Plan (旅游计划)
L 48: Summer Vacation (暑假)
Ratings and Reviews
Very user-friendly and comprehensive
I learned a little bit of Chinese before and I needed a software that would allow me to review what I learned. This software is very easy to use and it covers not only the semantic of Chinese language but also introduces the cultural points, which would be useful should one desires to visit China.
Some exercises are tailored to be practiced in group settings, so probably this app is more appropriate for a group of students (e.g. Those in college). The price could be cheaper though, in my opinion (esp. Because we have to pay every year) - and that's why I'm giving 4 stars instead of 5.
As of today, there are still some sections that need revisions (minor errors on materials), but I'm sure the program developer will fix it soon.
Overall, I would recommend this app.
Pretty good, but finals and unit tests are too hard
I have been using the app for two years and like it for day to day use. It is easy to do and submit homework, and it functions pretty well for this. My only complaint is that you cannot leave the app while working on a writing assignment then come back to it. Other than that, the daily function of the app is very good.
I have one major complaint about the discovering Chinese mandarin program. That is the final and unit test. These tests are nearly impossible to do well on. The speaking is way to fast and impossible to understand. The questions are based off of random details from the passage that you hope to randomly cath while listing to the rapid speaking. Also, the questions where you are asked to write in mandarin are very difficult, especially when you need to do that withing a very small timeframe before the next question. In order to be effective, the listing samples need to be slowed down. We should be tested on our understanding of the language, not picking random words out of an impossible to understand passage. The reading section is mostly fine, I just find it uncessacary to include vocabulary that we have not yet learned. This is testing us on things we aren't even expected to know, and seems totally pointless seeing that it has not been mentioned in the books. I wish the readings were closer based off of what we had learned most recently rather than a random chapter from some time in our years of mandarin learning, but this is a minor issue compared to the issue of the listening. Next, the writing is fine the way it is, but it can be difficult to study for as you do not know what it is about before the final. The only way to study for the final is reviewing everything that we have ever learned, which is not possible. I wish we were tested on the last few chapters we learned, rather than random things from our history of mandarin learning.
Comprehensive and gets me to practice speaking
Discovering Chinese Pro is a great app for learning Chinese. It's very systematic and provides me multiple chances to practice reading, writing, speaking, and listening. It also teaches me pinyin which has enabled me to type my first email in Chinese!
The recording functionality is great in practicing your speaking skills. I still have to work on my pronunciation, but I'm learning so much. There's also an email function that let's me send my writing and speaking work to my Chinese friends to "correct." It's been a lot of fun. Hope I can get through all the lessons.
- Better Chinese LLC
- 78.3 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
English, French, German, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2013 Better Chinese LLC
- In-App Purchases
- Volume 1 $119.99
- Volume 2 $119.99
- Volume 3 $119.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.