Ka: Learn Chinese Tones 4+

Mandarin Pinyin practice game

Kai Loh

Designed for iPhone

    • 4.8 • 88 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases

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Having trouble with Chinese tones?
Do Chinese words all sound the same to you?
Are you able to tell apart similar sounds?
Can you recognize the tones, and do you know when to use which?

Many people think that Chinese is an impossibly complex tonal language to master — but that's before they've tried Ka!

Ka is a fun, fast-paced flashcards game that introduces you to the range of different sounds that make up the Chinese language and gives you plenty of listening and pronunciation practice via quick, snappy drills.

With Ka, you'll quickly learn to recognize and tell the difference between different syllables in Mandarin Chinese.

You'll stop making embarrassing mistakes like confusing mā (mother) for mǎ (horse) and shāng hài (hurt) for shàng hǎi (Shanghai)!


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What’s New

Version 1.48

App improvements and bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
88 Ratings

88 Ratings

unicornrainbowkitty223 ,

Great App, Truly

I discovered this app through a subreddit, and then saw it show up in a few discord servers too. I decided to check it out and am immensely impressed! It really does help with tone recognition, and it’s got such a fun UI. It is easy to stay interested.

I feel like the one setback this app has is there is no real “penalty.” When I make a mistake, I get the red screen, but then the same audio and example shows up, and I will then know the answer, but not because I was able to hear it correctly. I also am still capable of getting full points for each lesson. Actually experiencing some form of penalty for getting the answer wrong might be nice. And to improve tonal recognition quality, I would love for some more variation. Most of the examples have the same audio in each lesson, so once you hear it once, it can be pretty easy to figure it out the next time it shows up (I’m speaking about when sentences containing the tone show up). Maybe some varying audios for each time within each lesson would make it a bit more challenging?

xcourtney_chaoticx ,

Enjoyable and easy to use

Have been using this app for a few months now and have been really enjoying it! I have found it helpful to hear tones not just alone but as parts of full words and phrases, and to hear the ways in which the tones can change subtly when placed together. I have actually come to end of the created levels, but this gives me a great opportunity to go back and listen to what I’ve learned over again and make sure I’ve retained it.

mfitzhugh ,

Fun way to learn!

You know those really annoying in-app ads in other apps, like Duo Lingo? The ones where you think, it looks fun to swipe and rack up points with great sound effects and cute graphics, but what a waste of time! Now, imagine you were swiping away, having a ball, and actually learning a really important aspect of Chinese! That’s this app. You’ll love it. And you should definitely pay the incredibly fair in-app purchase to support it.

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