E. L. Szarkowski "Live life with no regrets.", Amazon
29 July 2011
Summary: This is a good tool to engage in learning in the spoken Mandarin Chinese as it uses the DS voice recognition program in a way other hand held game systems cannot. I had fun playing the games and trying to figure out how to read/write the Simplified Chinese. However, I was looking for a good tool to learn the Traditional Chinese system and, as this game depends heavenly on the reading/writing vs. pingin of Chinese, it did not meet my needs.
Summary: I bought both Nintendo DS and Chinese Tutor based on positive reviews here. PRO: With a few exceptions, I'm happy with it. It uses lessons, locked lessons, games, touch screen, microphone very well to create interactive and fun lesons. A bit Anglicized (e.g. shi4 = "yes", guo4qu4 = "past"). Pronunciation is great as is the ability to record voice and play back. CON: These guys are *sloppy* on writing, which makes some of the writing exercizes very frustrating.
Summary: I am currently on my 2nd year of studying Mandarin and decided to use this game as extra support and for practice on the move. And in theory, this game is a great idea, but sadly it is held back by certain issues: - Mistakes, such as missing words and tones. - There is no 'voice calibration' thus the game can sometimes not recognise what you've said and mark you as wrong.