“Mandarin character flashcards with photographs to contextualize and pronunciation recording. ”
There are plenty of flashcards in the deck categorizing every objects with bright, colorful pictures. However, the usefulness of this app could be greatly enhanced by a few changes. First of all, the transliteration includes tones, but there’s no explanation about how the tones work in pronunciation. Next, the flash cards include the image, English, Chinese character, transliteration and audio button all on one side. The learning value of the cards could be raised by making them “double-sided” – i.e. separating the image and English on one side, the Chinese and pronunciation on the other. Third, all of the words are objects. Throwing in some basic verbs, along with some personal pronouns would enable learners to piece together some basic sentences, which is a lot more meaningful for group activities.
Set a family goal of a word a day, and focus on the pronunciation of the word, rather than the writing of the characters. Pick items that you’re almost sure to see in the course of your day, giving you an opportunity to point it out and say the name of the object in Chinese.