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My Chinese Coach - Nintendo DS

by Ubisoft
Nintendo DS
Everyone
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

Price: $74.99
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  • Explore China as each point of interest opens up your vocabulary - Lesson plans take place within interesting locations ranging from Beijing to the countryside
  • Learn to pronounce sounds unique to Chinese by comparing your voice to a native speaker - Voice recording and playback feature of the DS lets you compare your accent to a native Mandarin speaker
  • Develop your calligraphy skills as you trace over animations showing the proper way to write in Chinese - Write Chinese characters using the DS stylus and touch screen
  • Participate in mini-games that will test your grasp of the structured lessons featured in the game - 12 mini-games reinforce lesson plans and the ability to write in Chinese
  • Use the built-in reference tool to look up useful words and phrases - Chinese Dictionary and phrasebook with over 12,000 Mandarin words and hundreds of useful phrases.

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001BZ691C
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 5 x 0.8 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: August 26, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,512 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

UBI Soft My Chinese Coach for Nintendo DS Learning Chinese has never been so much fun! My Chinese Coach uses carefully structured lessons that guide you through vocabulary and calligraphy exercises. Explore China as you learn the basic pronunciations unique to the Mandarin language. Learn to pronounce sounds unique to Chinese by comparing your voice to a native speaker. Use the Nintendo DS stylus to trace over and properly write Chinese Characters.

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83 of 88 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'd Love To Give it A "5", But...... September 6, 2008
...I have to compromise with "4".

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NOV. 8, 2009 EDITED TO ADD: Just noted the price drop! Wow. I thought it was a great value at $[...] but its now under $[...]. My recommendation: "Buy, buy!" if you are at all interested in Chinese or in going to China (where this really -could- be helpful, if used properly). And...if you're an educator teaching Chinese at ANY level, I'd strongly urge you to buy a class set! This is a fantastic deal now. What a learning opportunity!

******I've had some Chinese classes in the past so...I think I understand the strengths and weaknesses of "My Chinese Coach" for the variety of people who might try it.

First, the excellent. Spoken Chinese is difficult because of the tones of words. "My Chinese Coach" lets you practice tones and train your ear. A great feature is that you can listen to a word or phrase read in Mandarin, then record yourself saying it, then--if you want to--play both together to see how close you sound. This is a terrific feature, especially practicing tones.

Another good thing is the vocabulary unfolds just like it would in a class--not a lot of words in each lesson, grouped by themes, and with a cute gimmick of advancing you through landmarks in Beijing (Nintendo tried to get it out during the Olympics but just..couldn't quite do it.)

So...you have good vocabulary, practice with tones and recording yourself if you want, many different games to get through the lessons (you start with 4, but unlock 12--I think--I've only got to 5)..

The written Chinese language has characters--no alphabet--and one of the games gives you practice with writing.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! September 6, 2008
By Wm19
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is an excellent teaching tool for Chinese. It teaches you the Mandarin dialect (the official language of both China and Taiwan), pinyin (the anglicized pronounciation guide) and the simplified Chinese writing system (used in China).

Each lesson has a few characters and phrases to learn. You can hear the program pronounce each character and phrase, speak into the Nintendo DS to compare your pronounciation to the program, and practice writing. There are also games to play to strengthen the learning process. You can repeat the lessons and games as often as you like.

With Chinese writing, a character is only considered to be written correctly if the strokes are written in the right order and direction (imagine yourself writing a "plus" sign, there are 2 strokes that can come in different directions). So I found the writing part, using the stylus to write the characters, particularly helpful, because I could practice writing the characters.

A huge bonus is the mini-program included that includes travel phrases, dictionary of words known, etc. So if I'm in a restaurant in Beijing, I can choose the dining phrase from the list and show it to the waitor to ask a question.

I've tried to learn Chinese from language CDs, but found it hard to use because the CD's go on their own pace and the pronounciation is very fast. With this program, I can choose to replay something over and over again. With books, I'm not sure if my pronounciation is right. With this program, I can tell easily with the DS' audio capabilities.

So basically, this is the best language teaching tool I've seen for Mandarin (short of moving to China or knowing someone who speaks it fluently.)
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Would be great if not for the errors June 17, 2009
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I have been studying Chinese for five years and am constantly looking for tools to help me with my studies. Based on the screen shots, I thought that this product would be perfect, however, as I started working through the lessons, I found that, in at least one instance, the tones were wrong, and the character writing games often had incorrect stroke orders and in some cases even the number of strokes was wrong! Unfortunately for me, this ruins the credibility of the software and makes it all but unusable as I don't know what is right and what is wrong. That is why I gave it just one star.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for anyone learning chinese September 9, 2008
By D.S.
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I am a fluent chinese speaker but i can't write in chinese. I have taken many classes and have never really walked away with much success. This game kept me interested and excited to learn. The game has many functions. It first tests you on how much chinese you know, then places you in the right lesson to start with. You can record and compare the pronounication in the game. This game teaches you all the important charaters and grammer. Really good game. Perfect for anyone taking chinese or interested in learning the language.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These language coach games are great! August 30, 2008
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I'm not looking to master any particular language. My goal in buying these language coach games (I have all three so far) is to familiarize myself with new languages, stimulate my brain, and have fun while doing it. I figure a few minutes a day won't take too much from my life. Keep this in mind as perhaps you may have a different learning goal.

I really like this game so far. The set up is very much like the Spanish and French coach games with one very important addition: it actually gives you a chance to practice writing the characters as well.

Wow this language is so foreign to me so I'm barely learning a few words a day. I expect my word-acquisition rate to increase as I warm up to it after weeks of daily training.

Basically it's broken up into many lessons. Each lesson includes a chance to read the set of words for the lesson, listen to them clearly spoken, say them and compare what you say to how they say it, and then practice writing the words in Chinese. In addition to this basic mode of learning, each lesson has fun mini games and quizzes. It appears that there are more unlockable games, but I haven't made it that far yet.

I'm not sure if you can actually learn a language from any single tool and this is no exception. I do believe, however, that this can make a valuable addition to a language student's toolset. I believe these language games give you a lot for the price. I love the DS for these kinds of educational games, and I look forward to getting more titles of this kind.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
Great little program for roadtrips/commuting. Not really for those who are advanced, but nice for beginners or those who need to refresh what they've already learned.
Published 9 months ago by Catherine
4.0 out of 5 stars My Chinese Coach Nintendo DS
I bought My Chinese Coach in 2009. It is still revelant. Still cool. If you are just starting out in Chinese, and are on a budget, then there are more choices now than four... Read more
Published 10 months ago by monarene
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Tool for Serious Self-Taugh Student
This is a great product if you are serious about learning Mandarin Chinese. I have learned a lot and feel myself retaining more information this way. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Cari Lee Druckenbrod
5.0 out of 5 stars can only say a couple things so far, but I'm learning
On the ds version of this game series I also have; My French Coach. Then for the psp I have My Spanish Coach. Of the to different systems, I prefer the ds version over the psp. Read more
Published 21 months ago by bookfinder
1.0 out of 5 stars A terrible game and worse even as learning material
If you're like me and just want to learn how to speak Chinese than DO NOT GET THIS! You are basically forced to learn how to write and read it as well, even if you have no interest... Read more
Published 24 months ago by S. Der
5.0 out of 5 stars Chinese Coach
This does a great job of teaching you basic Chinese with games and repetition. You can hear the word pronounced, you can see the voice wave lengths and then you can speak the word... Read more
Published on January 30, 2012 by td orbit
4.0 out of 5 stars my chinese coach
the product is good and easy to play! also to understand. have fun too and learning and sharpens my mind!
Published on October 24, 2011 by budjie
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as My Spanish Coach
My Spanish Coach is better polished game. This is more like a app not a game. It is not fun like My Words and My Spanish Coach it looks like its another game and they just... Read more
Published on August 26, 2011 by john smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Simplified Chinese! But Good Tool.
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. Read more
Published on July 29, 2011 by E. L. Szarkowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun way to learn a new language
Buying this game is the first step to learning Chinese its fun and i love it. Has a good phrase book and dictionary Bought it from amazon because they had it at a reasonable price... Read more
Published on July 17, 2011 by lIvIl
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