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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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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 (Ubisoft 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.Read more ›
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.)
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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A fun, interactive way to learn Mandarin Chinese. It's good for beginners, but I don't know how much I will get out of it once I start getting to higher levels of learning of the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by James
My Chinese Coach would be a pretty useful tool for learning Chinese if it weren't for the mistakes. There are tone errors in some of the vocabulary (and that was only about 10 or... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Kiko
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 on June 28, 2013 by Catherine
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 morePublished on June 20, 2013 by monarene
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 morePublished on June 8, 2013 by Cari Lee Druckenbrod
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 morePublished on July 9, 2012 by bookfinder
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 morePublished on April 22, 2012 by S. Der