HSK 1 1.0 (Android)

To download, please see the download page.
For the next version, see HSK 1 2.0.

Growing up, I’ve always been interested in learning Chinese. Unfortunately, I never lived anywhere where it was convenient to do so. These past few months, I decided to up my game a little and started writing a program to teach myself Mandarin! 🙂

Introducing: HSK 1!

The HSK (short for Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi / 漢語水平考試 / 汉语水平考试) is the standard Chinese Proficiency Test designed for non-native speakers. There are currently 6 levels, with level 1 being the simplest. This app is focused on level 1 and features 242 words (comprised of 174 unique characters).

This program features a Flipboard-like page-turning ability. For every character, you have the ability to learn about its radical, its stroke count, its composition, its pronunciation, and its definition.

This is my third Android app and also the one that’s taken the most time to develop (over a month). I’ve spent a lot of time and effort on fine-tuning the user interface to make everything intuitive – hopefully, everything in it is self-explanatory.

So far, you only have the ability to review different words. I plan on adding the ability to quiz yourself soon. And, of course, future versions will also have Simplified as well as Traditional characters.

Go check it out! I’d love to hear your comments on this! 🙂

For the next version, see HSK 1 2.0.
To download, please see the download page. I hope you enjoy it!

quincunx

I ran into this word yesterday, on my phone. When I read it, I thought its specificity was rather amusing. 🙂

A quincunx is a geometric pattern of five units arranged into the shape of a cross, with four of these being at right angles to one another and the fifth at the center. Essentially, it is the exact pattern of a five on any die one may find.

Its origin comes from Latin, where quincunx was the name of a coin whose value was five twelfths (5/12; in Latin: quinque + uncia) of the standard Roman bronze coin.

Funny enough, there’s no such word as quadcunx for a geometric pattern of four units.

Fortunately, there’s also no such word as sexcunx for a geometric pattern of six units – that would just leave a hole too large for puns to fill, I dare say. 😛

Want to read more about other uncommon words? 🙂 See the Interesting Words page.

Sources:
Wikipedia
Wiktionary