HSK 2 1.0 (Android)

To download, please see the download page.

As it’s currently only 15 days into the new (Julian) year and just a mere 16 days away from the Chinese New Year – a.k.a. the Lunar New Year – I figure it’s a great time to introduce the second installment of my Mandarin app series! 😀

For the HSK level 2, there are 286 words available (comprised of 207 unique characters). For more information about how I approach the HSK in general, see my first post about it.

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

To download, please see the download page. I hope you enjoy it!

HSK 1 3.1 (Android)

To download, please see the download page.
For the previous version, see HSK 1 3.0.

This app has been put on the back burner for some time now. Today, it’s finally getting a much needed update:
1. There were some inconsistencies between some traditional and simplified characters. These differences have now been resolved.
2. Various bugs were also fixed.

For the previous version, see HSK 1 3.0.
To download, please see the download page. I hope you enjoy it!

HSK 1 3.0 (Android)

To download, please see the download page.
For the next version, see HSK 1 3.1.
For the previous version, see HSK 1 2.0.

This update has been in the works for awhile now, but I’ve only had a chance to finalize and upload it today. There are some significant upgrades in this version:
1. “How to Use” has been reorganized for easier reading.
2. Characters are now available in both traditional and simplified styles.
3. Quiz questions now have an extra “info” option.
4. Quizzes now save themselves as you go through questions.
5. Added a way to reset and start a new quiz.
6. Sizing differences have been resolved. All devices should now have a relatively similar user interface.
7. Various bugs were fixed.

For the previous version, see HSK 1 2.0.
For the next version, see HSK 1 3.1.
To download, please see the download page. I hope you enjoy it!

HSK 1 2.0 (Android)

To download, please see the download page.
For the next version, see HSK 1 2.0.
For the previous version, see HSK 1 1.0.

This app has been greatly improved over the past few weeks:
1. All pinyin pronunciations are now included. You can listen to them as you flip through different words.
2. There is now the ability to quiz yourself. There are two quiz options: definitions and pinyin.
3. Various bugs were fixed.

For the previous version, see HSK 1 1.0.
For the next version, see HSK 1 2.0.
To download, please see the download page. I hope you enjoy it!

山寨 (shānzhài)

As I’ve been teaching myself some Mandarin lately, I figure it’s about time I find something funny there. 🙂

After a brief search around, I found the word 山寨 (shānzhài). Literally, it is a compound word that means mountain (山) village/stronghold (寨). However, its actual de facto meaning is more like “knockoff” products.

Though sounding rather accusatory, the term knockoff here is actually quite apt. And although knockoff products can appear anywhere in the world, China somehow has managed to really make a name for itself in this arena, as there are whole industries devoted to making imitation products, such as:

Restaurants:


Clothes:


Ummmmmm:

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

Source:
Wikipedia