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Standard Mandarin now goes well with your iPad, and the app costs nothing!
It has the same features as the iPhone edition. Features include:
- Hear all pinyin sounds pronounced
- Anatomy animations visualizing how to use your facial muscles
- Pronunciation Guide. Both a long elaborate description as well as a short concise description for each sound in Mandarin Chinese.
A new tools section has been added to StandardMandarin.com. It already has a number of highly useful tools. Here is a short summary of some of them.
Did you ever need to quickly write a pinyin text, but didn't know how to actually get those tone marks added? Here is the solution: Pinyin Conversion (and it is completely free to use)
This tool will convert your pinyin text with numbers to regular pinyin with tone marks, just as it should be. For example, if you type "ni3 hao3", then it will give you "nǐ hǎo".
Have you tried getting a lengthy Chinese text, and wonder what all those nice-looking but complex Chinese characters mean? Here is the solution: Chinese Pinyin Annotation (and it is completely FREE as well)
For example: If you insert 学习汉语很好玩, then it will output this in a print-friendly format:
Would you like to spice up your Chinese language skill with a few good old Chinese sayings? Here is a tool that might help you. It is a search tool that will allow you to quickly browse through thousands of Chinese idioms.
Please click here to open it. It is completely free to use.
Did you see the Infographic on Chinese Pinyin and Pronunciation?
The infographic was released already a long time ago, but the entire explanation of it wasn't provided in the previous newsletter.
It consists of 6 main sections, that are all elaborated on in each their own blog post. Click the links below to see them individually
- 3 Reasons for learning pronunciation first
- 3 vs 4 on Pronunciation. The easy and the hard
- 3 vs 3 on Pinyin. The easy and the hard
- 5 Common misconceptions
- Why bother learn correct pronunciation?
- Become a pinyin superhero!
This infographic is a great supplement to the Standard Mandarin software for learning pronunciation and pinyin. If you've been struggling with Chinese pronunciation, then you're probably going to find a few bits of amusement here. If you're still struggling with it, then you might be able to learn a few things from this alternative teaching aid.
Check out the entire infographic Facts about Chinese pronunciation in plain English (It's free)
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New idioms and fresh phrases
The Chinese Phrases section is growing! Here is a few samples of some of the new content to be found in the section:
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StandardMandarin.com has had quite a few different logos during the years. Hopefully, this logo will work out better than the previous ones.
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