Tip Tap Tones

Tip Tap Tones
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Works with

  • Windows Phone 8.1
  • Windows Phone 8
  • Windows Phone 7.5

App requires

  • phone identity
  • photo, music, and video libraries
  • data services
  • HD720P (720x1280)
  • WVGA (480x800)
  • WXGA (768x1280)
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Tip Tap Tones for Windows Phone helps language learners to identify the sounds and tones of Mandarin Chinese in a way that is fast, fun, and effective.
In the game, you listen to a Mandarin sound before tapping the button representing the tone and syllable you thought you heard. The game begins with just a single syllable and four tone options, but as you progress by giving correct responses, the sounds get faster and the number of confusable syllables increases. By making you pay close attention to small differences between similar sounds, Tip Tap Tones gets you learning to listen just like a native speaker.
The game ends after 60 seconds, in which time you need to complete as many game screens as you can by giving fast and accurate responses. The game also shows you how often you get each tone correct as well as how often you confuse it with other tones, giving you the information you need to increase your accuracy, your game scores, and your real-world listening skills.
Overall, Tip Tap Tones represents a new way to “sharpen your ears” and retrain your brain to identify the foreign sounds of Mandarin Chinese, in a game format that is challenging and enjoyable for learners of all levels.
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  • by DANIEL 5/6/2015
    Very nice tool for learning how to recognize the Chinese tones.
  • by Richard 5/3/2015
    Tones were a bit difficult for even a native mandarin speaker to understand.
  • by David 3/13/2015
    Great for helping me learn the sound of Mandarin tones and pinyin.
  • by bob 1/5/2015
    Excellent, comprehension of syllables does go up with usage.
  • by David 11/22/2014
    Awesome app! Learning Mandarin and this is a great tool. Even my Chinese girlfriend enjoys playing. I think mostly because when I beat the high score she plays and easily beats mine. :P
  • by Li 11/22/2014
    Very useful app. I like the simplicity. I disagree with Odin about only playing the problem tones - when it's only them, they are easier to pick out. However I would like a slider to alter the frequency of their occurrence. In updates I'd like to hear a string of sounds and then choose the tones, like the 80's electronic toy, Simon. I think Microsoft scrapped MS Research though. 😞
  • by Scott 5/10/2014
    *** is this?
  • by Odin 2/25/2014
    Great help in hearing Mandarin tones. A few thoughts: - Allow users to narrow down the set of initials and vowels. - allow users to play only their problem tones - add a recorder game where you see or hear the word, then say it, and the game scores your answer my matching your spoken tone. Thanks for the great tool!
  • by Nick 1/24/2014
    Learning mandarin and is pretty helpful
  • by Fulvor 9/28/2013
    Tones only match one of the four buttons.