Tip Tap Tones
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Download size24 MB
- Windows Phone 8
- Windows Phone 7.5
- phone identity
- photo, music, and video libraries
- data services
- HD720P (720x1280)
- WVGA (480x800)
- WXGA (768x1280)
Supported languages (1)
English (United States)
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.
2/25/2014Great 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!
1/24/2014Learning mandarin and is pretty helpful
9/28/2013Tones only match one of the four buttons.
9/22/2013Best thing I've found for learning Chinese. it really helps you discern the differences in tones, which is crucial to actually understanding what someone is saying in Chinese.
7/27/2013I have no idea what I'm doing.
5/30/2013Amazingly good. Really helping me learn mandarin.
3/8/2013Great practice to keep my tones in tune.
2/27/2013Excellent app! The interactive method of reinforcing tones is very effective. Sometimes the pronunciation differences between 3 and 4 get very subtle, but I assume that's a function of achieving harder difficulty levels.
2/10/2013This should be on the game section. Fun for learning and playing.
12/6/2012Neat game but could use instructions. If I hadn't had a smattering of background in Linguistics, I would have been lost trying to discern the relationship between games tone representations and the sounds. Also, headphones might be best.