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Learn languages the simple way with Learn Chinese - Win 1 of 50 copies

Learn Chinese for the BlackBerry PlayBook
By DJ Reyes on 2 Apr 2012 03:29 pm EDT
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I’ve always been fascinated with certain languages, more so no that I’m older. Learning in school was boring and trying learn as an adult is a bit challenging, though I don’t think it needs to be. In the past I’ve picked up some of those books with CDs, those can be quite fun as takes you away from the boring, mundane business of learning grammar rules that you get taught in schools. Looking back at how I learned to understand and speak my parents native language (tagalog), I never had to write things down or learn grammar rules. Simply by listening to them have conversations or even speak to me, I would slowly pick up what certain words meant. At the beginning I didn’t necessarily know what the whole sentence meant word for word but I did understand what they were telling me. And I eventually learnt how to answer them back in tagalog as opposed to english. That takes me to the Learn series from S4BB. A few months ago I took a look at Learn French, this time I’ve been learning Chinese. Keep reading to take a closer look at the app.

The Review

Developer: S4BB
Version (at time of review): 2.3.3
File Size: 1093 KB
OS Requirements: Smartphone OS 4.6.0 and above / Tablet OS 2.0.0
Cost: $4.99 Website: http://www.s4bb.com

When you first download the app, there are now lessons loaded. You have to download these are you go along through the lessons or you can download them in bulk. The best way to that would be to sideload the lessons from a PC or Mac. Within the app you can email yourself the files to download. Once you have these loaded onto your BlackBerry, then the learning can begin.

Transfering Learn Chinese files to you BlackBerry

There are different learning levels - Newbie, Elementary, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced, with lessons naturally covering a lot more as you progress through. Lesson times range from 10-15mins each. Lessons are planned out by starting with the dialogue spoken three times so you get a feel for what it should sound like. Then Ken and Jenny (your tutors) will break it down sentence by sentence, then word for word and you’ll find yourself saying things out loud as you start the speak the language. The lessons cover real world conversations and scenarios. So if you want to learn basic Chinese to allow you to make orders at the restaurant or ask for directions while you’re on holiday, or just want to learn the language, it’s all covered. 

Learn Chinese Levels

Compared to the Learn French version I reviewed a while back, Learn Chinese has a whole lot more lessons, with about 150 Newbie lessons alone and almost 500 lessons altogether. I find them very engaging, as well as just the right length so as not to get bored. I like the fact that you can pick and choose the lessons you want to learn, you don’t have to necessarily do them in order. There is certainly a lot of lessons to keep you busy learning Chinese in the long run. 

Learn Chinese Newbie Lessons

Within the app there is a link that directs you to more lessons, as well as being able to get your hands on transcripts and vocabulary, if you really wanted to take things further. For me, the lessons within the app are suffice enough -- at least for now. My only gripe with the app is that there is no way to rewind the lessons. The only media options you have are play, pause and restart. It really needs to have a rewind option. There are times when I just want to go back a bit in the lesson but can’t so I’ve just got to continue or start over -- it can get annoying at times. However, overall, I have been enjoying the app and is something I do recommend if you want to give learning Chinese a go. Learn Chinese is available in App World for both your BlackBerry smartphone and PlayBook for $4.99. If you fancy your chances though you can win one of fifty copies from S4BB. Check out the contest details below.

Learn Chinese Other Materials

Learn Chinese
by S4BB

The Good

The lessons are engaging and cover real world conversations. Lessons are bite-sized so you don't get bored.

The Bad

There is no way to rewind through the lessons.

Conclusion

A great way to learn Chinese, with almost 500 lessons starting from newbie to advanced, it makes learning the language, simple and fun. There are no grammar rules to learn and you can start speaking from the first lesson.

Download Learn Chinese for your BlackBerry smartphone

Learn Chinese QR Code

Learn Chinese web link

Contest: The developer of Learn Chinese, S4BB, has sent us 50 free copies to pass on to you guys! To enter, leave a single comment below. The contest ends Sunday at midnight PST. Good luck!

249 comments

BBWatchCA

Would be nice to try it out!

jordan559

Looks like a interesting app. I know a little chinese already but very little. With this app I could learn to speak it as a second language. Hope I win.

navikun

Sounds interesting I would like to give it a go ;)

bluetroll

gotta win... t pain is a winner, i want to be one too!

staffman28

Never tried to learn a second language. Would love to give it a go.

QueXiaQuanton

I'd like to try this out. I've considering this for my job.

Blu-Bear

Believing that a language can be learned via a phone app is nothing short of delusional. The "mundane" business of learning grammar rules gets taught for a reason. But what do these highly educated professionals know, huh?

gordonzhao

Something lodged up there? Or would you like something to be lodged up there?

you sir name

Would definitely be interesting to try out!

savycoop

I'd be interested to learn Chinese too! Thx :)

Carlos_E

Please I just want to win this one and never win anything on Crackberry again !!

Would be nice and helpful to find a Chinese girlfriend ;)

BaconMunch

I'm in, I wonder if I can learn how to order dim sum with this haha

jamesp614

I am up for a new challenge....

knicksfan

I would love to win this app. I plan on going to China later this year so this would be helpful

Yell0w

This would be wonderful for school.

howl078

I wound love to have this app.

freeway393

Would love a copy of this.

Cula

would be great, i need some basic chinese in august/september :)

s.randriana

Would love to try it! :-)

jmurdock13

I would love to learn a new language

sungercan

I'd like to give this a try. The only "complaint" I have is that it was difficult to determine whether it taught Cantonese or Mandarin... Even after going to their (S4BB) web-site, I only see the word "Mandarin" in the iPod/iPad description, so I can only assume that it is the same for BB.

DJ Reyes

My apologies, I should have mentioned it in the article. It's Mandarin.

sjsplaty

I would love a copy of this. I have been traveling to China for 5 years for work, and still haven't learned the language. I'll try anything!

shebmiller

This would be a great addition to my current efforts!

Thanks S4BB and CB!

gordiens

I'll take a copy. Heading over there next year and need all the help I can get....

Berryfan11

This would undoubtedly be a great app!! Chinese would be a wonderful language to learn!

mikean23

pick me, pretty please

jaBBu

Would like to try this and if it works well, I will go for more languages too!

Gordon Anderson

My girlfriend is Chinese and though her English is excellent I would love to know what she is saying to her family about me!

Gordon A

PiotrJot

Would love to try it, and actually be able to order something else then a beer :-)

gmoneyyo

Thanks for the story and opportunity to win a copy of the app. Best of luck to everybod!!

Zutuk

I would love to have this app.

warrenrealitiez

Would like to learn Chinese.so I could talk to my nieces.

mechanoid

Would be good to learn Chinese. Please?

jpcharlie247

This would be awesome. I have friends who speak it and I can't ever figure out what they are saying.

bestbeancounter

Would love to learn Chinese on the go! better than through DVDs!

AzN_KnIGHT

I love Blackberry and I am Chinese! would be great to have this app.

cheysser

Please pick me, i would love to try this out.

Wandering_Sumo

Yes, please. I think I could put this to good use.

rkopsie

My friend just moved to Shanghai, China for the half a year & it'd be so cool to talk to her in the language she's learning as well haha :]

Pilot Prop

I've always had an interest in learning a second language(either chinese or spanish). this should help.

dewey32399

I would love to try this. I have adopted a daughter from the Hubei province and would love for both of us to learn the language of her birthplace.

bquinney

Sounds like a good app to have.

luis3590

As a foreign language major, I would LOVE to have this app.

Thanks, CB!

bzeal11

would love this app, this would def. help with communication with my family in china when i visit next year!

KeiFeR123

Need to enhance my basic mandarin skills :) Please let me win :)

blazeon420

I'd love to win this app!

Kancho25

Would definitely love to try out this app as I definitely want to pursue some expatriate assignments in the near future.

dbDEEdb

I am not Chinese, but I am married to a Chinese woman, and I am convinced her mom is talking smack about me sometimes behind my back. I NEED this app so I can "follow along" silently, and then bust out and unleash a verbal tirade of Maury proportions in Chinese.. So Please hook me up!

Terry192

My step mother and sister are Chinese so I would love to learn the language, also china will take over the world soon anyway lol

mykalgrant

awesome. my son wants to learn Chinese. This is a great way for him to learn it.

ASCVD@40.yo

nee how ma?
woh ay nee

eltiburon7

Pick me! Dragon i like moo goo gai pan

mrbquick

My coworkers are chinese and I try to talk chinese with them from the words they teach me but its difficult to learn without a 1 on 1 lesson. i would love this app. Plus it would be cool for them to see an african american man speak chinese to them.

jussimple

I'm currently in school trying to get my Mechanical Engineering Degree and this one of the Languages that I wanted to learn. I would definitely use this!

jonty12

count me in. I'd like to speak Chinese and Spanish. Don't mind forgetting about English.

yanqiqi

I always look for an app like this to teach my boyfriend Chinese.

livejam

This would be very useful for me as a med student wanting to practice in a population that will have lots of chinese speaking people!

Thanks CB!!!

elderberryman

I travel to China once a year and would love to have access to this learning tool.

neebabe5

Oh this is SO COOL! I have wanted to learn a different language for so long, but can't afford the expensive material! Hope I win a copy :)

hibackhand

Mandarin or Cantonese? I know a little Mandarin and I'd love to learn either language.

jacknewp

Sounds interesting....would love to give it a chance!

jonathon.94

I wanna try this out :)

mincanada

Would be fun to learn..salamat!!

byul

Chinese all the way long.

anhhung8142

Right on ! Can i have one for either my playbook or 9780. Thanks CB 4 da chance

l111398

I would love to win this. My daughter, 14, is from China and she wants to learn Chinese, but I can't afford Rosetta Stone. This app would be great!!! Please consider me. Thanks.

andy957

would make my day to be able to order "pu pu platter" in Chinese next time I go out for dinner!

alepjumper

Let me win pretty please!!! :D

CrackCargo

I travel to China often, and I am frustrated by not having a good product to learn to get along, which I think is only considerate....

the_other_island

I uses to know enough to order dim sum - would be great to learn more.

avidberry

I was planning to learn mandarin and this application will help me a lot. So, CrackBerry, help me learn! Thanks a lot.

oreca

Would be nice to be able to impress some of my Chinese suppliers!

koroshiyax

I'd like this :) Gf would be happy.

Karajorma

Since I actually live in China and I'm actually learning Chinese at the moment this could be very useful indeed. I often have time on bus and train journeys with nothing to do, spending the time learning might be a better use of my time than playing games. Might be nicer for my battery too.

Krack

I've been trying to learn Chinese for about 4 years and still can't hold a conversation. Would love to give this a go!

pablogimenez

Thanks for the contest.

I'd like to win a copy.

Pablo Gimenez

Buenos Aires
ARGENTINA

http://twitter.com/PabloGimenez

kongee28

time for me to learn chinese...

07thking

Handy stuff, yes thanks :)

boylinux

I started learning Mandarin and would love to learn more.

tanzim

Thanks to S4BB for developing useful apps for BB and PB. I would love to try this app.

SassyLee

Would love to win this

stpara

I'd like to give it a try!

gohogs911

Would love to win a copy.

cristian.daniel23

I sure would love to learn chinese.. i want to win this app :D

bshow

This would be a great addition to The Rosetta Stone - thank you!

tda_tda

... i'd like a copy... let see if it comes handy during my business trip tochine 2 weeks from now...

Kellend

Been looking for something to refresh what little I had learned previously

clee666

I am a Canadian-Born Chinese and I would love to learn the Chinese language.

eliasso

i have always wanted to learn chinese

LeeEang

it would come in handy. choose me. :)

lynawry

omg this would be so great

Kat0908

I'd love to use this app!

Thomasrox3

I want to learn mandarin

g_dark20

Participando. Saludos.

Danish59

Hey Guys!

Great Give-away! Really!! I've been drooling over these apps for a while now :)

Oh please please give me one MORE reason never to put my playbook down!!!!
Thanks
JG

Danish59

Hey Guys!

Great Give-away! Really!! I've been drooling over these apps for a while now :)

Oh please please give me one MORE reason never to put my playbook down!!!!
Thanks
JG

darklichti

This sounds like an awesome app. I was looking for a nice language app on my phone/playbook and this seems to be a good fit.

glassofpinot

One of fifty - thanks. I need this now and want to try it out + report my findings to any potential users out there on CB and AppWorld. Please be mine..

rjqq

I want to learn Chinese! Thanks, CrackBerry!

dieselcat1

my Chinese girlfriend would love me even more.thanks

b2gr8

我们可能会得到你所希望的。May we get what you wish for !!!!

nccwildman

I've visited China a few times but can't speak the language. If I could learn some words and phrases then I'll have an more enjoyable visit. I hope I can win one of the copies.

w0qj

Sounds interesting, I'll give it a go please ;)

mcheney7

After watching Firefly for the umpteenth time I always thought I'd have to learn Chinese. Now I can know more than just the swear words.

XtasyX

I need to brush up on my chinese!

henry.ys

Ok, let me win this one.

ArgoFX

Cool. I would like to win a copy :)

fendi_santosa

Ni Hau ??
Nice to have... ^_^

Beesh1

I would love one! I so want to go china one day!

71mmy

Give me one please

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armobarak

ive always wanted to learn chinese!! would love to win this app

Eakle

I am studying Chinese now, wanna grab it. Pleaseeeeeeeeeee.

theideaexplorer

I really want to learn Chinese this summer so I'd love to win this :D

sonician

I'd love to start learning Chinese with my BlackBerry. I know a little Japanese, so this would be a nice compliment to that!

togardergrosse

Ok, now this is something that I really want!

misterBB84

maybe I can finally win something

sexicay

I would like the opportunity to learn and expand my communication skills

lilaberry

Sounds good, sign me up please! thanks CB

ludwighartmann

I never won something! This will be the ideal first first prize!!!!

skikitt

is it possible to use the touch screen to learn how to write chinese symbols?

skikitt

is it possible to use the touch screen to learn how to write chinese symbols?

theinr1ch

sounds awesome! id love to win

cdelcampo216

Sounds like a great deal.. is it available for the PlayBook?!

If so, I want one!!!

Thanks!

CDC

Mummy2

This would really be helpful, both in my business and with friends.

cuto

This would be a great way to learn my mothertongue rather than speak Chinglish. LOL

frenchblondie21

I need to learn french for my job. This would save my butt :)
I haven't found too many helpful apps for languages

manongjl

I am a Filipino working here in Malaysia and most of my teammates are Chinese Malay. They usually speak in Chinese and I would love to surprise them and answer them back in Chinese as well.

Xin9900

I hope I win one copy!

SteakArmstrong

I would love to get a free copy of this. If my name gets picked I will literally giggle like a little school girl!

RGenie

Is it as good as a Chinese girlfriend??? I'll let you know if I win.

whyaskus70

I would love to try this out. Please put me on the list.

judicator

This would be nice to be able to understand my girlfriends mom when she's speaking.

SHAGGYSPHONE

I need this I need this :)))

subsix

That would help me improve my level of Chinese. Would love to get a copy.

piotr.boruta

Give me one please. I learn japanese and I want learn chinese :)

BandBH

I'd love to try it. Thanks.

Zeds

Nice ! Looking for something easy and effective to pick up a new language or two !
Looking forward to perhaps trying this :)

MayhemMaybe

Nice, can learn the language spoken where most of our toys are made! I'm in.

Coyote46

My Far Eastern History teacher taught us a little Chinese - this would take it to the next level!

Henry520

i wan pls i realy need it T.T

chatkiller

Sure why not. At work we commonly get people who don't speak English, so it might be nice to win a copy.

RGwhittenbu

Sure, why not learn a new language.

timhd

I'd like to get this.

dakid72

This would be very cool to win. My great grandfather was chines and with long lost family out there I might be able to speak to them as a great surprise, also would be cool to just know another language.
Thanks in advance CrackBerry and S4BB!

ramocan

I would very much love to get this app for free!
Though, if I had to pay for it, it sure seems quite a bargain.

MusicsAllWeGot

I always wanted to learn Chinese, but I'm a downer... then I remembered the mighty words..... "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can"... In for a chance.
This is for you Thomas the Choo Choo Train......this is for you....

Bjblondie58

Why not Chinese?! I would love to understand what they're saying at the Chinese restauants that I go to.

philephool

It would be great to learn chinese!

lester78

Give me one please. Want to learn other language as well. Currently I can speak English and Tagalog (it's Filipino actually).

ggiesberts

Well, China soon we come,

glassofpinot

Great idea for an app.
I just came back from China and wish I had it with me!
Help me win !! 777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777

Lizzdmc

Although, I already speak 4 languages, I would love to learn Chinese. I have always enjoyed the culture.

garrett1972

Learning another language would be cool.

BBKirk

I visit Taiwan from time to time and would love to have this on my blackberry to refresh my memory of the language before I arrive.

Alex_613

I would like to learn Chinese .

Bold9930trooper

I would like to try this app out. I am in on this one Kev.

kenbjr66

I would love to win this. I find Chinese a fascinating language but don't want to go the full Rosetta Stone route to learn some.

jieann

Learning another language is fun. And I think Chinese is an odd one. Let me try this.

bbdodgersdude

I hope I win! but good luck to everybody!

wocampb

This looks cool. I would love to try this!

Bigpoint

I'd love to try this

lev874

I would like to know what the people at the Chinese take out are really saying about me!!! Pick me

paulak77

I would love to learn Chinese! Pick ME! :)

Kirbentech

Have been studying Mandarin for about a year. Would like to try additional material.

fyreball

Can't hurt to learn a new language!

Good luck everyone! :)

Davidro1

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Ed Russell

Would be a nice addition to my new z10

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cagmdkg

Can't wait to try!

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Faye Chakmakoglu

I'd love to try it!

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Emacd

I'd love to have this (anything to help improve my Mahjong scores)!

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tabalet

謝謝

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Pardon

I love to win

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Domzkie Nickz

Nice! I would need this for my work!

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xxir0nmanxx

Domo origato Mr. Roboto please pick me!

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Rayed Siddiqui

I love learning :)

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johnStory

This is cool! I'd love to win this.

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KOHIMAVITTAL

Yes. I love Chinese

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poolman5

My wife is Chinese. I would like to be able to understand her. Thank you.

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shaunch

Give me a copy plzzzzzzzzzz

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Rakddon

Yes Please!

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Peaceful world

Support you!

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dobbs89

Would definitely go visit China if I could speak Chinese!

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tnawab

Looking forward to this

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nvtien

It is so cool when get free to learn Chinese.

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harry112

I really like Chinese

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washiak

I would love to have a copy

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stale29

I only know a few words of Mandarin but would like to learn more.

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dannche

Love to have a copy. I'm Chinese but can't speak a word of it.

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ijai

Being able to speak Chinese will help me a lot in my line of work. Winning this app will surely make my day. Wó yau zhege!

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sabinacker

Yes Please

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CobaltTiNor

It sounds interesting, I don't pay for a lot of apps but sounds like it's worth it.

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operationnos

Time to expand my vocabularies

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newreiking

Surely sounds like something I would like to try. Learning a new language would be helpful in my business, and could help me (in due time) start working with entrepreneurs in other countries. I'm in...

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gettz33

I would love to try as well

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yairc123

This will come in handy.

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nvtien

Love this contest. Hope get one license

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PineappleOranges

If this is still going on, count me in.

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80_tive

Chinese

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anthony_naidoo

Already have some Chinese lessons but find them tedious...will like to see if this is any good

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Freshouttathebox

Freshman in College, International Business major taking Chinese and looking for any quality supplemental program out there!

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alireza667

Would love this being in Pakistan learning Chinese is almost mandatory now

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