"I am thrilled with the program. It is a new and powerful tool
in my study of Chinese."
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and relevence for Americans now and in the foreseeable future."
—David Stanley, M.D.
While there are no shortcuts to memorizing Chinese characters, the Clavis Sinica Zika Chinese Flashcards app for iPhone can make an otherwise tedious process more efficient and enjoyable.
Combining the powerful dictionary features of the popular Clavis Sinica software with the portable convenience of an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, this new software helps you learn new vocabulary anytime, anyplace, whether at home, at work, or on the go.
Zika Chinese Flashcards for iPhone is based on the popular Clavis Sinica flashcards tool. The app includes eighteen built-in flashcard decks: Class I characters (the 300 most commonly used characters in Chinese), Class II characters (the next most frequently used 500), Xinhua radicals (the 189 simplified radicals), and 15 theme-based sets of 25 cards each, grouped into categories such as animals, body parts, business terms, countries, emotions, food, and so on.
For each card, you are shown a character and asked to select the correct pinyin and English definition from a list of options. Answer correctly and you are shown the next card; answer incorrectly and the correct answer is displayed.
For any character, you can view a list of common two-character compound words using that character, along with their definitions, to help you learn and remember the character's meaning. Likewise, for any radical you can display a list of characters using that radical.
The character cards in each deck are arranged in stroke-count order, so you can focus on mastering simpler characters with fewer strokes before moving on to more complex characters.
Each character card requires only two finger touches on the screen, so you can work through a deck of cards quickly and efficiently.