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Old 03-26-2007, 02:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm a new Blackberry (8800) user in Hong Kong, and wanted to see if anybody knows of any language-learning software (like flashcards) that work on Blackberry OS... As I bought my phone here, it can display and input Chinese text, but I just want a way to practice while on the train, etc.
I've searched around and there are some for Pocket PC and Treo? Not fair!
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The only things I'm aware of for Cantonese are these two:

http://www.hnhsoft.com/Talking-Engli...for-BlackBerry
http://www.talkingpanda.com/ilingo.php

There is a fantastic set of free apps (like flashcards) for learning hiragana/katakana/kanji (http://www.getjar.com/products/4998/HiraganaRecall) but I've not found anything that is like this for Cantonese yet. :(
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Thanks for the info! That sounds good actually, and I may try downloading it, as I have been studying Cantonese... but as I'm starting to study Mandarin (and Chinese characters), I would like to find something more character/pinyin based... Any other suggestions?
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I found a flashcards program in that case (I assumed being in Hong Kong you wanted Cantonese ), but you must have the ability to have Chinese characters installed on your BlackBerry:

Mobile Chinese Flashcards - Learn Chinese on your Mobile Phone

If you don't have a firmware with Chinese, you'll have to upgrade your 8800 (or downgrade? depends on version) to get one with Chinese. I was going to try and help you find a firmware for the 8800, but the RIM blackberry.com download servers are crashing right now. :(
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BTW -- if you google "mobile pinyin learn" you get a lot of results; your BlackBerry can run any "J2ME" (aka Java Mobile or Midlet, MIDP 2.0, etc.) application besides ones listed specifically as 'BlackBerry'.
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Originally Posted by rivviepop
I found a flashcards program in that case (I assumed being in Hong Kong you wanted Cantonese ), but you must have the ability to have Chinese characters installed on your BlackBerry:

Mobile Chinese Flashcards - Learn Chinese on your Mobile Phone

If you don't have a firmware with Chinese, you'll have to upgrade your 8800 (or downgrade? depends on version) to get one with Chinese. I was going to try and help you find a firmware for the 8800, but the RIM blackberry.com download servers are crashing right now. :(
I believe OP mentioned the 8800 from HK has the input and display Chinese character capability.
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I believe OP mentioned the 8800 from HK has the input and display Chinese character capability.
Oops yeah I missed that! Looks like that flashcard program might work then -- I'm interested to know the result myself out of curiosity.
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