Mandarin For Adoptive Families

Mandarin For Adoptive Families

By Daniel Cassil

  • Category: Travel
  • Release Date: 2018-03-01
  • Current Version: 1.4
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 17.98 MB
  • Developer: Daniel Cassil
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
  • App Ratings:
    5/5 ( 8 App Reviews)
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Mandarin For Adoptive Families App Ratings: 5
Based on 8 App Reviews

Mandarin For Adoptive Families App Details

The app was inspired by our trip to China to adopt. So inspired that I started working on it while I was still there. Here is the story in short -- We were recently in China to adopt our 5 year old daughter. I had learned a little mandarin and figured that google translate and other such apps would get me by. I was wrong. Some times you just need to ask a screaming child simple things like "are you hungry", "do you need to go to the bathroom", etc. Or give a simple command like "please give that back". Google voice translate does not work so well with a screaming child in the background. It also does not work very well without a data connection and, though everyone says to get a VPN and your all set, you really are not all set. The VPN works when it wants to and there are many places where mobile data is not available. You know what they say "Necessity is the mother of invention". This app is fairly simple, it consists of audio clips recorded by a native mandarin speaker, who also happens to be a mother. The clips were all professionally recorded with the instructions "Speak as if you were talking to a 2-6 year old child". She did an amazing job as you will find out when your child responds appropriately to the intended phrase. Contrast that with my experience trying to use a phrase book "printed text", which mostly received strange looks or giggles from our little girl. Fun, but not helpful. I guess details are important, so here they are. ~140 phrases professionally recorded by a native mandarin speaker (and mother) phrased and spoken for a 2 - 6 year old child. Clean and easy to navigate UI, broken down into a simple structure. The first level of navigation is options like (Ask a question, Give a command, Comfort, Praise), from there it quickly drills down into the actual phrases. Audio and text translations including both Mandarin and Pinyin versions. No data connection required. I searched for this app while there, and found nothing at all. I tried searching things like "Mandarin for adoptive families", "Chinese for adopted children", "mandarin phrases for kids", but found nothing. I have played several of the audio clips for our little girl who is quickly gaining english, and she seems to understand them all very well. My favorite is "Can I have a kiss", and "Can I hold you", both of which she responds to with giggles... and also complete understanding.


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App Reviews

  • Sound Clips Do Not Work

    By Lbug's Mom
    UPDATE: the developer contacted me and we were able to resolve the problem. Bought this app for the sound clips— however whenever you tap the screen to play none of the clips work. Can someone help? Would love to delete this rating if the problem can be resolved.
  • Very helpful for adoptive families!

    By jillyp831
    I have found this app to be very helpful! Almost all the phrases I have needed day-to-day are included. I think it would be great to add a brief overview of tones for pronunciation, and also slower recorded version of each phrase. Overall though, it’s a great app, and I’m grateful to have it!
  • Super excited about this app

    By printtootiny
    So far we have just played with this app, but we are very much looking forward to using it when we travel to pick up our son this summer. This communication issue has been heavy on our minds as we prepare for travel. Thank you Daniel!
  • Great App!!!

    By JessCass
    This app is so helpful. We just adopted a 5 year old girl and this is perfect for these early days of communication. Easy to use and the translations are perfect!
  • Excellent app!

    By Waiting2018
    I’m looking forward to using it when we go to China. One of the main concerns was not being able to communicate with our little girl. Knowing this was created by someone who has been through the adoption process in China already is very encouraging.