Så blev vi omsider færdige med Hr. Hårs findehistorier.
With help from our good friend Kate we translated our 4 iBooks about “Hr Hat og Hr Hår” into english and just put them up for download in the iBook store. Get the first one for free here.
At last we are ready to launch the App I have wanted to finish for over a year: the Chinese sign writing trainer! I will be very grateful for comments here or in the App Store Reviews.
I spend about an hour on the train commuting each day, and when I was taking Chinese classes, I felt that it would have been great to spend some of that time practicing writing the chinese signs, but that it was unwieldy to sit with paper and pencil on the train. The answer: training on the iPhone/iPod/iPad. From a comment to the Chinese sign reading trainer, I realized that it was necessary to include the possibility of choosing the order of training the signs, and the design and coding of this part took a while. But now it is finished! I think it is my best App so far, but there is still room for improvement, so please comment!
The present demo App has 120 of the most common signs, including all signs from Chapter 1 of Integrated Chinese, Volume 1. If the demo is just moderately popular, I plan to make a paid version with about 500 signs, including all signs from the entire Volume 1.
Så har vores første e-bøger ramt reolen. Astrid har skrevet to tekster om Hr. Hat og Hr. Hår, og Christian har tegnet til.
De to første titler – Hr. Hår tager toget + Hr. Hår åbner en kasse – finder man under bøger i iTunes her:
Efter en længere pause er vi på banen med endnu en app. Tekst fra app store:
Har du glemt en vigtig dag eller en aftale? Har du ikke fået ringet? Råbte du lidt for højt?
Sig undskyld! Du kan vælge mellem 100 forskellige poetiske, skøre, filosofiske eller pjattede tekster. Du kan også komponere din helt egen ved at trykke på ‘finurlig’ knappen, der blander dele af teksterne på nye dybsindige eller dybt sindssyge måder.
Another app in the lineage of the German Noun Trainer and the Chinese Sign Reading Trainer. Text from the app store:
Would you like to master irregular english verbs better? Fire up the English Verb Trainer for a few minutes every day. For each verb, you get to choose between the correct past or perfect form and two wrong forms, again and again until you know them all by heart. The program trains the 150 most used irregular verbs – with a few regular ones thrown in to keep you on your toes.
I really want to make an iPhone app for practicing the writing of chinese signs, but programming the hand writing on the screen is a wee bit complicated, so I have opted for starting with a sign reading trainer. You get one chinese sign at a time (the most common first), and three possible pinyin transcriptions to choose from. The signs alternate, and if you read a sign correctly several times, you will see it less and less often. The program is modeled very much on the german noun trainer. I have not given up on making a sign writing trainer. This is really more needed, I think, since it is much more challenging to learn to write the signs than to read them. Stay tuned!
We started out by focusing on learning apps for recall tasks, so far Times Trainer and German Noun Trainer (a german preposition trainer is still under construction). And so we chose the name Ipamki Recall for our little venture. Well, we have now drifted into more entertaining apps, Tell a Tale and Mad Love (in review in the app store as I write this). So now it is Ipamki Everyday.
125 kærlige beskeder, der kun venter på at blive sendt til en du holder af. Med et tryk på en knap får du en sjov og poetisk tekst, klar til at blive sendt som SMS. “Finurlig” knappen skaber ny og overraskende kombinationer. Det har aldrig været så nemt og sjovt at sige: jeg elsker dig.
Possibly the best app idea from Astrid so far. The app contains 125 unique love poems you can send by text message, plus an option to mix up the texts. Link to app store is here. App store text:
Is there someone out there who deserves a fun and poetic love message from you? Mad Love is the answer. Each of the 125 regular messages (25 for free) is a small poem for your loved one; the random option mixes them up for a new, unexpected meaning, or no meaning at all. For the erring herrings of love.