My Chinese Coach

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Nintendo DS

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Nintendo DSGameZone
Whether you're just casually interested or serious about learning the Chinese language, My Chinese Coach has something to offer you. While there is no substitute for having an actual teacher/language-coach, this title does a remarkable job. In short, My Chinese Coach gives you the necessary tools to go as far with this language as you'd like. Now, it's just up to you!
This game is ultimately defined by how much motivation the player has. It’s a game that requires dedication everyday, but has very little pay off in the beginning. It comes down to: If you already have a basic knowledge of the Chinese language this game will be great to rekindle interest. But if you are not taking or planning on taking a class and have no knowledge of the Chinese language ignore the part of the box were it says, “Learn a new language”. My Chinese Coach with help anyone learn how to read and write Chinese, but speaking is almost impossible without a teacher. Ubisoft deserves a pat on the back though, Chinese is one of the most difficult languages in the world to learn and it can’t be done with a DS game alone. Combined with an introductory class to the language it makes a great supplement.
Nintendo DSIGN
This isn't to say that My Chinese Coach is all bad. You're sure to pick up a few basics like "hello", "goodbye" and "how are you". And some of the games are pretty entertaining. Yet without a proper classroom environment it's far too easy for players to get lost and even overwhelmed by My Chinese Coach. Unless you need to brush up on the basics or are desperate to learn Mandarin in a hurry, the best way to learn Chinese is to just take a class.