Taiwanese–There’s an App for That!

“You love sports, horses and gambling but not to excess.”

Gus on the Go

(Only when it’s through an app.)

I love my smartphone. Now I don’t get (as) utterly lost driving to places. And friends can finally text me without guilt (it was ten cents a message before, and I had to painstakingly press the keypad for the right letters).

I haven’t messed with many apps, though, except for the ones that came preloaded. Being the cheapskate that I am, I didn’t stock up on any apps until now–when I got a promotional credit from Amazon.

I hunted around and checked out my options. Amazingly, I found a Taiwanese language app–hooray! Gus on the Go (which was featured on TaiwaneseAmerican.org, but I must have missed that post) teaches basic Taiwanese vocabulary. You can learn the vocabulary for animals, shapes, colors, fruits and vegetables…

It even packages the learning together with fun games, like:

  • Balloon Pop: Listen to the word and pop the balloon with the correct image
  • Bubble Blowing: Blow bubbles to capture the right object
  • Horse Racing: Click on the correct word and advance your horse to win
  • Whack-a-mole: Hit the right item when it’s announced

Anyway, it’s a great app that gives you the basics! I only wish there were a more advanced version for struggling adults like me.

What’s your favorite app?

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  1. I used the Duolingo app to refresh my French before I went to Paris last spring. I’d love to eventually learn Spanish. Wish an app could make me instantaneously fluent!

    • Jennifer J. Chow says

      Same here! Multilingual fluency would be great. (Like one of those travel adapters, but with your mind instead.)

  2. The iHandy Translator is the app I download whenever I go to a country where they don’t speak English or Spanish. Love GasBuddy when I’m traveling in U.S.

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