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Chinese Touch – Stroke Order 1.5

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Chinese Touch is a language learning tool for Nintendo DS with a focus on
Chinese. In contrast to many other applications (there are not that many for Nintendo DS anyway) Chinese Touch does not try to provide a complete course for a specific level of language skill, but is meant more as a generic tool to make your own learning docs easily portable and more accessable for your individual needs. Many learners, especially tech-savvy ones, already transcribe word lists or even text from their text books to the computer (try it, its a good training already) to take advantage of dictionary programs, flashcard applications and so on or even use digital sources in the first place. So all you have to do is to convert your digitally available texts and word lists into a collection of UTF8-encoded plain text files and copy them onto to your flash memory cart into the directory structure Chinese Touch understands. That way Chinese Touch can assist you in practicing reading and writing and memorizing words right on your
DS wherever you are, whenever you have a couple of minutes of spare time, using your prefered learning materials. Apart from that the ready-to-use program archive available from the downloads section already includes a beginners guide to Chinese (Mandarin) from Just extract its contents to your flash memory cart and give it a try.


Please check the project wiki for the latest version of the user manual.

Also checkout your copy of the source code from subversion if interested.
See: for instructions.

Are you seeking help or do you want to contribute ideas, artwork or source code?
Please leave me a mail at:

Change log (1.5):
Development was focused on aspects of usability, dictionary search and integration of character component data. Usability enhancements include a rubber tool and an additional calligraphy pen style for writing, a clock display in new words drill, word counters on the left and right buttons in word lists, better saving of program settings and several other tiny improvements. It is now possible to do reverse lookups on fields of your custom dictionary entries and to choose from several keyboard layouts, including Japanese Kana. Newly added images from the Wikimedia Commons Stroke Order Project have been integrated and I hope to add a settings menu soon, that allows to customize priority and optional fallbacks between PRC, traditional and Japanese writing styles. Finally character component data from the cjklib project have been integrated into Chinese Touch. It is not complete and might have some errors, but you now can lookup individual components of many characters and their meaning, which can be very helpful when memorizing complex characters. Please also have a look at the revised user manual, which includes examples on how to use some of the most important features.
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