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Speed & Design update: Paving the way for the Android Mobile App!

We’re back with a major update! This time, it’s a 100% design update, and you’re going to really like it especially if you’re a mobile user! Read on to learn what’s new in Ninchanese.

design update announcement

In this update, the focus was on design, to improve your user experience learning Chinese, as that’s always one of our priorities. This design update also is a big step towards getting Ninchanese ready for its release on mobile devices. Here’s what’s new in this design update.

A new and improved selection screen

Ninchanese currently offers Chinese content for levels ranging from complete beginner to upper-intermediate.  However, it appeared that this wide range of content and learning material wasn’t visible enough to some users, who tended to stick to the beginner area and not notice they could skip ahead to material that suited their level of Chinese better.
So, to make the different levels in Ninchanese more visible and more easily accessible, we’ve completely redesigned the world selection area.  Now all islands are visible, so you can click on them or slide the islands until you find the world that suits you.

Each world corresponds to a specific level on Ninchanese: World 1 is for newbies in Chinese, i.e. complete beginners in Chinese, World 2 is for elementary Chinese learners, World 3 is for intermediate Chinese learners and World 4 is for upper-intermediate Mandarin Chinese learners. We’re also currently testing with more advanced Chinese learners a new advanced Chinese course, which will be World 5 of Ninchanese. (Click here to join the beta)

Plus, we think it looks prettier and we think you will too.

A new menu

The left-hand menu in the app was also completely redesigned to be easier to use on mobile devices and to allow you to navigate Ninchanese more easily. This is what it looks like now:

Design update: New menu layout for Ninchanese Now, you have all the shortcuts you need in one handy place.  The new menu is light, nice and efficient. Trust us, You’ll particularly enjoy this new menu when using Ninchanese on mobile devices. Neat-o!

Paving the way for Ninchanese’s first Mobile App!

We have also gone over most of the pages in Ninchanese to make your browsing experience smoother and more pleasant, especially on mobile devices, such as phones and tablets. There’s still some work needed for some of the pages, but don’t worry, we’re on it.

Our goal is going over the pages in Ninchanese was also to reduce the loading time of the app’s pages. Now, you’ll have a more fluid and generally faster experience learning on Ninchanese, especially when you’re using a mobile device.

Nincha Bro tip: Add Ninchanese as a shortcut on your mobile device desktop — it’s not quite a mobile app, but the layout and design has been greatly improved and you’ll hardly feel you’re using a web app when you whip out your phone to review words in Chinese.

Even better yet! This design update paves the way to Ninchanese’s first mobile app, which we’ll be releasing on Android! Excited? Do you want to be one of the first to try? If so, sign up here. 

 What else is new in this design update?

The password reset page has been redesigned. You can now reset your password in style! We’ve also fixed and squashed bugs, as we always do. You guys are excellent at spotting and reporting bugs and we thank you for that!

We regularly update some aspects of Ninchanese and improve the way your Chinese learning application works. Because we do that pretty regularly, sometimes we don’t write a blog post detailing the changes at the time. But plenty has changed since the last update, which added a whole Chinese-English and English-Chinese dictionary to Ninchanese! Things such as:

More information on what you're about to learn thanks to the stage summary

  • Easier access to more information on a stage – now when you start a new stage, have you noticed you can:
    • Click on See More to see more information on the stage’s content. You’ll be able to see the list of words you’ll be learning, or the list of sentences you’ll be learning to put together, speak or understand
    • Read and reread the story, as much as you want? Just click on the Read Story button
    • View the lesson, if you’re doing a sentence-building stage with Yocha
  • No more “to” – A number of you have told us via feedback and through the Nincha Chat on Slack that having to systematically type “to” before a verb was annoying and counter-productive. So we listened, and no made typing the “to” noncompulsory. So if you want to type “to be called” or ” be called” for 叫, you now can! We’re always happy to made changes, no matter how small, to make your learning experience on Ninchanese more pleasant and intuitive.

How do you like the new changes? We love hearing what you think, like or believe could be improved, so let us know, either in the app or via the Chat!  And, as always to see what we’re working on, and vote on what we should work on, check out our public roadmap on Trello!

See you soon for a new update!

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