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  • #: 16832
  • Price: $3.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Education
  • Updated: 2010-02-19
  • Current Version: 2.2
  • 2.2
  • Size: 21.10 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Gene Ko
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later
  • © 2009 Gene Ko
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Now with over 850 spoken words and phrases!

Version 2.2 now lets you bookmark phrases for easy access later on and and the ability to play audio recordings at half speed.

Taiwanese helps you learn the language by listening to audio recordings of native speakers. You can browse these phrases by category or use the handy search feature. Test your progress in the app's quiz mode.

A helpful travel companion for those visiting Taiwan.

Topics covered include:

-Basic conversation ("yes", "no", "thank you", etc.)

-Language ("Do you speak English?", "What does that mean?", "Could you repeat that?")

-Numbers and order ("One", "Two", "Second", etc.)

-Introductions and greetings ("I'm pleased to meet you", "where are you from?", etc.)

-Addressing people & possession ("I", "You", "This is my book", "This is our home", "Do you have a car?", etc.)


-Time and dates

-Weather and seasons

-Asking for directions

-At a hotel (booking a room, asking questions)

-Tours and site seeing

-Travel and transportation

-Shopping, dining, and ordering at a restaurant

-Banks and money

-Clothing and personal Items


-Asking questions

-Building features ("door", "elevator", "stairs", etc.)

-Household items ("bed", "clock", "mirror", etc.)

-Industries ("advertising", "construction", etc.)

-Materials ("aluminum", "fabric", "glass", etc.)


-Feelings ("Are you cold?", "Are you sad?", etc.)

-Sports ("baseball", "basketball", etc.)

-Measurements ("length", "meter", "inch", etc.)

-Taiwanese cities

-Countries and states

The Taiwanese language is also known as Amoy, Hokkien, Hoklo, and Southern Min.

Version History:

Version 2.0 - Added quiz mode

Version 1.7 - Added a section for "10 Random Phrases."

Version 1.6 - Fixed some typos

Version 1.5 - Added dozens of new words and phrases. Now over 850 in total.

Version 1.4 - Added pronunciations for 19 cities in Taiwan

Version 1.3 - Add the ability to search through words and phrases. Improved performance when selecting categories.

Version 1.2 - Added grouped sections to the 'All Phrases' section. Added a few more example phrases to the 'People & Possession' topic.

Version 1.1 - Added an 'All Phrases' section listing all words and phrases in alphabetical order. Added words and phrases for basic colors as well as those covering the addressing of people and possession.

What's New in Version 2.2

*Added the ability to play phrases at normal speed or at slow (.5x) speed
*Added phrase bookmarks

iPhone Screenshots

Taiwanese iPhone Screenshot 1
Taiwanese iPhone Screenshot 2
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Rated 4/5 based on 3 customer reviews.


5/5 stars

Nice reference!

Good refference if you are interested in learning Taiwanese and/or use the app to play clips to speakers of the language when you are abroad.

Their Cantonese app is good too - I just wish they'd make a Mandarin version.

5/5 stars

Great Taiwanese app!

I rarely write reviews but I just had to say THANK YOU for making this app! I love having a Taiwanese app. It's accurate and useful! Thanks!

2/5 stars

So-so app with some flaws

Like the Cantonese version, I have mixed feelings about this application. It contains very useful phrases and expressions from a wide variety of everyday situations, including transportation, shopping, dining, asking questions, business, and home life.

However, there are a few flaws that one should seriously consider before buying this application. First, the phrases are spoken too quickly to follow, as if the application were designed to help the user identify what someone is saying to them in Taiwanese, rather than to help the user learn to speak Taiwanese. The application does include the option to play all phrases at half the speed, but this is done not by recording natural slow speech, but by digitally slowing down the speech, which makes it sound artificial. Second, there is no written reference at all, except for the English translation. The application should include either phonetic script or Chinese characters (ideally both) on the screen. Phonetic script would allow the user to follow along with the audio. Chinese characters would allow the user to show the expression to a native Taiwanese-speaking friend to ask them to read it aloud, and would enable users who can already read Chinese to know exactly what is being said. (Most speakers of Taiwanese do not know any phonetic script for the language, but can read Chinese characters.)

Finally, according to my parents, who are from Taiwan, many of the phrases used are not Taiwanese, but possibly from another subdialect of Hokkien.


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