Study App of the Week – uTalk Mandarin

As 21st century students we are constantly finding new ways of using technology to enhance our lives, and also our education at Sheffield Hallam University. As well as Hallam’s very own SHUgo app, providing access to the Library Gateway, emails and Blackboard sites, there are a number of apps on the market for smartphones and tablets, which could be useful and inspiring to students of various disciplines. This series of articles provides information about our selection of these innovative apps, but please leave a comment below or contact us on Facebook if you have any favourites of your own.Mandarin Chinese characters handwritten on paper

uTalk Chinese – Mandarin (£5.49 – iPhone; £4.99 on Android)

Great for beginners, this range of apps teaches the basics of a language using intuitive exercises and games. By effectively utilising the innately interactive functions of the smartphone or tablet, this app makes the process fun and stress-free and could provide you with a good grounding of the local language before embarking on an overseas voyage.