Write it test on Android should allow Google pinyin keyboard Chinese character

Ross-H7 December 4, 2016, 4:05 am
I am trying to enhance Chinese read and write. Unfortunately the write it tests only accept pinyin with tones. If I use the Google pinyin input keyboard v I can quickly input the correct character, but your app will mark answer as wrong, even though I show the same character as the answer. I think you should be encouraging Chinese character answer and mark it as correct. Or allow the user to put either pinyin or character answer. Currently it is disappointing that you call it writing when you do not allow Chinese writing and only allow pinyin. Pinyin is not as useful on the streets of China.
Write it test on Android should allow Google pinyin keyboard Chinese character
marieg-rocket languages December 6, 2016, 4:51 pm
Hi Ross, 

We appreciate your suggestions as we are always working on improving the course. I have passed your comments on to our Language Development team for their consideration. 

Best
Write it test on Android should allow Google pinyin keyboard Chinese character
Rocket-Languages December 19, 2016, 2:41 am
Hi Ross,

If you are using the Rocket Languages app, you will, you will see in the testing area a total of 6 icons. The second icon (a pencil) is for Write It in Pinyin, while the 6th icon (also a pencil) is for Write It (Extra) which tests you on the Simplified Chinese instead. 

If you are using the desktop version, you can find second Write It under "Extra Testing" below the regular tests on the page. 

I hope that helps!
Write it test on Android should allow Google pinyin keyboard Chinese character
Andrew--360 January 21, 2017, 10:00 am
I felt the same as you about this until i started doing the writing extra section. By learning both methods you force yourself to learn the tones for the words. And then when doing the characters section you learn that as well. I have actually found that the character section is easier as you do not need to memorize the tone and the phone usually predicts the correct character. 

I have found that I can type plenty of correct Chinese words by just sounding out the pinyin and then recognizing the correct character from my phone's suggestion. But with a pen and paper I'd probably struggle to write more that 10 characters. I think i may start using google pinyin's handwriting input instead to burn the characters into my head better.
Write it test on Android should allow Google pinyin keyboard Chinese character
Ross-H7 January 26, 2017, 9:39 am
After using it for a while, l totally agree with Andrew 360 that writing it out without Google prediction is the real test that proves you know it. My only real complaint is that it is so fiddly to put in the accented characters because of the altshift key to swap keyboards. Surely rocket Chinese can come up with a virtual keyboard that puts both standard and accented characters on one larger visible keyboard. Then the Chinese pinyin test would be way less tedious and perhaps fun.
Write it test on Android should allow Google pinyin keyboard Chinese character

Ask a question or a post a response

If you want to ask a question or post a response you need to be a member.

  • If you are already a member login here.

  • If you are not a member you can become one by taking the free Rocket Chinese trial here.

Over 1,200,000 people love Rocket Languages

Here's what Rocket Languages members have to say:

Andrei Freeman - Pennsylvania, USA

Andrei
Freeman

Pennsylvania, USA

Rudi Kopp - USA

Rudi
Kopp

USA

Carmen Franceschino - Pennsylvania, USA

Carmen
Franceschino

Pennsylvania, USA

Kelly Scali - Chicago, USA

Kelly
Scali

Chicago, USA

Mark Waddel - Auckland, NZ

Mark
Waddell

Auckland, NZ

William McGill - Florida, USA

William
McGill

Florida, USA

Probably the best language tool I've come across. Actually love it more than Rosetta Stone and Duolingo

Try our award-winning online Chinese course for FREE 受賞歴ありの英語学習ソフトウェアを無料でお試しください Pruebe nuestro galardonado software del idioma inglés GRATIS

(And see how easy it actually is to learn Chinese... even if you've tried and failed before) (そして英語学習がどれだけ簡単か、肌で感じてみてください…今までに失敗したことのある人でもそれが分かるでしょう) (Y vea qué tan fácil es en realidad aprender inglés… aún si lo ha intentado y fallado antes)