Xi Zong


An app design concept to learn Chinese writing for multi-touch mobile & tablet devices

Mandarin can be divided into spoken Chinese and written Chinese. Many people who are taking Mandarin courses were first attracted to the Chinese language because of the writing system, which is considered one of the most complex in the world.

Chinese writing is considered difficult because of the enormous number of characters one has to learn. Mandarin is difficult in comparison to Spanish, Greek, Russian, Hindi, or any other language that requires at most a few dozen symbols to write in the language.

This Chinese writing learning application concept introduces a new way of learning traditional Chinese by visualizing the structure and the meaning of each character and using an associative mnemonic approach to help people learn Chinese characters.

Overall, the Chinese learning application is a professional and easy-to-use application for non-Chinese readers to obtain a deeper understanding of Mandarin.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Chinese characters--Study and teaching--Interactive multimedia--Design; Mobile apps--Development; Application software--Development

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Degree Name

Visual Communication Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CIAS)


Nancy Ciolek

Advisor/Committee Member

Carol Fillip

Advisor/Committee Member

Lorrie Frear


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at PL1171 .Z66 2016


RIT – Main Campus

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