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a sinotibetoburman linguistics blog
2014-04-20

Shanghainese Medical Dictionary App guanxi - apps

"esotericlinguist" left a comment on the old WordPress version of this blog. It reads as follows:

Here's a new Shanghainese app for Android. It uses a modified version of Wu Association pinyin, so it's not as confusing as the one Dr. Qian came up with.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.robtheis.android.phrasebook.cs.md

The app is developed by Robert Theis and is dated January 2014. There are actually two apps. One is a military medical phrasebook and ones is a more basic phrasebook, though also militarily connected. This is the developer's description:

Military-related medical phrases for foreign language learners of Shanghainese (沪语/上海言话), the largest variety of Wu Chinese (吴语), with audio, Romanization, and Chinese script. Use this app to select an English phrase and view its translation and how to pronounce it in Shanghainese. Texts are given in Simplified Chinese script.

This app uses modified Wu Association Romanization. High tones are induced by voiceless initial consonants p(h), mh, f, t(h), nh, lh, tz, ts, s, c(h), sh, k(h), h, and ∅, and low tones are induced by voiced initial consonants b, m, v, d, n, l, z, j, zh, g, ng, hh. For more detailed explanation of the Romanization system, please visit https://www.google.com/url?q=http://esotericlinguist.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/shanghainese-romanization/

This app was originally developed as an entry to the 2010 CIO/G6 "Apps for the Army" competition, and it is based on the modules publicly available online from the U.S. Defense Language Institute. Content edited and arranged by Percy Wong; app development by Robert Theis.

Looks pretty decent, although the same developer has put out dozens of identical apps for different languages, all on the same basic cookie cutter template. There are no tones given, but the presence of a Play button makes me think there is perhaps audio. I'd be interested to know where it comes from if that's the case. I haven't personally given it a try but if I can dig up my older Android phone I'll definitely give it a shot.

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