Learning another language can sometimes seem a little daunting. Fortunately the Nintendo DS, with its portability and dual touch screens, makes for a great tool to learn with. That is if, of course, you've got the right software to help you out. Enter Ubisoft. With My Chinese Coach, the publisher hopes to get you off to a flying start.
The game (or software, depending on your point of view) contains thousands of words and phrases, with voice recording to help with pronunciation. It also features the appropriate writing scripts for you to start learning – plenty of lingo-flavoured meat for a beginner to sink their teeth into.
The 'game' is structured as 100 lessons. Each contains a series of grammar points, complete with a series of words to learn. To keep things fun, the lessons are broken up by mini-games that reinforce the lessons you've learned. One of the great strengths of the game is the inclusion of lessons and mini-games relating to the drawing of Chinese characters. After all, it's not much use knowing how to speak a country's language if you can't get to grips with the road signs as you wander around, is it?