About this project
Hurrah, we're funded! We're incredibly grateful to all our backers for helping us go so far! Thank you everyone! We're extremely happy to be bringing you soon Ninchanese, where you'll enjoy learning Chinese!
Missed the Kickstarter? Head to Ninchanese.com to get access to the app!
Ninchanese is a gamified Chinese learning web app where you’ll have fun learning Chinese.
You will learn characters, how to build sentences and how to speak the wonderful tonal language that is Mandarin Chinese. When you are ready, you’ll be able to play friendly battles over your Chinese knowledge with your friends in the Ninchallenges.
Woot! We've reached our funding goal! We are so grateful to all of you!
We have plenty more cool ideas and features we'd love to add to Ninchanese to make it an even better Chinese learning web application. Let's unlock Stretch Goals!
To kickstart stretch goals, we've introduced a social stretch goal!
The social stretch goal has been unlocked! Great job! We'll be adding a character comparison mini-game to Ninchanese!
You've unlocked the stretch goal: Traditional Chinese!
Choose to learn Chinese on Ninchanese in either Simplified Chinese, which is used in Mainland China (currently offered) and Traditional Chinese, used in Taiwan, Hong King and Macau, with this stretch goal!
Now introducing Add-ons! Create your dream Nincha Toolkit and enjoy purrfectly learning Chinese on Ninchanese with these add-ons!
Last hours Add-on!
Choose the one you want: The Nincha Mug or Baimei mug, yocha mug or Lupishu mug so you can have your cute coffee or tea moment.
- A Nincha Plush Toy: cuddle this cute Nincha Plush while you're studying for maximum retention!
- The Ninchallenge Card Game: Get the pdf version of the Ninchallenges, the multiplayer way to play in Chinese with your friends! Simply print, (cut) and play right ahead! Perfect to take on vacation with you and to challenge your friends on the beach.
- Yocha's ebook of Chinese logic: Get a pdf edition of Yocha's top 20 Mandarin Chinese grammar secrets. These lessons were all handcrafted by the Nincha Team. They are both easy to understand and extremely clear because Yocha tasked us with writing explanations that would help you understand how Chinese works.
- Another 1 year plan to Ninchanese: so you can gift one to a friend and have fun learning Chinese with her or him!
Ninchanese was created by Sarah Aberman and Jean-Rémi Laisne. We're two geeks on a mission: to create a web application that is effective, motivating, engaging and specially designed to learn Mandarin Chinese. In short, all the things our attention-deficient brains crave nowadays.
We and our users believe Ninchanese has great potential and there's a lot more we want to add to the web app.
This is where you come in. We put together this Kickstarter campaign because we can’t do it without you.
So if you like the idea of turning learning Chinese into a fun experience, please help us make Ninchanese happen.
Seriously, we think you'll love it as much as we do.
Sarah & Jean-Rémi
We envision the story as a tale of coming of age, full of Chinese culture and legends, that rewards curiosity, thirst of knowledge, the desire to learn and to have fun.
Content for beginner to advanced levels
Ninchanese will be composed of six worlds, which will offer content ranging from beginners to advanced learners.
You'll be able to learn over:
- 6000+ Chinese words
- 1800+ Chinese sentences
- 200+ useful dialogues.
As you learn, the content is gradually introduced so you never encounter sentences with more than one unfamiliar word at a time.
All the content in Ninchanese has been produced by our Nincha Team. We're making sure we create meaningful content that is authentic, modern and relevant for each level.
Level up and find the dragon in you
On this journey, you are Lupishu, the baby dragon. To advance in the story, you'll need to learn Chinese, as Ninchana is a world full of cats that speak only Mandarin Chinese.
As your Chinese progresses, you'll level up and proudly evolve from a baby dragon to a majestic dragon. Just like in a game.
Learn Chinese with the Ninchas
Our team of Ninchas will teach you the key aspects of Chinese using our special Ninchanese learning method, which mixes game mechanics, stimulating content and active learning techniques.
The Ninchanese learning method was built based on our experience as Chinese learners, with the help of teachers and neuroscientists to optimize and boost your Chinese learning like no other.
Optimized vocabulary learning
Nincha is in charge of helping you learn vocabulary, distinguish which squiggle is what, and then making you forget you initially thought it was a squiggle. Pow! You've discovered Chinese characters!
Vocabulary learning is powered by our Nincha Machine, which adapts to what you know and don't know. It's also based on the SRS (Spaced Repetition System) so you review words as you're just about to forget them and learn new vocabulary effectively.
Actively understand word order in Chinese
Word order in Chinese can be confusing at first. Don't worry, Yocha, the main cat in charge of that is just as twisted around; so once you understand him, Chinese word order will seem easy to master. Yocha loves having you experiment with sentence building, play with words and sentences until their order in Mandarin Chinese makes sense. He feels that learning by doing is the only way you're going to actually remember anything.
Learn to really speak Chinese
To non-Chinese speakers, Chinese can sound really foreign at first. Baimei is here to help! Assisted by our precise voice recognition feature, she will help you really learn to speak Chinese.
Trust our experience, after many years taking Chinese classes, nothing's worse than arriving in China and realizing no one understands what you're saying. So we're here to change that.
Baimei will show you how to speak perfectly in Mandarin Chinese by telling you what you said correctly and what you mispronounced. She'll even tell you which tone you pronounced correctly and which ones you missed so you can improve your tones. That way, your pronunciation will be pitch purrfect - a must for a tonal language like Chinese - and all the top cats in China will get to know you.
We plan on adding fun listening and comprehension stages to Ninchanese.
Practice your comprehension skills in Chinese
Listening and learning to understand native Chinese speakers is a big part of being able to speak Chinese.
In these listening stages you will actively practice listening to words in Chinese until Chinese sounds and tones sound perfectly normal to you. These stages will also teach you how to write what you hear in Chinese, which help you match writing and sounds.
Know how to pronounce each word
Learning to pronounce each word, before you move on to sentences, is essential, especially at a beginner level in a tonal language like Mandarin Chinese.
The individual word pronunciation stages will fine-tune your Chinese pronunciation so you know how to say each word in Chinese, with the right tones before you move on to sentences and dialogues.
Learning Chinese is fun with friends involved, Ninchanese comes with a multiplayer mode where you learn Chinese with your friends: the Ninchallenges.
You play against friends or other Nincha learners. These friendly duels are a great way to discover new words and to review words you're learning.
Bosses: the Legendary Masters of Ninchana
The bosses will allow you to test your Chinese level and let you skip ahead to your current level. See if you can defeat them and move on. Easy.
Bonuses, missions and quests
He has a bunch of missions and quests he expects you to achieve and unlock to prove you're worthy... and because he likes having someone do things for him. Yup, old Master Yocha is sneaky like that. Prepare to discover great secret about Ninchana.
A chat system has been an extremely popular request from our users, especially in the Ninchallenges. Let's bring them what they want!
That's not all! There will be new elements to unlock, time attacks, achievements, leaderboards to top and more to discover, to keep you motivated and well on track in your Chinese learning journey.
Ninchanese is a passion project for us. We're a small 3-person team, proud of what we've self-funded and achieved so far with Ninchanese.
We believe Ninchanese has great potential as a Chinese learning tool for Chinese learners. We would love to give everyone a chance to speak Chinese.
This is what led us to Kickstarter. We need you to help us continue what we've started and take it even further. Help us make Ninchanese happen!
So, if a world full of cats helping you learn Chinese and where you can play with your friends sound like something you'd like, back us on Kickstarter!
Ninchanese is in beta. So far our users love learning Mandarin Chinese on Ninchanese. Here's what some of them are saying:
And that's awesome! We have some serious addicts here. Including ourselves. Our beta testers have been asking for more and nothing would make us happier than to continue developing Ninchanese.
Your support means a lot to us. A tremendous lot! We'll be eternally grateful to you and we will each dedicate one of our 9 cat lives to you. In addition to that, we've put together some purrific rewards for you. Time to tell you about them! Here's what you'll get when you support us:
New PACK: Lifetime access!
The core parts of Ninchanese have been designed and developed and are now playable. We work on improving them every day: the Chinese learners who are trying out the beta version are relentless. :)
With a successful Kickstarter campaign, the plan is to have the six worlds in beta and their matching bosses ready first.
Once you have access to the 6 worlds, full of bonuses and Masters to defeat, our goals is to create final art and content, polish the core functionalities and prototype, test and implement all the new features. Hurray!
Our initial 15,000€ goal will allow us to develop Ninchanese and help it evolve from its current beta version to a complete and smooth Chinese learning experience with content for all levels, based on the current features and a few new ones.
Your support will go directly towards the development of those features. By backing us, you'll help us get you the full web app sooner and take it even further.
Development - Time will first be dedicated to fine-tuning and improving the current features, and then centered on developing new features.
Content - Proofreading, checking the current content and creating more entertaining content will also be needed. Many more adventures await Nincha and Lupishu! This is a passion project for us, but other friends and professionals need to be compensated for their tremendous teaching and writing skills.
Designing - Testing, Refining, and Polishing - Beta testing, integrating feedback from the Community, and using everything that we have to produce a Chinese learning web app we've been dreaming of for years.
Kickstarter & Co - 5 to 10% goes to Kickstarter and their partners for their fees.
Your rewards - Manufacturing, packaging, shipping your rewards will of course be part of our costs. If we reach our goal, you guys deserve the best rewards possible!
The idea for Ninchanese came from Jean-Rémi Laisne and Sarah Aberman, from our experience as Chinese learners. Mathieu Virbel quickly started working on the project too, and has now fully jumped onboard.
We're a small dedicated team and we've been happily working full-time on the project for the past three years. This is us:
And this is a slightly less furry picture of us.
We've also had some wonderful people contribute to the project and help us over the past three years we've been working on the project. We're extremely grateful to them as we would not be where we are without them.
- Many thanks to everyone else who's helped Ninchanese become what it is today!
For more information about Ninchanese and to join the beta: http://ninchanese.com
We <3 you!
Risks and challenges
Making Ninchanese happen
Since we came up with the idea for Ninchanese, we’ve worked on all aspects of creating a Chinese learning application: writing the story and the content, designing the app, crafting the learning experience, creating the characters, developing the core features of the app,… It's showed us that being a small team means being extremely versatile and that it's important to know when to reach out to work with experts in certain fields. We haven't been afraid to do so, which has enabled us to work with wonderful contributors to bring you great content, music, videos, an awesome learning approach and the game design.
With plenty of support
We're lucky enough to be located in a great place called the Plaine Images, a digital media cluster in the North of France where cool dudes and dudettes make video games, edtech solutions, digital media and designs. Being in this unique environment has been very informative and it’s good to know there are like-minded people we can chat with when in need.
We also have our beta users: the Nincha learners. Their feedback has been invaluable to us since Ninchanese is in beta. Their input helps us decide what to build, improve or modify next. Quite a few of our funding objectives and stretch goals actually stem from them.
We've been dreaming of making awesome Nincha (the cat) & Lupishu (the dragon) goodies for a while and are really looking forward to having a bunch of these goodies made! We're excited to be doing them, but they are not something we've done before. So we've teamed up with the best to ensure these goodies are purrfect. It might take a bit more time to ensure you get a top-notch quality product at the end but we want you have the best.
Now that you know all about them, why don't you scroll back up and go take a look at these delightful goodies?
It means the world to us. We <3 you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Ninchanese is a web-based application. It works on any browser with an Internet connection. We recommend using Chrome to take advantage of our voice recognition system. Ninchanese is designed to work well on computers, tablets, and mobile devices so you can take it with you everywhere. Native iOS and Android apps are in the plans too, in fact it's one of our stretch goals!
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