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Role Playing Game for Learning Mandarin Chinese

Original post made by Sanford Forte, Evergreen Park, on Jun 10, 2008

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This looks like a fun learning experience; it's the kind of thing we can expect more of as cognitive science and computation begin to deliver rich, distributed learning experiences.

from the Zon website:

"Zon is an unique interactive massively multiplayer online role playing game for learning Mandarin Chinese.

"By interacting in the Zon environment you will be exposed to Chinese language and cultural knowledge in a new and exciting way. Everything that you do in the game is another chance to learn new words, phrases and cultural info about China. Never before has learning Chinese been more fun.

"The nice part about Zon is it is all browser based. No client applications are required, so you can log in and play from school, work or home. Zon is a persistant environment, so when you log off, the world still keeps going.

"As you progress through the game, your character graduates from the tourist class, to a resident of Zon and then finally a citizen, where you can own businesses and create new content for the world."


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Posted by qq
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 10, 2008 at 11:25 pm

It's much easier to learn mandarin through a real MMORPG (10 million players) like World of Warcraft.

Ni Hao (A Gold Farmers Story)
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2.1 million viewers can't be wrong.

Sadly, in the last patch, Blizzard inflated/devalued the in-game currency compared to the US dollar (from ~$.05 USD per 1 WoW Gold to ~$.001 US per 1 WoW Gold). Wiping out the chinese gold farmer workforce in the process.

More information on virtual economies
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Gold Farming
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