Project Title SOTINS - Interactive Software for Learning Mandarin
Project Category Innovation
Abstract Mandarin is a very difficult language to master, even among the Chinese community. This is mainly due to the fact that Mandarin is a tonal language, which means that miscommunication can easily happen if the unwary learner pronounces the word correctly right but gets tone wrong. In order to address this conundrum, SOTINS focuses on two main aspects: tone and sound. The syntax is different from that of English or Bahasa Malaysia and even with the help of “pinyin” it is still hard to communicate the exact pronunciation of the tones. Most NNS cannot get the tones right because their ears are simply not trained to pick up the subtle nuances in the various tones. Failure to get the tone correct can result in graves miscommunication. With this in mind, SOTINS Interactive software has been innovatively designed to help learners to pronounce correctly and get their tones right at the same time. This interactive software will help the aspiring learner to pick up the nuances and subtleties in the pronunciation of Mandarin words through drills and practices specially designed with the complexities of the Mandarin language in mind. Its innovativeness lies in the software’s provision for interactive feedback and extensive exercises, taking into consideration the fact that no matter how difficult mastery of a foreign language is, with the right amount of practice balanced with intricate guidance, the learner will eventually be able to speak the language correctly.
Validation Status Validated
Validation Date 2018-03-08


Staff Status
Lenny Yusrina bt. Bujang Khedif Member
Sueb Ibrahim, Dr Leader
Sulastri binti Putit Member
Cindy Richard Thing Member
Ng Kui Choo Member


Event Name Event Date Event Level Achievement Event Venue
SIIDEX 2018 2018-03-02 State Silver Penview Convention Centre (PCC) Demak