I got WeChat to contact with some internationals from China or Malaysia. Since Eau Claire has a huge population of students from those two countries, and my Chinese friends don't use Facebook as much as American students and international students from other countries, most Chinese or Chinese Malaysian have this app. It's more convenient than other apps when I want to contact with friends from those two countries. Also, it has a very interesting system which allows us to send a voice text. It's even easier to send it than to type words and send a message. I just need to hold the button and speak, and when you are done with speaking words, you can just release the button. Then, you're all set! Also, it's like Facebook, so we can share daily pictures and thoughts as well. It's a messenger-based social networking app!
Soyoung - (from South Korea) - Wisconsin, United States - Spring 2014
One of the apps I used the most while studying abroad in China was "WeChat". The reason behind it is that almost everyone in China uses this app for communicating with each other. This app is very similar to WhatsApp and Vibe with the addition of a feature called Moments that is similar to the Facebook timeline. I would definitely recommend the use of this app for anyone who plans on studying abroad in China, being the perfect tool for keeping in touch with friends.
Jorge - China - Fall 2013
The Pleco app was my life saver when I was traveling. Even my Chinese friends were using it! On the very basic (aka free) level, it's a very thorough Chinese dictionary. You can type in English words and have them translated to Chinese, or vice versa. For translating from Chinese to English, there is a handwriting option, which is really nice for translating menus or signs. You draw the character to the best of your ability, and the app gives options of characters that look similar to what you drew. You simply select the correct character. It shows words and phrases that contain the characters you chose and uses the word in a sentence. It even gives the correct measure word for the nouns (if you are learning Chinese, this is a huge deal). From there, you can bookmark words that you use often or will find helpful in the future for easy access.
There are also some really nice in app add-ons, which cost extra but are definitely worth the buy. One of my favorites is the document reader, which uses your phone's camera as a scanner. It can scan a menu, letter, or homework and translate it to English. Another favorite is the flashcard add-on, which is nice for studying and learning new vocabulary.
Pleco takes a little bit to get used to and can get expensive if you purchase multiple add-ons, but I don't think that I could have made it without it. I would probably be dead. #exaggeration #dramaqueen
Candace G. - China - Summer 2013
Apps for international travel
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