Shona App is a simple and easy to use mobile application that covers Tsumo (Proverbs), Madimikira (Allegories) and Nyaudzosingwi (Ideophones) as the main features. According to the app page on Google Play there are over 1200 tsumos you can look up, we did not count these to check.
Other features of the app include:
– Quiz for Grade 7 or Form 4 questions that cover the respective syllabi
– Names of animals and their English equivalent
– An exams calendar for several subjects including Shona,
– Exam tips and instructions for the different Shona exam papers
– It can be used offline, you only need to go online for updates
– Lifetime updates
It’s simple to install and use. Activation and price is reasonable considering its lifetime updates.
Navigation can get tedious with continual scrolling. The quiz always starts with the same questions which makes it monotonous.
The Bottom Line
Shona App is a useful tool for parents who want to help their children with the Shona homework in the areas that are covered. It is also a good reference for students who need to spice up their essays and poems with that good Tsumo or Dimikira. It does well to complement those already studying Shona.
Shona App was light and easy to install, installation took a minute. The application gets straight to business and upon finishing installation we were already going through it.
For the main part using it is straightforward and clear. Where we had issues was when we needed to switch between Tsumo, Madimikira and Nyaudzosingwi while clicking on the section title bar collapses the section if you are in the middle of a list you then have to keep scrolling down or up to the section you require. We found that we could also search through but this was most effective when we had an idea of what we were looking for.
We used the application both in trial mode and fully featured. Trial mode does have restrictions but it gives you enough to appreciate the application.
One of the things that was not instantly obvious was doing a quiz. It’s not on the main menu. We found it to be the second question mark at the bottom of the screen. This was a bit confusing as the icon is the same as the one at the top which takes you to the About section of the application.
The application costs $1 and there are three ways to activate, via Ecocash, Telecash or by sending the developer payment on Ecocash. We sent the developer payment and we got our activation code sent to us.
While using the application there were times we wanted to send the developer messages on stuff we could not find or suggest features. Having a way to do this in the application would help.
All in all our experience was pleasant. It will be interesting to see if it becomes a fully-fledged eLearning application with future updates.
The application was released in May 2016 and we previewed version 1.2.0.