I used these too to learn the first 500 characters, but I found I had a
tendency to learn the character and the pinyin, but not the tone,
because you can only test yourself mentally. They're also a bit
cumbersome to carry around. And after the first 1,000 characters
(there's a vol 2) you need to start making your own.
Best solution in my view is to buy a cheap Palm computer from e-bay (I
paid ��20 or so for a reconditioned Zire 31) and purchase this software
www.pleco.com it comes with free sets of flashcards that cover all the
HSK essential characters (about 5,000 I think) , you can make your own
lists of flashcards from vocab you're studying and most importantly for
me you can test yourself on reading, writing and pronounciation.
If anyone wants my Tuttle cards vol 1 though, they're yours for the
price of a drink :-)
I found the best solution
Dave Snowdon wrote:
> Hi folks
> At the last meetup a couple of people asked me about the flashcards I
> was using. I'm posting the details here in case it's of some use.
> The flash cards are "Chinese in a Flash" by Philip Yungkin Lee.
> Published by Tuttle Publishing.
> The set I had in the pub was only a quarter of the cards in the pack.
> There are 448 cards in total containing a total of 1792 compounds as
> well as the basic words. Each card has the characters in both
> simplified and traditional forms as well as an example sentence.
> Remember the next dinner meetup is next Wednesday at Lao di fang. The
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