Re: [londonmandarinlearners] Flashcards

From: Ayub C.
Sent on: Sunday, March 21, 2010 2:39 PM
Hi Guys,
 
Another tool to add to the mix. On a PC, Wenlin, ������ (Wen2 Lin2) is a very good program. It allows you to paste in characters from the internet (very handy), search by pinyin or English, and write characters (with no time limit like some resources). So if youre not on the move or have your laptop, its pretty much the best thing since its not fiddly at all. If you want to translate a whole article you can paste the whole text in and then just hover over characters/words to get their meaning in English/Chinese. This was a valuable resource for university translations.

I use this whilst at my desk and a paper dictionary if Im on the move (I'm old school!), and I have found it to work perfectly.
 
Another good website (not sure if youve discussed this before) is NCIKU (http://www.nciku.com/). Not just because its an excellent dictionary and allows you to write characters manually, but also because it has vocabulary lists and dialogues split by topic so its a long term resource for learning technical vocabulary.
 
On another note, sorry I havent been able to turn up to any meet ups yet!
 
Hope to see you all in the near future.
 
Ayub


From: Huasen <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Sun, 21 March,[masked]:57:20
Subject: Re: [londonmandarinlearners] Flashcards

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 :-)

Don

I found the best solution

Dave Snowdon wrote:
> Hi folks
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> 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.
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> The flash cards are "Chinese in a Flash" by Philip Yungkin Lee. Published by Tuttle Publishing.
> Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0804833613?ie=UTF8&tag=davesnow-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=0804833613 <http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0804833613?ie=UTF8&tag=davesnow-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=0804833613>
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> 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.
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> Remember the next dinner meetup is next Wednesday at Lao di fang. The service is variable but the food is excellent and comes in large portions.
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> Hope to see you on the 24th.
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> Dave
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