A list of my favourite Chinese learning tools that I’ve distilled over several years of learning Mandarin Chinese. Includes software, dictionaries etc.
A simple PHP script that takes a random line from a tab-separated vocab file and sends it as a ‘word of the day’ email. It’s ideal for running with cron on a webserver.
More updates to Vocabify, a script which uses notification bubbles to show you vocabulary flashcards as you get on with other things. Now on version 0.2.3
The little vocabulary notify script I posted two weeks ago has been improved, and is now called Vocabify. The project is hosted on Google Code under GPL V3.
A little Python script coded by Marc Jones. It uses your vocab list to give you little pop-up flashcards whilst you get on with other things. Suggestions welcome.
A quick tip: if you use GNOME Panel in Linux, install Timer Applet to create focus, motivated study sessions and manage your time more effectively.
Zhtoolkit has produced another cool tool for Mandarin learners, which estimates your total vocabulary. Data from tests will also be used in a research project which should also be interesting for students.
I’ve just tried the Polyglot plugin for Chrome (there’s also a Firefox equivalent) with Mandarin Chinese. The idea behind the plugin is to provide a bit of daily reading and vocabulary practice in your target language by randomly replacing a few words on web pages with translations.
Skype offers a fantastic opportunity for learning languages online. You can have free, live conversations with native speakers, and even use video for a more complete immersion experience. Learning languages with Skype is very effective.
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