Articles Tagged with ‘Tools’


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    My favourite Chinese learning tools

    A list of my favourite Chinese learning tools that I’ve distilled over several years of learning Mandarin Chinese. Includes software, dictionaries etc.

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    Word of the day email PHP script (cron)

    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.

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    Vocabify 0.2.3

    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

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    Vocabify 0.2, now on Google Code

    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.

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    Vocabulary notify flashcards 0.1

    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.

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    GNOME Timer Applet for effective study sessions

    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.

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    Known Chinese Words Test from zhtoolkit

    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.

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    Polyglot plugin for Mandarin

    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.

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    Skype for speaking practice

    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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