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Vocabulary list and Anki deck for 浮生六記三


Using a combination of zhtoolkit wordlist, Google translate, Open Office Calc and gedit, I’ve made a vocabulary list for the third section of ‘Six Records of a Floating Life’.

The list contains traditional Chinese, pinyin with tone-marks and English definitions, and has 1068 items. You can download it as a plain CSV file or as a ready-made Anki deck, or study it on Skritter:

(To use the Anki deck, start Anki, go to File, Open and select the deck. You’ll need Anki 1.2.8 or higher to use the deck.)

Some things to note about the list and deck:

  • It was auto-generated with the software listed above, and hasn’t been checked for errors, so may contain computer-produced nonsense.
  • It was made using a modern Mandarin vocabulary list, not a literary Chinese one. So there are probably a few binomes in there that didn’t exist when Shen Fu was writing the text (I spotted 人大 National People’s Congress”), for example, and there will be more).
  • Common words and characters have been removed. I tried to guess the rough level of most people studying this text, and took out the items they probably already know. This is just an estimation though, so there’ll probably be things you already know, and some things you don’t know will probably be missing.
  • It’s arranged in reverse order of frequency. I.e., the least common items come first. This is to make it an effective cramming tool, as you’ll immediately start on stuff you don’t know and not waste time going through easy stuff.

Anyway, this ought to save you some time if you’re studying this text for an exam. Please comment below if you have any feedback.