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iStudy Chinese

  1. 1. iStudy Chinese A look at how you can use your iPod Touch or iPhone to help you learn Chinese Cameron Kerr
  2. 2. Demos Enabling Chinese Input Input Chinese Flashcards using iFlipr Dianhua dictionary and study system
  3. 3. Got Chinese? Settings
  4. 4. Got Chinese? Settings General
  5. 5. Got Chinese? Settings General Keyboard
  6. 6. Got Chinese? Settings General Keyboard International Keyboards
  7. 7. Got Chinese? Settings General Keyboard International Keyboards Chinese (Simplified)
  8. 8. Got Chinese? Settings General Keyboard International Keyboards Chinese (Simplified) Turn on Handwriting and Pinyin inputs
  9. 9. Input Chinese Globe icon cycles input method • English • Chinese handwriting • Chinese pinyin
  10. 10. Input Chinese Globe icon cycles input method • English • Chinese handwriting • Chinese pinyin
  11. 11. Input Chinese Globe icon cycles input method • English • Chinese handwriting • Chinese pinyin
  12. 12. Input Chinese Globe icon cycles input method • English • Chinese handwriting • Chinese pinyin ‣ with completion
  13. 13. iFlipr $5.29 NZD from AppStore • huge on-line collection of community contributed decks • Portable! ‣ make most use of your downtime
  14. 14. iFlipr Search from a huge on- line collection of community-contributed decks Make your own on the iFlipr website or on your iPod and sync over WiFi
  15. 15. iFlipr Once you’ve found the decks you like, add them to your favourites and use them offline • No internet connection required to practice!
  16. 16. iFlipr Front to back
  17. 17. iFlipr Front to back Back to front
  18. 18. iFlipr Flashcards or multichoice Linear (self-test) or “Leitner” (learning) ordering Scale font sizes Limited font choice Verdana Hei
  19. 19. iFlipr You can create your own decks
  20. 20. iFlipr You can create your own decks with Chinese and English Though you can’t recombine characters, pinyin and English
  21. 21. iFlipr You can include photos and sound in your flashcards
  22. 22. iFlipr You can even include some pinyin marks, although third tone isn’t supported, as it’s not used in real languages Remember, pinyin isn’t a language, but a phonetic notation system Create on the website
  23. 23. DianHua Free dictionary, based on community edited CEDICT dictionary Also available: • Audio module for pronunciation • Number practice
  24. 24. DianHua English pin yin pin1
yin1 You
choose
  25. 25. DianHua English pin yin pin1
yin1 Even
handwriting! (stroke
order
matters)
  26. 26. DianHua Easily readable search results
  27. 27. DianHua Commonly you will have many possible meanings to choose from, or many possible things to say • A better dictionary would have usage guides, etc.
  28. 28. DianHua Pronunciation linked to DianHua Audio module
  29. 29. DianHua Search history ends up being very useful when trying to use Chinese in the real world without a guide
  30. 30. DianHua Not just a dictionary Includes comprehensive study kit, for free • Bookmark words
  31. 31. DianHua Not just a dictionary Includes comprehensive study kit, for free • Bookmark words • Flashcards
  32. 32. DianHua Not just a dictionary Includes comprehensive study kit, for free • Bookmark words • Flashcards ‣ make use of your bookmark folders
  33. 33. DianHua Not just a dictionary Includes comprehensive study kit, for free • Bookmark words • Flashcards ‣ Right, Wrong or just Don’t know
  34. 34. DianHua Not just a dictionary Includes comprehensive study kit, for free • Bookmark words • Flashcards ‣ Right, Wrong or just Don’t know ‣ Recombine Chinese, Pinyin and English
  35. 35. DianHua You can even lookup and pronounce numbers Seperately available is a program for learning numbers
  36. 36. DianHua New feature: writing / typing test • Test writing
  37. 37. DianHua New feature: writing / typing test • Test writing • Test pinyin Immature, needs more user feedback
  38. 38. Costs a little Free Make your own cards Form words only from dictionary Multimedia cards Audio module Good user feedback Text only cards Huge community collection of decks More features
  39. 39. It’s portable! 30 minutes walking to work 30 minutes walking back Public transport Waiting for coffee Waiting for friends Between lectures Between TV ads plus it can carry your audio files! You don’t need an iPod or smart- phone to all this this, but it can be a useful companion to learning. Smaller than real cards too.

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