I'm presently enrolled in a Mandarin Chinese intensive at Taipei's
So I study from a textbook, listen and speak during three hours a day
of classes, and sometimes behoove myself to speak to folks in Chinese
outside of class.
But I also read! I find books that look interesting and slowly pick my
way through them, using an electronic dictionary, shown here:
I recently got an inspiration to make a "flashcard" system for
drilling in Chinese, to assist myself in learning to read a little
Have a look at my first "completed" production; well, the first draft,
It's a set of word/idiom flashcards to aid a reader in getting thru a
wonderful (if a bit romantically jaded) childrens' book called "The Creepy
Here's how to use it:
- First, actually, you have to have the book! However, you may find
the interface interesting, and I invite you to tool around it and
write back with ideas.
- OK. I recommend expanding the text size a couple of notches. The
bigger, the better, as long as it's not too big! You'll get the
idea pretty quickly how big is big enough.
- You can select a page/chapter/section by clicking on one of the
links at the top. Since this is your first time in, click on "Cover";
the first, beginning, flashcard.
- You can reveal the Pinyin, Zhuyin, and English references on this
word by "rolling" your mouse "over" the corresponding Chinese indicator
words along the left hand side of the card.
- You can also navigate. Click on the down-arrow to step to
the next word/idiom, the up-arrow to step backward (in case you
wish to review), and click on the dot to return to the index at
the top of the page.
Again, all this will only make proper sense if you have the
book. Nonetheless, it showcases an interesting use of the web to
create an instructional environment.