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Popup Chinese

December 22, 2008 By: Pei Category: Pinyin Practice, website Comments Off on Popup Chinese

You’ve probably already discovered several Chinese learning websites. But do yourself a favor and be sure to check out Popup Chinese. This website is both elegantly designed and technologically savvy. The podcast recordings are high quality and engaging – the couple I listened to just now impressed me – the language is genuine and useful. The Tools — dictionary, adsotrans, and newsinchinese — are easy to use and just slick. Can you tell I am impressed?! Take a look at the clickable dictionary search functionality:

And the dictionary is user editable too. So, when you are done with you Pinyin activities, check out Popup.

FSI – A Modular Approach

August 09, 2008 By: Pei Category: Pinyin Practice 5 Comments →

The Pronunciation and Romanization recordings here were the same I had used in college and the same we used when I taught at the University of Iowa a few years ago. They aren’t fancy, but they seem to work. And together with all the audio modules from Standard Chinese, this makes for quite a nice web resource. I can’t help but wish they had it in a flash format complete with chapter markings in the audio time-code, and maybe the text displayed in searchable form, but that would take plenty of development. Simple is good too.

All Things Considered in Chengdu

May 07, 2008 By: Pei Category: Pinyin Practice 1 Comment →

I have an 80 mile commute every day and often find myself listening to NPR. Coverage on China has increased as the Olympics approach, but also as China continues to grow economically and politically. One of my favorite NPR shows will be broadcasting from Chengdu the week of May 19th-23rd. A blog is already relating the travel tales from the show hosts/producers as they make their way to China. Actually, I’m not sure who’s writing the blog. Looking forward to the stories though. Find your local NPR station for show times.

Studypond

February 08, 2008 By: Pei Category: Pinyin Practice 5 Comments →

Studypond is an interesting website. They have a good tag line: Making Mandarin Manageable. A reporter on NPR the other day mentioned that television sure likes its alliterations, and I suspect the web does as well (this site is no exception). I like the idea of language partners and tutors. Doesn’t look like there are too many tutors on the site just yet. Perhaps in time.

Chop Widget

February 06, 2008 By: Pei Category: Pinyin Practice Comments Off on Chop Widget

Must give a shout-out to Eric O. from Primezero for all his efforts in helping me set up the Pinyin Practice Chop on the left (just below the poll). It’s available for WordPress and for iGoogle and any webpage or blog really. Just grab what you need from his download page. Or you might just opt for the chop generator and save the image from there. So many possibilities.
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