Let’s face it people: Those 4 (actually 5) tones in Mandarin Chinese don’t really play by their own rules. Sure, if Chinese people are saying one word by itself, and if they’re saying it really slowly, then the tone will probably sound like the textbook says it should. But most of the time they’re not […]
Does anyone know of a plugin I can slap in my FireFox that will let me hover my mouse over a hanzi character and it’ll show me the pinyin for it? [Update: Please see the update to this article.]
Brought to you by the National Foreign Language Center of the University of Maryland, a new 35 lesson packet designed to supplement Chinese reading classes has just been released for free online. Even if your not into learning hanzi characters, some of these lessons (not the “Playful Song” one) are good listening practice. Read Chinese […]
Jens Farley has whipped up a dictionary for MS Word that includes the syllables with and without tones. You can download and install it by following the same steps listed at my previous post.
I had a Microsoft Word document with a lot of pinyin in it and I got a weird error message that said, “There are too many spelling or grammatical errors in (document name)” and then the little red squiggly lines that show me misspelled words went away. The problem was, apparently, Word has a “magic […]
See also MDBG Online Dictionary – Tutorial Having looked at most of the major online Chinese-English dictionaries, there is absolutely no contest as to which is the best for laowai trying to learn Chinese. There are two ways to get to the MDBG Chinese-English dictionary: www.xuezhongwen.net (easier to remember) www.mdbg.net While it might be confusing […]
See also MDBG Online Dictionary – My review There are two main ways to use the dictionary: Basic Word Dictionary Advanced Word Dictionary I always start with the Basic Word Dictionary (even though sometimes I end up using some Advanced Word Dictionary tools). Basic Word Dictionary You can input English, pinyin, hanzi or combinations into […]
Copy and Paste The easiest way I’ve found to do it (in small doses) is to copy and paste. I personally have a Word document call “pinyin tones” and that’s all that’s in it. Download it here if you want it too: Type Pinyin Otherwise, if you have to do a whole lot of typing […]