Showing posts with label Chinese. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chinese. Show all posts

Friday, April 30, 2010

Step Into Chinese - Free Software

Step Into Chinese, a free program produced by Asymptopia Software, is designed to help students learn Chinese. Step Into Chinese provides translation of common phrases into Chinese characters. Flashcards and color coded text and images are two useful features for helping students learn Chinese. Step Into Chinese can be used by students just beginning to learn the written language of Chinese or be used by advanced learners. Step Into Chinese has tools for learning just one word or character at a time and tools for learning long phrases.

One of the really nice features of the flashcard mode on Step Into Chinese is the option of "locking into" a word or phrase. The "lock in" mode replays the Chinese and English translations of a common word or phrase for as long as you like. Using the "lock in" feature is a nice option to have if you're struggling with a particular word or phrase.

Below is a screen shot from the Step Into Chinese software tutorial.











Step Into Chinese is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.

Friday, October 24, 2008

My First Chinese Lessons

In preparation for my trip to China in February, I am starting to teach myself Chinese. The two resources that I am using are Chinese Lessons with Serge Melnyk and the BBC Chinese language lessons. The lesson with Serge have accompanying transcripts that I found useful during my first lesson. The BBC program is designed for people like me, traveling on relatively short notice and need to learn survival phrases.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Bab.La - Learn a Language Through Sports

Bab.La takes an interesting approach to learning a language. BabLa features a translation dictionary for seven languages including Chinese. The difference between Babla and many other language learning websites is in the categorization of terms. Babla features a large selection of words and phrases used in sports. Babla also offers more traditional translations. Babla is a new website so the selection of terms and categories of terms is not as extensive as other services, but it invites user generated content to expand the website.

Applications for Education
Babla's sports related words and phrases may be a tool for engaging reluctant students in the study of foreign language. The translation of Olympic terms to Chinese would be a nice complement to the study of Chinese culture or the Olympics in general.
The quizzes on Babla provide visual clues to students as they practice translations and vocabulary.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: Learn Chinese

One of the biggest challenges for English speakers trying to learn Chinese is the stark contrast between English letters and Chinese characters. Step Into Chinese, a free program produced by Asymptopia Software, is designed to help students learn Chinese. Step Into Chinese provides translation of common phrases into Chinese characters. Flashcards and color coded text and images are two useful features for helping students learn Chinese. Step Into Chinese can be used by students just beginning to learn the written language of Chinese or be used by advanced learners. Step Into Chinese has tools for learning just one word or character at a time and tools for learning long phrases.

One of the really nice features of the flashcard mode on Step Into Chinese is the option of "locking into" a word or phrase. The "lock in" mode replays the Chinese and English translations of a common word or phrase for as long as you like. Using the "lock in" feature is a nice option to have if you're struggling with a particular word or phrase.

Below is a screen shot from the Step Into Chinese software tutorial.



















Step Into Chinese is available for download for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.