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Introducing HanziCraft

By Confused Laowai | Date: January 11th, 2013 | Category: Learning Tools

Today, I introduce HanziCraft. It’s a project that I’ve been working on for some time now. It started with my thesis, where I needed to easily decompose Chinese characters for my research. I then found data and wrote a little decomposition tool for myself. This was called HanziJS. However, as time went on I realized I wanted more than just decomposition data. Why not create a site that pushes the value of Chinese character dictionaries […]

HanziJS gets updated. Now with more decomposition data!

By Confused Laowai | Date: October 1st, 2012 | Category: Learning Tools

HanziJS is a tool that I created earlier this year to help me find the components (radicals) of Chinese characters. It was rudimentary at best, but I’ve finally taken time off to update it a bit more. It is part open-source project, part tool. A picture below showing how decomposition looks like now. So what’s new? – It now decomposes the character a lot further. There has been a LOT of background changes in terms […]

9 Essential Digital Tools for Chinese Learners

By Confused Laowai | Date: September 27th, 2012 | Category: Learning Tools

Back when I was undergraduate student, I was still clueless to all the amazing products available to help complement my Chinese studies. I experienced this again, when I did an experiment with the first year learners of Chinese at my University. Many had questions for me and I realized, that I was that same guy. Now, with a few more years of discovering the best content, here are essential digital tools for Chinese learners. These […]

FluentFlix first impressions plus beta invites!

By Confused Laowai | Date: July 29th, 2012 | Category: Learning Tools

I recently got access to FluentFlix, an up-and-coming website that will help teach Chinese through the use of authentic video content. You might have read some of the awesome articles on their blog┬ábefore. First Impressions Upon signing up to FluentFlix you get the ability to filter the video through interests and Chinese ability. Immediately it provides you with comfortable and relatable content which is a good start. They have quite a lot videos there already! […]

Introducing Chinese 3D

By Confused Laowai | Date: July 24th, 2012 | Category: Learning Tools

I feel like I’m seriously missing out by having no iOS device. I can’t play with Skritter and I can’t check out this new app for the iPad 2/3, Chinese 3D. It looks amazing. Check the video and screenshots: – Based on the Spaced Repetition learning method, one of the psychologically best established and efficient memorization techniques. – Learn the meaning and pronunciation of the 1200 words from HSK levels 1 to 4. The HSK […]

Duolingo Launches

By Confused Laowai | Date: June 19th, 2012 | Category: Learning Tools

Ever since I heard about Duolingo, I was hooked. Their catchphrase is “Learn a language for free, and simultaneously translate the Web”. Nifty I thought. Why not crowdsource micro translations and learn the language as well? That’s exactly what Duolingo has done. I got an invite to test the website two weeks back. I’m impressed thus far. As you can see, I’m learning Spanish. They only have Spanish, German and French at the moment. What […]

Skritter for iPhone launches

By Confused Laowai | Date: June 12th, 2012 | Category: Learning Tools
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The Chinese language learning community is abuzz with the launch of Skritter’s mobile iPhone version. It launched earlier today on the app store. I’ve been a fan of Skritter and this mobile version is a brilliant move for the team. Touchscreens + Skritter is a match made in heaven. I do not own a iPhone, but my word does this app make me want one really badly. Could it be the killer app for Chinese […]

If you want an SRS program, Skritter is the way to go

By Confused Laowai | Date: March 2nd, 2011 | Category: Learning Tools

I knew about Skritter for some time now, but never really got around to actually checking it out. After Sara’s recommendation I couldn’t resist anymore and signed up for the trial. Another factor was that the lab that I’m working in now had a Wacom Bamboo tablet lying around. I installed it and never looked back. I’ve used Anki before as a way to learn some extra vocabulary while I study. Now that I don’t […]

Free Chinese Dictionary for Symbian Phones

By Confused Laowai | Date: February 8th, 2010 | Category: Learning Tools

I use a Nokia E51 which uses the S60 operating system. I’ve been looking all over the web for great dictionary tools so I can carry a pocket sized one with me. I often see something and wonder how does one say this in Chinese? I could write it down, but I wan’t to know it at that moment. I thus wanted a simple application for my phone. After quite some searching I found this, […]