Poor Richard's Alchemy
Scholar Chinese Lessons
Ru2zhe3 is Mandarin for scholar or Confucian.
Chu1 is the Beginners' Series.
Available Lessons: 5
Vocabulary to date: 830
Scholar Chinese is an opportunity to learn to speak, read, and write Mandarin Chinese. Each lesson has flashcard vocabulary with test and study modes and a memo that tracks your vocabulary work. Each lesson has multiple dialogs in your choice of Simplified or Traditional characters with audio which can be played back at three different speeds. There is also a glossary of all the vocabulary in the unit. So that all Android versions can flip back and forth between the lessons and the glossary, the Glossary Activity will appear as its own icon with your other apps.
The audio comes from the public domain mp3 files of the Defense Language Institute, Foreign Services Institute and other sources. You can find those on-line for free. This course is derived from my Creative Commons Coyote Chinese project, also freely available on-line, which I created from those sources. But this Scholar Chinese course presents this material reworked and enhanced in the way I wish it had been presented to me. In addition to almost all the dialogs, stories and vocabulary of the two courses, you get simplified and traditional characters, flashcards, and none of the boring stuff. And Scholar Chinese includes in-app access to the Scholar Chinese Community Wiki. I really wish someone had made these apps for me. I know you will appreciate them.
This first unit is FREE, with NO ADS NO NAGS. The remaining units of this course are published in the marketplace at a price even the humblest of scholars can afford.
Scholar Chinese is simply dedicated to John Lee Hooker, bless his bluesy heart.
Hanying Zidian Keyboard
Hanying Zidian Keyboard optimized for Chinese-English dictionary apps. The Hanying Zidian Keyboard is a tool for use with Chinese-English dictionary apps. IT IS NOT A GENERAL-PURPOSE KEYBOARD. Keyboard includes all pinyin characters, including double consonants, two very common bigrams, and the four tones. If you spend a lot of time on your Pleco or Hanping Pro like I do, you will appreciate the speed and convenience of this keyboard.
Chinese Flashcard Apps
All my flashcard apps use the same engine with different data. So you can install the free HanziJuju to see how they work. All apps have a test mode and a study mode. You can put characters, pinyin or English definitions on the answer side, then any of the others on the question side. Test scores are tracked by the answer side. Study mode links out to the Xiao Ma Mobile Dictionary. Life is short. Let's say something real before we stop breathing.
This app is dedicated to John Lee Hooker's song "Dimples."
HanziJuju has over 23000 Hanzi flashcards, the most common characters in ordinary modern usage, in modern wuxia fiction, and in classical texts. AND now it has the complete HSK levels 1-6 in both Traditional and Simplified characters. And, hey, this is the free one. No ads. Just a free app.
This app is dedicated to John Lee Hooker's song, "Cold Chills All Over Me."
HanziJuju+ extends one of the most complete Flashcard apps in Android with 7000+ more flashcards. All characters in Simplified and Traditional.
- Chengyu: 4000+ Chinese four-character idioms.
- Lishi: 2000+ Entries from Chinese history through the Qing Dynasty
- Qinqi: 1000+ Entries of family relationship terms
- Guoyu: 300+ Terms gathered from the three Mandarin Pimsleur audio courses.
Note: HanziJuju+ was formerly Chengyu Juju. I have consolidated all of my general Chinese flashcard paid apps into this one.
NOTE: Poor Richard's Alchemy is not connected in any with the Pimsleur publishers. These are the lists I made when I studied those courses.
This app is dedicated to John Lee Hooker's song "I'm In The Mood."
I am working my way through "Chinese Through Poetry" by Professor Archie Barnes (published by Alcuin Academics).
I have no connection to the late Dr. Barnes or his publishers. But I love his book and am creating flashcards for studying it as I go. You should get the book and follow along. This vocabulary is very beautiful for both its concrete and suggestive nature. The app has both jiantizi and fantizi and should eventually have 40 word lists, one for each lesson. I'll update the count each week as I update the app. There should be another list or two every week until I'm done.
Current List Count: 27/40 (03feb14)
This app is dedicated to John Lee Hooker's song, "Think Twice Before You Go."
Part of my Chinese study is to watch wuxia movies and TV shows in Mandarin. As I watch, I use Hanping Pro to add words and phrases to my vocabulary list. Maybe you do this kind of thing too? I have put my current wuxia vocabulary list in this app and will be updating it as I continue my scholarly study of flying swords-men and -women. The reason I am charging a bit for this app is that it is for people who are serious about contributing to the list. You pay a bit more for the app but you get everyone's contribs. So while anyone could buy it, you SHOULD only buy if you are going to contribute vocabulary to it and help it grow. See below for instructions on how to send in your card lists. I'll update the card count here with each update.
Current Card Count: 1500 (Updated 01dec13)
To contribute use Hanping Android Chinese Dictionary App with no starred items. Make sure you are set to Simplified Characters as you make the list. Put this Hanping backup file in your device's download directory and then use Hanping to "restore" it. This will give you the first 1500+ vocab as a starred list and you can add more bits from there. We'll sync the backup again as needed. When you add vocab, add them to a sublist. Then export the starred sublist of NEW vocabulary to an email app and send it here. After I add your bits to the app, you can delete the sublist (all items remain in the big starred list when you do this) and restart the sublist for new vocab.
This app is dedicated to John Lee Hooker's song "No Shoes."
Flashcard Mojo uses files on your sdcard for its flashcards. You make your own, name the categories, and set the display size for 2, 3, or 4 different things. Flashcard Mojo lets you set up the cards too. Set one thing for the answer. Put any or all of the others on the question side. This app uses utf-8. So ASCII, en_US, and utf-8 will all fly. There are three example files to show you how it's done. Create your own flashcards, limited only by the available RAM in size. So don't be writin' no 150 Mb flashcard files! This app is now integrated with Filebroom Juju to let you synchronize your flashcard files up and down with an FTP server.