Poor Richard's Alchemy
Scholar Chinese Lessons
(Ru2zhe3 is Mandarin for scholar or Confucian.)
Chu is the Beginners' Series.
Available Lessons: 5 of 50
Vocabulary to date: 830
Scholar Chinese is an opportunity to learn to speak, read, and write Mandarin Chinese. This course, of a projected 50 lessons is the equivalent of five to six semesters of university 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.
The production of these lessons is purchase-driven. I am committed to keeping the available lessons three lessons ahead of lessons purchased. About a week after Lesson Three is purchased, Lesson Six will be available. When someone purchases Lesson 47, I will build Lesson 50. What if only one person is doing the purchasing? 没问提, some one person will have to be first. Where one goes, more will follow.
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.
Chinese Flashcard Apps
All my flashcard apps use the same engine with different data. So you can install the free Hanzi Juju 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, "Cold Chills All Over Me."
Idioms are an important part of the Chinese language. Because their language is so overloaded, they rely on idioms to avoid ambiguity. Things like: yi1yan2wei2ding4 (It's a deal) or si3er2wu2hui3 (die without regret). This app has over 4000 idioms in both simplified and traditional characters.
This app is dedicated to John Lee Hooker's song "Little Wheel."
Guoyu Juju has almost 1000 basic Chinese hanzi, word and phrase flashcards with both traditional and simplified characters. These are the flashcards I made for myself covering the three boxed sets of Pimsleur Mandarin. Guess what? I am NOT CONNECTED IN ANY WAY TO PIMSLEUR. But the cards come in handy when you study stuff like that.
This app is dedicated to John Lee Hooker's song "Dimples."
Hanzi Juju has over 18000 Simplified Hanzi, 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, "I Don't Wanna Go to Vietnam."
Lishi Juju has over 2000 flashcards of Chinese historical words, characters and idioms in both simplified and traditional characters.
This app is dedicated to John Lee Hooker's song, "Mamma, You Got A Daughter."
Qinqi Juju is for sorting out Chinese family relation terms. There are categories for brother, child, father, mother, other (aunt, uncle, etc.), partner, and sister. Over 1100 entries. I have kept the overlapping entries (an uncle will be in other, brother, and mother or father) for learning reinforcement. So really, you only have to learn seven or eight hundred terms. Ha, ha. I love Chinese.
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: 18/40 (28nov13)
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 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!
Hey, want custom Chinese flashcards? Buy Flashcard Mojo and hit the Buy Now Button below. As soon as I get the PayPal email, I will reply asking what you want for terms to extract from the CC-Edict Chinese dictionary. You supply the terms, just like you were providing search terms, and I build the lists. Tell me how big you want the lists (as in 500 terms, 250 terms long). Then I will attach them to an email and you just save them into the Flashcard Mojo directory on your SDCard. Easy-peasy. Only $9.99 USD. 2000 term limit.