Liwin's Flash Card Practice

As a student learning Chinese I spent many hours reviewing flash cards. Using flash cards was a great help to me then, and even after more than 20 years of study I still find this type of review useful. During my graduate studies I developed software that would duplicate the flash card-type of learning experience.

At Liwin we have continued along the same path, working for many years on software tools to assist Chinese language learners. We have targeted beginning language learners with products like Pinyin Master, and CyberChinese-Online. This Flash Card Practice is an effort to provide similar software solutions to fit the needs of a wider variety of Chinese language learners.

Liwin's CyberChinese Calligraphy

The correct stroke order is an important component in the study of Chinese characters. Stroke order and number of strokes are traditional indexing systems for written Chinese. Proper stroke sequence is also a key to developing authentic Chinese penmanship.

Liwin's CyberChinese incorporates stroke order animations for all characters introduced in Practical Chinese Reader Volume One. The Dictation Section of the program will familiarize learners with the proper stroke sequence, and will develop a feel for Chinese writing.

The CyberChinese Calligraphy page provides animated stroke order sequences from Liwin's CyberChinese along with character pronunciation and brief English definitions for many of the characters in the textbook. We encourage you to take advantage of this new addition to the Liwin web site.

Liwin's CyberChinese Activities

These two online activities are designed to review the vocabulary introduced in Practical Chinese Reader Volume One. The Table Building activity gives you a chance to match Chinese characters with their pinyin pronunciation and English equivalent. The Drag and Drop activity tests your speed as you match pinyin or English with a corresponding Chinese character.

Zhuyin Symbols

Zhuyin, or Bopomofo, is a phonetic syllabary, similar to the Japanese katakana, used in Mandarin Chinese. Developed in Taiwan, the Zhuyin symbols have been used frequently as a tool for reading Chinese, and as an indexing method in dictionaries. Although more frequently used in Taiwan, an abundance of both juvenile books and Mandarin as a second language texts make extensive use of Zhuyin. These books can be located in local libraries and bookstores around the world and are a valuable resource to language learners.

This table of Zhuyin symbols accompanied by the equivalent pinyin spelling and native speaker pronunciation is provided here as a reference and a learning tool for those interested.

Updated January, 2008