Mar 162012
Get your daily Chinese word by Twitter, e-mail, RSS, etc.

If you like the idea of trying to build your vocabulary by a word per day, there are a number of ways that you can get your fix. Previous posts covered word-of-the-day websites and iOS apps, but here are some services that will bring a word (or sentence) to you everyday via Twitter, e-mail, RSS, or your Google or Yahoo homepages. Follow on Twitter: @chineseclass101 @chineselanguage @chinesesentence @dailyzhongwen @nciku Facebook apps: Chinese Audio Word of the Day Multilingual Made Easy RSS, e-mail, and more: — Dr. Adeline Mah offers a word a day by e-mail. Chinese Class 101 — In addition to the Twitter feed, subscribe by e-mail or add to iGoogle. — Offers a selection of RSS feeds at various levels, and for both words and sentences. These can also be added to your iGoogle or My Yahoo page. Learn Chinese Everyday — Subscribe via RSS or e-mail … [read more]

Dec 312011
iOS app update: Pinyin Typist 2.0

Pinyin Typist by TroubadorWorks (originally reviewed in this post) has gotten a significant update. To quickly recap, the app’s main function is as a writing pad that allows you to input pinyin with proper tone marks quickly and easily; after typing a syllable, just tap the appropriate number key on the customized keyboard and the tone mark is added in the proper position for that syllable. The update brings a slew of new features. The first big feature is the ability to style text with HTML tags or Markdown syntax. For HTML, both the older, “presentational” tags (like <i> and <b>) and the newer, “structural” tags (like <em> and <strong>) work. If you paste your tagged text into an app that can interpret html, it will be rendered correctly. The lines below were typed and tagged in Pinyin Typist and then copied into the WordPress iOS app. zuótiān wǒ bāng nǚ’ér qù yī … [read more]