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Showing content with the highest reputation on 06/25/2020 in all areas

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    The iPad topic got me thinking - is anyone using a smartwatch for Chinese learning at all? There are obvious limitations, but flashcards should be doable, perhaps a dictionary + voice recognition (how is Chinese input on a smartwatch, I've never tried it), podcast listening should be straightforward. You could read on one, for short periods. Anything else I've not thought of? There's an Anki option for Android Wear, but I can't see much else beyond Apple Watch add-ons for stuff like Chineasy.
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    Haven't seen anything much myself; mostly 'brand expansion' sort of stuff rather than actual usable apps. My impression is that the demand is pretty tiny - hardly any customer email about it - and in my own experience it's just not very comfortable to do stuff on the watch for more than a brief interaction; about the only time I'd ever use it for more than 10 seconds at a go is if I've loaned one of my kids my phone for some reason. Chinese handwriting works reasonably well, but not enough to discourage you from taking the extra few seconds to pull out your phone and do it properly. We do get a lot of requests for automated background flashcard playback and that's something we are working on, so when that's available you should at least be able to run an all-audio flashcard session that you can play/pause from your watch, though you can also do that by double-tapping your AirPods / pushing a button on your steering column / tugging the sleeve of your smart jacket / yelling at Siri to pause audio / etc. If there's ever going to be a watch app revolution, it'll probably come ~2 years from now when SwiftUI (Apple's Grand Unified Interface Design System For All Apple Devices) is sufficiently stable / widely adopted that rebuilding an app for Apple Watch becomes the sort of thing one can do in a week or two. But by then we may all be looking at doing Chinese learning for our AR headsets instead, which have a lot more long-term potential...
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    For what it's worth, regarding lists of HSK 4 grammar points... I just came across this publication, referenced in an HSK preparation book: HSK Test Syllabus (2015) Level 4 https://www.purpleculture.net/hsk-test-syllabus-2015-level-4-p-22933/ Publication Date: 09/2015 ISBN: 9787107304217 Publisher: People's Education Press Series: HSK Test Syllabus (2015) In particular, for HSK 4 grammar points the preparation book cites this chapter, p16-19: "HSK(四级)语言点大纲" There's also a PDF scan here at Manchester Uni which looks like the pages of a reference book, quite possibly the pages 16-19 mentioned above (although not in sequence): http://hummedia.manchester.ac.uk/schools/salc/centres/confucius/hsk/grammarlists/hsk-4-grammar-points-list.pdf
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    munguok, sorry for the late reply. Thank you for your advice about needing to share what's different about the site. As you pointed out, my initial post was kind of light on details I've updated the website with some new features and also added some information to the home page explaining what the site's about. I've also updated the original post with some more information.
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    霸凌 An interesting loan word from English. First, because I would never have guessed it. Second, because Chinese already has a perfectly good word for this. Third, because the Chinese does capture some of the meaning. According to a Wikipedia entry, "而2018至2019年的中美贸易战期间,大陆的官媒则大量使用'贸易霸凌'一词作为相关新闻标题, '霸凌'一词开始较大规模地进入中国大陆民众的视野。" https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/霸凌
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    I announced Pleco desktop in 2005, then have announced it again in some manner or other pretty much every year since 🙂 I mean yeah we’re probably going to have to support desktops in some form now; there are no license restrictions I’m aware of that would compel us to *not* allow our app to be downloaded on ARM Macs, the main reason why we might opt out of that is if we were working on a much better desktop app we planned to charge for. (And in that case we might still sell the quick lazy version through our website in the meantime, since Mac supports sideloading, hopefully with x86 support too)
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    Mike, did you just announce Pleco on desktop?
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    The split-screen function is relatively new to iOS, and I've just recently started using it on my 10.5" iPad Pro with an ebook open on one side and Pleco on the other. It works pretty well. For viewing large PDFs like books I usually use GoodReader which is an excellent app and very fast. Yes to both. I think with Zoom you have to be the originator of the call to record it; not sure — after all the recent bad press Zoom have been rushing through a lot of privacy/security changes. https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA12395/how-do-i-record-my-skype-calls https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/203066759-Recording-on-iOS-and-Android Facetime isn't really that good for lessons IMHO... it assumes vertical orientation for video and screen-sharing is technically possible but a bit cumbersome. Of course the other win compared to a laptop is the touchscreen, so you can practice writing characters with Tofulearn or Skritter. Actually I think a phone screen is probably better for this, as the characters you write wouldn't be so big. I really like it for reading ebooks too. With Pleco the ebooks you can download are much too fiddly on a phone, but on a bigger tablet screen it works very well. Recently I've started using it to scribble on PDFs with the Apple pen, and to record video commentary while I do it (to make a "screencast" as feedback for my students)... this works great. I've not had any need to do it for language learning though. Again, not specific to language-learning, but I really appreciate being able to use the iPad as a second monitor for my Macbook laptop while having Skype lessons (you can extend the OSX desktop to it). I used to have a nice big second monitor but had to get rid of it when I became nomadic. Having another screen is really handy for reference material or taking notes during a lesson if your main screen is taken up with Skype screen-sharing already. I use duet for this, which apparently works with Windows PCs too. Clearly most of these would also apply to any tablet compared to a phone or laptop. One difference with iOS is that the Apple App Store and iCloud work inside the Great Firewall, whereas of course Google Store/Google drive etc don't, if you're using Android. I presume iPads are way more expensive than Android tablets as well.
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