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The Written Chinese Elves are continuously working hard to create new and interesting tools and features to help us study Chinese. I say ‘Us’ because Nora and I are studying Chinese ourselves, so we know the trials and tribulations of a Chinese student. This, as well as all your feedback and comments about the Written Chinese Dictionary app, has helped us create new features, tools and resources to help everyone study Chinese.
The Written Chinese Online Study Space
WWhat we had wanted to do for a long time, was create an area that could be the centre of our Chinese learning experience. So we created the Written Chinese Online Study Space. The Online Study Space is an online platform that you can access on your laptop or desktop computer but also syncs to your mobile devices (as long as you have created an account and logged in).
Here are some of the features of the Online Study Space:
- – Study the Character of the Day
- – Learn more about the character, including how to write it, it’s radicals and example sentences
- – Post your homework and have the delightful Chamcen check your work
- – View, edit and add flashcards to your Flashcard Sets
- – Read Chinese storybooks
- – Buy flashcard sets, storybooks and other tools that can be used on the online Study Space and synced to your mobile devices (for this you need the free Written Chinese Dictionary mobile app)
- – Use other online tools such as the Tone Trainer and the Online Dictionary
If you’re interested in having all these features on your desktop you can sign into your Written Chinese account here, or if you’re new to Written Chinese, sign up for an account here. If you want to learn more about the features of the Online Study Space, keep reading!
Create an Account and Sync Between Devices
First, to see the Online Study Space, you need to create an account. Yes, I hear you groaning thousands of miles across the ocean, but there’s a really good reason for it.
If you create an account with Written Chinese you will be able to access your account on both the web and the Written Chinese Dictionary app! This means that you’ll be able to make digital purchases on the web and they’ll be available in your mobile app. All the flashcards that you have made with the Unlimited Flashcards List feature, or with the Quicklist option will also be synced so you can access them wherever you are.
A great positive to the Online Study Space is that if you’re unable to purchase any products via your mobile, you can purchase with Paypal, sync and ta-da, your purchased items will be on your mobile device too!
You can create an account (or login if you already have an account on the Written Chinese mobile app) here, and when you return to WrittenChinese.Com or the Written Chinese Online Dictionary, you can access your account by clicking on the Log In button in the top right side of the page.
OK, now you can fill in your deets and we’re ready to go!
Study the Character of the Day
Each day a new character will appear on your dashboard showing both simplified and traditional characters.
Tip: Don’t forget to turn on your sound, because you can listen to the pronunciation of the character by clicking the ‘speaker’ button.
To the left of the Character of the Day there’s a definition and also a Learn More button that will take you to the character page.
If you click on the Learn More button, you will go to the Character of the Day’s page. On these ‘details’ pages, you can do the following (and more!):
- – learn how to write the character
- – learn how to use the character with example sentences
- – view the radicals that make up the character
- – post mnemonics, pictures and stories to help others remember the character
- – post homework
- – add a character or bigram to your flashcard sets
Homework of the Day
Once you’ve completed your homework, you can post it on the character of the day page. Now, I know it’s maybe a little nerve wrecking to post your work online, but imagine how great it would be if every day, we posted our sentences, photos, and stories to share with each other. Firstly, it would be epic and secondly, there would be a wealth of example sentences, mnemonics and helpful tips to remember a character!
Also, we’ll* be checking the character page every day to give some feedback and comments. Rest assured, Nora will have gotten there first 😉
*Chamcen, a native Chinese Elf will check, not me (phew)!
If you’re using the Written Chinese Dictionary app and want to post homework, your mobile device will open a browser window for you to post on the Online Dictionary.
The homework is a great way to test your existing understanding of a character, and also a great opportunity to share your methods for remembering characters with other Chinese learners like yourself!
Remember Mike’s blog post about learning Chinese characters? Mike created (and still follows) a schedule for his studying to help him achieve his goals and utilise his time. If you’re setting goals for your Chinese, the ‘Homework of the Day’ feature can fit perfectly into your daily Chinese learning.
The character of the day is also perfect if you’re just beginning to study Chinese characters as you only get 1 character a day to focus on instead of being bombarded with 100s of characters!
Studying Your Chinese Flashcards Online
The Written Chinese Online Study Space has almost all the same features as the Written Chinese Dictionary app. You can access all your existing flashcard lists, including purchased and custom sets.
To add a flashcard to an existing list, simply click the + sign next to any single character flashcard or bigram (2 character combinations) and choose the flashcard list to add it to.
Once the flashcard is added to a list, it will show a red + instead of a grey one.
You can go to your Flashcard Sets from the Online Study Space and select the flashcard set you just added the flashcard to. The newly added flashcard should be at the top of your list!
To remove a flashcard from a list, go to the right side of the flashcard and click the trash can. You can also click the red + and untick the list. The + will become grey again.
To study your flashcards simply click the ‘STUDY’ button in the top right-hand corner of your chosen flashcard set. Select your study options and click ‘GO!’ to begin your study session.
We hope you enjoy using the Online Study Space! If you have any questions, problems or comments about the Written Chinese Online Study Space or any of our other tools and features please leave feedback in the comment section below.