Chinese Character Learning Software
Learning Chinese Characters
Chinese characters is the most difficult part of mastering the Chinese
language. The Chinese written language, of course, has no alphabet. Instead,
each character is an ideographic symbol representing a single, one-syllable
word. Characters are combined into compound words of two, three, and sometimes
four characters. A student must learn between three and four thousand distinct
characters and tens of thousands of compounds in order to read a modern newspaper
with any proficiency.
Sinica is a powerful new software package that makes the task of learning
Chinese characters far more efficient, rational, and enjoyable.
The program combines a Chinese text reader with an extensive Chinese character
dictionary, enabling the student to read and translate any digitized Chinese
text with relative ease. Clicking on an unfamiliar character in a Chinese
text instantly displays the pinyin pronunciation and meaning of both the character
and the compound word in which it is being used. Clicking again brings up
additional information about the character, including an analysis of the character
into its radical and phonetic parts, stroke count, etymology, usage frequency,
and links to lists of other characters using the same radical or phonetic
and compounds using the character. The program will also pronounce any Chinese character
or compound included in the dictionary and create custom vocabulary lists
of characters and compounds learned using the program.
Clavis Sinica Character Learning Features:
Chinese text reader provides instant access
to the meaning of any Chinese character and its associated compound in any
digitized Chinese text
information window displays the following information for every character
in the database: simplified and traditional character forms, pinyin pronunciation(s)
and corresponding English definition(s), radical and phonetic parts, usage
frequency, stroke order, stroke count, Xin Hua radical number, and Kangxi
radical number. For 500 of the most commonly used characters, a brief etymological
note is also provided
information window provides a list of all characters using the same
radical as a selected character
phonetic window provides a list of all characters using the same phonetic
as a selected character
window lists all compounds and phrases using a selected character.
analytic dictionary of more than 25,000 entries
includes over 4,000 characters and over 21,000 multi-character compound
words, phrases, and idioms
includes complete vocabulary from ten commonly used textbooks
at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels
search functions permit searching the dictionary
by character or compound pinyin, radical number, number and/or order of
strokes, or English word or phrase
functions allow user to hear the pronunciation of characters, words,
and phrases in the natural voice of a native speaker.
vocabulary lists allow user to keep track of Chinese characters and compounds
learned using the program. Lists can be viewed within the program, printed
out, drilled with the built-in flashcard tool, or saved for later use.
flashcard tool allows you to drill yourself
on groups of radicals, characters, or compounds that you want to learn.
You can use the flashcard sets provided with the program, or create your
own sets based on unfamiliar characters and words in any Chinese text.