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Step into Chinese

Step into Chinese

Step Into Chinese is a language-mining tool to assist English speakers seeking to understand the Chinese language. The lack of a one-to-one correspondence between Chinese characters and the corresponding Pinyin is often regarded as the greatest difficulty facing learners of Chinese. Step Into Chinese aims to address this difficulty.

Inside is an extensively cross-referenced data structure which allows the user to pursue deeper understanding of contexts, for example, by "locking on" to a particular Pinyin context and viewing successive instances of the same morpheme used in similar contexts.

The user can also "lock on" to English words in the Pinyin translations, English words in the collective phrase translations, and even unicode strings used to represent Chinese characters in either traditional or simplified representations.

Frequency information relative to the number of occurances of each Pinyin morpheme, in each context throughout the data structure, is displayed for each entry.

†Step into Chinese

Price
Free to download

Size
5.7MB
License

GNU GPL v2

Developer
Charles B. Cossť

Website
www.asymptopia.org

System Requirements
Pygame

Support Sites:
Wikipedia

Selected Reviews:
Linux Journal

Features include:

  • Extensive cross-referenced data structure with over 26,000 modern Chinese words and concepts involving over 8,300 separate Chinese characters
  • Ability to lock-onto particular character or word and view its usage in various contexts
  • Ability to create and save flashcards
  • Display mode: Singles, Traditional, and Simplified
  • Flashcard style: Pinyin, Translation, Traditional, and Simplified
  • Online help system for keyboard shortcuts

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