Copying From PDF to Anki

November 29, 2011, 03:37 AM posted in General Discussion


I am trying to copy the vocabulary at the end of each PDF of the dialogue/lesson into anki to make into flash cards.

Unfortunately whenever I copy either the pinyin or the characters out of the PDF, I get this in any program/browser/microsoft office/anki -

wˇo m´ıngbai nˇı de y`ısi.
I know what you mean.

wˇo b`u lˇıji ˇe nˇı de y`ısi.
I don’t understand what you mean.

I get squares in the browser, even wierder symbols in Anki.

Also the pinyin moves the tone into its own seperate space.

I can view characters with no issues and believe I have all the appropiate language packs.

Any idea how to fix this? Without this, making flashcards is significantly more time consuming and more of a pain.


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November 29, 2011, 10:04 AM


I get the feeling that this has something to do with the way the PDFs are encoded.

We'll look further into this and see if there is something we can do differently.



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November 29, 2011, 02:55 PM

Hi meyer0095,

Have you tried cutting and pasting from the "text version" of the PDF. Not sure about Anki, but it works OK pasting characters and pinyin into MS Word.


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November 29, 2011, 08:18 PM

What do you mean by the "text version"?

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Next to the PDF link at the left side of the lesson page, you'll see an extra link in brackets saying "text version". Click this and it will open an extra window in your browser with the same info as the PDF. You should be able to cop and paste from that.

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this is really helpful, thanks for the tip!