WLCP to PlecoDict Flashcards
wlcp_to_pleco for Mac and Linux
This program converts WLCP XML to PlecoDict2 Flashcard XML. If someone wants it to work on Windows, please let me know, and we'll figure something out.
- Unzip wlcp_to_pleco.zip such that both wlcp_to_pleco.py and wlcp_to_pleco.xsl are in the same folder as your WLCP-provided XML files.
- Run wlcp_to_pleco.py just as you would welovechinesepod.py
- It will ask you for a lesson name, type it in just as you would with welovechinesepod.py
- Advanced: You can avoid typing in the lesson names by typing all of the lesson names in a file called lessons.txt just like with welovechinesepod.py
What you get:
- For example, with the lesson called night-cat, it will read the WLCP-provided XML file night-cat.xml and create the file night-cat-pleco.xml.
Let me know if the XML files work with Pleco. I don't have Pleco, so can't test it myself.
calkinsDecember 21, 2008, 01:25 PM
Andrew, so awesome, it works! And the way you built the xml file is really great...it shows both traditional and simplified characters, something I didn't know you could do with the flashcards.
I tried all 6 "Test Types" and they all worked perfectly.
This is really going to reinforce the vocabulary after studying a lesson.
Thanks so much!
calkinsDecember 22, 2008, 11:04 AM
Here are some screenshots of PlecoDict (version 2.0) on a Palm TX, using Andrew's Pleco program which converts CPod lesson vocab. to PlecoDict flashcards. Awesome!
There are 6 different tests you can use on Pleco 2.0, here are screenshots from each:
A Review Only session lets you quickly look through your flashcards without doing any testing at all.
In a Self-scored test, the text of each card is shown with some parts missing; the missing parts are revealed after you tap on the Reveal button. This allows you to look at a card, try to remember the missing parts, then check to see if you remembered them correctly, much like flipping over a printed flashcard.
If you've enabled the "Self-scored sketch box" option in the Modes panel of Advanced Settings, you'll be given a box (as shown above) in which you can draw your answer before revealing the card - this is a good way to double-check that you remembered the correct answer perfectly.
In a Multiple-choice test, the text of each card is shown with some parts missing and you're prompted to select the missing parts from a list of choices. Tap on the matching headword / pronunciation / definition in the Choice Box to select it.
In a Free-answer test, the text of each card is shown with the headword or Pinyin pronunciation missing and you're prompted to enter the text of the missing part. An Answer Box will appear for each character/syllable in the word; the Answer Box that's currently accepting input will be shown with a double-thick border. Tap on another Answer Box to select it.
In a Stroke Order test, you're shown the outline of a Chinese character and prompted to tap on the character's strokes in the correct order.
In a Tone Practice test, you're shown the full text of a flashcard but with the tones missing from the Pinyin pronunciation, and prompted to enter the correct tones based on the audio played. You can click on the speaker to hear the audio again.
PlecoDict is such an amazing tool. Now it's even more powerful because we can easily make flashcards of our lesson vocabulary.
andrew_cDecember 23, 2008, 03:42 AM
Nope, I was waiting for someone to ask. I'll look into how to do this since I'm not really sure at the moment how.
If anyone else wants to jump in and do it, then feel free.
Also, what's WM6?
calkinsDecember 23, 2008, 09:33 AM
You can't really compare Pleco with Scritter. PlecoDict is geared more towards flashcards and vocabulary, whereas Scritter is mainly geared towards writing/learning characters.
Also, since Scritter is internet- and Flash-based, it is much more "dynamic" than Pleco's stroke order test. Pleco has its limitations since it's run on Palm OS or Windows mobile PDA or smartphone...but will soon (eventually) run on iPhone and have a desktop version.
If I had to choose one over the other, I'd choose Pleco hands down. It is by far the most useful Chinese learning tool I use (aside from ChinesePod of course;).
Wow, one of these days Pleco needs to pay me for all of my endorsements on CPod!