User Comments - damon
Posted on: Shanghai Expo PavilionsMay 19, 2010, 12:00 PM
Don't apologize! I just thought there might have been a bit of sarcasm involved. Such are my expectations regarding the issue - China-wise, that is. Nice that you can laugh about the subject. Have you lived in Taiwan?
Posted on: That's Not Your FoodApril 28, 2010, 01:14 PM
Hey xiao_liang, graceful apology accepted! Really, though, if there is no guide to posting to be seen, and no consistent lead from the top - aka Cpod staff - then users can't be expected to follow good protocol.
I do remember the debate raging a while back, however, was partly over whether Cpod should insist on pinyin being used alongside Hanzi in Intermediate discussions. While Intermediate as a forum for pinyin might be debatable, surely Elementary is not.
Posted on: That's Not Your FoodApril 28, 2010, 04:25 AM
It appears that the battle to make people use pinyin along with characters in the elementary level discussions has been lost. Shame. I use pera-kun to read comments in hanzi, but that's a blunt tool. Employing pera-kun, hanzi and pinyin together would be helpful for learning.
I'd like to see the counselors leading the way with the use of pinyin alongside characters. I'm curious why this is not happening. This is an elementary learning forum, after all. Why hanzi only at this level?
Posted on: Cold Weather Is ComingFebruary 25, 2010, 05:27 AM
I wonder if we could have an update on the SRS situation. I have followed the instructions given to export/import my Cpod vocab to Anki but have been met by repeated error messages.
At this point, I feel I've spent enough time trying to get the Anki/Cpod thing happening. Be great to simply have SRS up and running as an integral part of Cpod. How's that going?
Posted on: Cold Weather Is ComingFebruary 18, 2010, 05:12 AM
What wenjong said :) We're talking of the same thing sp. The capacity to know all aspects of a word as one complete and simple unit. Shi1 and shi4 are thus, as you say, not the same word with two different tones, but two quite different words.
edit: reading the thread again, I see that catherinem is saying the same thing above. It's all getting what you call the 'prosody' across the entire sentence/phrase correct. And the best way to do that is to mimic a native speaker. There's a place for the annotation and conscious use of tones at the level of the individual word, but I'd guess it's pretty minimal.
Posted on: Cold Weather Is ComingFebruary 15, 2010, 08:54 AM
On another matter: I've recently started to use a review program called Anki. Does ChinesePod have any plans to introduce a similar 'spaced repetition' function with its flashcards?
And if not why not? The ease/effectiveness of study that spaced repetition software provides seems too good not to include in the flashcard program.