As a student of Chinese at the end of my three year course, I’ve spent many – too many – nights in the books or, worse still, seeing characters flutter before me until I finally went to bed. My Chinese books have notes in every free corner, and are worn out. I’ve used a disproportionate number of exercise books and pictures books, often with kittens or cartoons on the cover.
And the dictionary… Here’s where things get interesting. Just before officially enrolling and registering for a Chinese course, I bought a dictionary. A lovely green and white brick that for me represented the solution to all my problems, the source of all possible knowledge. However I barely used that dictionary, thanks to Pleco.
If you study Chinese and you don’t know Pleco, know that this free little app without advertising banners will be your salvation. And just as Pleco perfectly replaced the brick I revered with a bit of trepidation, and has been most useful, there are many other apps that constitute a valid support for the study of Chinese. [Read more...]