Flashcard Setup

My previous post was vague on how exactly I build my flashcards, and the following comment was left by darren:

I’ve used anki for awhile but i’m still not sure how people are tracking the number or words they know…do you have a deck just of words vs sentences vs mixed that you review to pull the stats? Does the number of vocab include characters and compounds or do you break that out at all? Would be really useful to know how you pull those stats out of anki to show progress etc.

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Romanization System

I know that the 1960’s course from the Defense Language Institute for 台山話 uses a really old romanization system.  And I know it gave me a lot of trouble at first.  So I made this write-up to:

  • help explain some of the differences between the romanization scheme in this textbook and the Yale and jyutping romanization schemes used in Cantonese
  • help explain some of the patterns I observed in the similarities between Cantonese and Hoisanwa

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Toishanese Audio Uploaded

I have added a new page to the blog to hose the audio for the Defense Language Institute’s 1960’s Toishanese course.  You can find it by going to the menu or following this link.

The audio had been uploaded to many other file sharing sites, but the links on those sites kept expiring.  The files are all in the public domain, so feel free to download them or listen to them from that page. 

A link to the textbook is also available on the same page.

Language Learning

Here’s another monologue which I would appreciate feedback on.  This time I discussed my own experience with language learning.

I was advised to try writing the blog entry first instead of speaking spontaneously. While I would prefer to speak spontaneously, I do think writing everything first is good advice. This helped me to plan what I would say, and hopefully will help move more of my “passive vocabulary” into “active vocabulary”.

Since I’m just reading this time, I made this one an mp3 instead of a video. 

And as a bonus, this way it can be downloaded (hopefully one day I will have readers who will want to learn from my monologues): Download File

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