December 1, 2011

Learning Chinese -- PABLO, my personal Chinese dictionary


Introducing Pablo


A treat for Chinese learning beginners: a compact, nifty, featured-packed and free Chinese-English dictionary for Windows.

Pablo is probably the best Chinese-English dictionary alternative for beginners.


Unrivaled search features
  • English, Chinese and pinyin
  • Search a character from its radical
  • (exclusive!) Find a character from its various elements
  • Simplified and traditional characters
  • Quick navigation (no java, no long downloads!)
Popup definitions in other programs

All graphical interface
  • Handwritten character recognition
  • The best collection of character animations (4,500 characters!)
  • Navigate through search results with one click
Based on the acclaimed CEDICT database, over 90,000 entries.

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For tips and support, visit the online forum at: http://pablopingrid.freeforums.org/

Get the installer from the Download box in the left part of the page.
This is a self-extracting file that installs or updates Pablo automatically.




       Pablo is a one man effort. Please donate to support developments and updates. You can try out Pablo for free, but if you like it and continue using it, it is only fair to contribute a small amount, don't you think?

Suggested amount is $15, any amount is welcome-- feedback from users is a treat!


How to get the Chinese voice to work.
You need to install the voice engine with the Microsoft Chinese voice. For step-by-step instructions, look here.

Finally, if you haven't yet, be sure to check out Pingrid, a fun and effective game to train your Chinese vocabulary.

October 1, 2011

Discover PINGRID version 3, complete Chinese vocabulary game


Make your learning time 100% useful

Pingrid was born as a clever game designed for learning Chinese vocabulary.
Later, Pingrid version 2 introduced a powerful spaced repetition model, to detect the words you need to train and therefore make your learning time 100% useful.

From the start, what makes Pingrid unique is that it is completely geared toward learning Chinese vocabulary.


Version 3 takes Pingrid to a new dimension, with handwriting traing! It combines two activities to memorize your Chinese vocabulary.

Picking words
Handwriting


Picking words in the grid is the original Pingrid training mode. It associates word, sound and meaning.
Its power: super fast training. Priceless when you are serious about learning and have sizeable vocabulary to absorb.
Handwriting is new in Pingrid version 3: you have to draw characters with the mouse!
Its power: active memorization. If you can write a word, then you are much more certain to recognize it.

And Pingrid's adaptive, spaced repetition model directs your effort to the words that do need repetition. No more cramming, your training time is 100% useful.


Get the installer from the Download box on the left part of the page.
This is a self-extracting file that installs or updates Pingrid automatically.

       Pingrid is a one man effort. Please donate to support developments and updates. You can try out Pingrid for free, but if you like it and continue using it, it is only fair to contribute a small amount, don't you think?

Suggested amount is $15, any amount is welcome-- feedback from users is a treat!

How to get the Chinese voice to work.
You need to install the voice engine with the Microsoft Chinese voice. For step-by-step instructions, look here.

Finally, if you haven't yet, be sure to check out Pablo, a great Chinese-English dictionary for beginners.

For tips and support, visit the online forum at: http://pablopingrid.freeforums.org

August 20, 2011

Pablo experimental version - test the autocomplete feature

Version 2.7x introduces an experimental feature (among other improvements): auto-complete. As text is entered in the search box, suggestions are displayed for quick access to most frequent words.

Please try it and comment on this blog or on the forum: does it work on your system? How useful is it? How would you like it to behave?

Have fun!

February 4, 2011

Pablo spricht Deutsch - Pablo parle français !


Pablo version 2.5a introduces support for the HanDeDict Chinese-German dictionary and for the CFDICT Concept Chinese-French dictionary. Both are great collective-effort dictionaries.

HanDeDict user guide
Download the dictionary from: www.chinaboard.de
Unzip and copy the dictionary file handedict.u8 or handedict_nb.u8 to Pablo's data directory.


CFDICT user guide

Fermer Pablo. Créer un fichier vide appelé cfdict.u8 dans le répertoire data. Au redémarrage, Pablo téléchargera le dictionnaire automatiquement.
Vous pouvez aussi télécharger vous-même le dictionnaire sur: www.chine-informations.com
Copier le fichier cfdict.u8 dans le répertoire data de Pablo.

The German or French dictionary will be recognized automatically and you get Pablo's great search features with HanDeDict or CFDICT contents!

Download locations for dictionaries (for manual update):
English: https://www.mdbg.net/chinese/export/cedict/cedict_1_0_ts_utf-8_mdbg.zip
Français: http;//haton.free.fr/pingrid/cfdictc.u8
Deutsch: https://raw.githubusercontent.com/zydeo/HanDeDict/master/handedict_nb.u8