Sunday, May 4, 2008

Annotation Marks

Yesterday, my tutor explained a few more pages of the text in Jimmy Liao's book 'Turn Left, Turn Right'. She gave me the hanyu pinyin for the difficult words as well as the simplified Chinese characters.

This evening, I was typing the text into a word document when I could not find the word I was looking for and so I accessed the Chinese-Tools.com website. I managed to find the character and then decided to explore more of the features in the 'Chinese Tools' section.

I found another tool that is just so fantastic. It is an Annotation Tool. All I needed to do to obtain the Hanyu Pinyin equivalents of the Chinese Text I had was to:

1. Cut the text below from my Word Doc and paste it onto the Annotation page in the space provided.

他近來不是過的很好,晚上偶爾會到城中上流餐廳拉琴賺點外快。
or
他近来不是过的很好,晚上偶尔会到城中上流餐厅拉琴赚点外快。


2. Click the Annotate Button and see what comes up other than the Hanyu Pinyin with the annotation marks:

1.他 he / him2.近来 jìn lái recently / lately3.不是 bú shì not be / blame or fault4.过 guò (experienced action marker) / to cross / to go over / to pass (time) / to celebrate (a holiday) / to live / to get along / (surname) / excessively / too-5. aim / clearde (possessive particle) / of really and truly6.很好 hěn hǎo well7.晚上 wǎn shang in the evening8.偶尔 ǒu ěr occasionally / once in a while9. huì can / be possible / be able to / to assemble / to meet / to gather / to see / union / group / associationkuài to balance an account / accounting10.到 dào to (a place) / until (a time) / up to / to go / to arrive11.城 chéng city walls / city / town12.中 zhōng within / among / in / middle / center / while (doing sth) / during / China / Chinesezhòng hit (the mark)13.上 shàng on / on top / upon / first (of two parts) / previous or last (week, etc.) / upper / higher / above / previous / to climb / to go into / above / to go up

1.流 liú to flow / to spread / to circulate / to move2.餐厅 cān tīng dining-hall3.拉 to pull / to play (string instruments) / to drag / to draw4.琴 qín (mus. instr.)5.赚 zhuàn earn / make a profitzuàn cheat / swindle6.点 diǎn (downwards-right convex character stroke) / o'clock / (a measure word) / point / dot / (decimal) point)7.外快 wài kuài extra income besides salary

Have fun here:
http://www.chinese-tools.com/tools/annotation.html

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