Today I made two discoveries that make my study of Chinese even more interesting and efficient.
Firstly, I found out about Perapera-kun - a Chinese Software that is an add-on of Firefox. Once installed, you will be able to mouse over any Chinese character and find out its pinyin and meaning but it only works if you use Firefox as your browser.
Secondly, I discovered that the songs of Teresa Teng are excellent for someone like me in learning Chinese. Her diction and vocal qualities are crystal clear, so clear that I can off-hand work out the hanyu pinyin without much difficulty. I can check the accuracy of the pinyin using the other online tools. I managed to find the albums of Teresa Teng on the web and was able to access many of her songs.
Method of Learning
2 Plug onto Teresa Teng's songs
3 As I listen, I will try to work out the hanyu pinyin for the song
4 Find the meaning of the words to appreciate the song better. There are a few ways to find out the meaning of the song:
- 5 Use a dictionary (electronic or hard copy)
- 6 Use an online tool to convert the characters to pinyin and then use the annotation tool to get the meaning of each.
- 7 Access the song lyrics through Firefox and learn the meaning using the Perakun tool to mouse over characters to find out what they mean.