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Search Basics

1.  All searches ignore capitals and small letters -- happy = Happy = haPPY

2.  When you search, the term you added most recently will be used for the search. So if you searched for the English "elephant" and now wanted to search for Pinyin "wu2", when you type in the Pinyin box, it will do that search. Your English search term will be kept, so when you get your results for "wu2", elephant will still be in the English search box. If you want to use "elephant" simply click in that box and choose whatever difficulty level you desire. It will search for "elephant" without retyping the word.

3.  Sentence Length:  Each search is limited by the length of sentence you want to see.  The default is "1" -- the results will show just the words and the measure word phrases.  Items "2" through "4" indicate a progress toward longer and more complex sentences.  Only the sentences will be shown.  At the moment, the results overlap.  So you will get very simple, and easy under "2", and you will get "easy" and "difficult" under "3".   We did this to minimize the number of times you have to click to get results. If we don't have any easy or difficult sentences, we will tell you and show you a challenging example instead.   Again, we are trying to save you time. 

4.  Search Everywhere:  The fifth item in Sentence Difficulty radio buttons is a special search which includes several fields.  It is the only search which includes the short helping words in English -- such as "and", "to", "the".  It should be used when you want to type in a long phrase such as "want to go to the store" .   It will return both words and sentences.

5.  Searches are limited to 500 items.

English Search

1.  Exact Search:  The words or phrases you type in the search box will be matched as a set.  If you type "happy" you will only get items which have the word "happy" in the search area.  If you type "happ" you won't get any results because it is not a single word.

2.  Exact Search:  If you type "red hat" you will get only those entries which contain BOTH "red" and "hat" although not necessarily as a phrase.

3.  Fuzzy Search:  Type part of a word, or several words and the search results will show any entries which have any or all of those words.  If you don't know how to spell a word, you might type in the beginning of the word -- "happ" this will give you "happy", "happenstance", "happily".  If you type "interest" you will get "interested", "interesting", "interestingly", and "uninteresting".

4.  Fuzzy Search:  Each entry will be treated independently.  If you type in "go store" you will get any entry with "go" and/or "store".  Fuzzy Search is most useful when you are not sure of the correct spelling or you want all forms of a word.

5.  Search Area:  Sometimes you will find that you get entries which do not have your word in them.  For instance, if you type "go" you will get sentences with "went"  because that is the past tense of "go".  Sometimes you will get words that are related but not exactly the same meaning -- synomyms.  This is because the search area is not the same as the entry which is shown to you in the results.   We have added synonyms or common paraphrases to the search.   If you are using your account, you will see that many sentences have alternate translations in English - we call that a paraphrase.   We also used that to retype many of the easier sentences that have contractions (he's, we've, they're) as whole words. This is to help the Chinese student of English.

Searching the Database for English Words and Phrases
If you enter: Exact Search Fuzzy Search
happy happy happy
happ   happy, happily, happenstance
go go, went Chicago, go, gone, gown
go store "I really want to go to the store.",
"We'll go to the store, OK? "
"Where are you going?",
"The storekeeper opened the store."
get out to drive out, to drive away, to get
(something) out
to get out of school ,
to get rid of, to throw out ,
"I am heading out now, I'll call you when
I get back. "
"Along about now, he should be getting home."
"In the grocery store, I like to pick out my own vegetables."
"I'm very anxious about getting a job."

Pinyin Search

1.  Exact Search:  Spaces and tone marks can be included or excluded.  You can type: Kan4jian4 / kan jian / kan4 jian4 /= kan4 jian /or kan jian4. It will make a difference in your search results.

2.  Exact Search:  Tone Numbers:  If you type "jiao" your results will include "jiao1", "jiao2", "jiao3", and "jiao4".  If you type "jiao4" you will only see those results for characters which are pronounced "jiao4".

3.  Exact Search:  If you type in "hao3 de" you will get "hao3xiao4 de", "jue2de hao3 xie1 de " -- any entry where BOTH syllables appear.  Including a space indicates you are searching for two words.

4.  Exact Search:  If you type in "kan4jian4" with no space between the syllables you will limit your entries to those containing kan4jian4.

5.  Fuzzy Search:  The major difference between the exact search and the fuzzy search in pinyin is the use of the Boolean "OR" instead of "AND".  In a fuzzy search if you type in "jiao3 zi" you will get entries with both jiao3 AND zi, entries with just jiao3, plus entries with just zi included somewhere in the item.

Searching the Database for Pinyin Words and Phrases
If you enter: Exact Search Fuzzy Search
kan4 jian4 Wo3 gang1 kan4jian4 ta1. jian4, bao3jian4, kan4, kan4 xi4,
Ni3 kan4dao4 wo3 ji4 gei3 ta1 de xin4 le ma?
kan4jian4 kan4jian4,
Ni3 neng2 kan4jian4 na4bian1 de ren2 ma?
Ni3 neng2 kan4jian4 na4bian1 de ren2 ma?
hao ben Zhe4 ben3 shu1 hen3 hao3. ben4, ben3, hao4, hao3, ban3ben3, ben4zhuo1, cheng2hao4,
Wo3 xu1yao4 yi2 ge4 xin1 de bi3ji4ben3.
bing bing1, bing3, bing4, bing1bao2, de2bing4 same
wo xuyao ni de Xia4yu3 le. Wo3 xu1yao4 wo3 de ni2long2 wai4yi1.
De2guo2, wo3, de shi2hou, Gen1 wo3 lai2!,
Ta1 xu1yao4 yi4xie1 yong3qi4.
ji4suan4ji1 bing4du2 ji4suan4ji1 bing4du2,
Bing4du2 shi3 ji4suan4ji1 ting2zhi3 gong1zuo4.,
bing4du2, chao1ji2 ji4suan4ji1,
Ni3 hui4 yong4 ji4suan4ji1 ma?,
Bing4du2 shi3 ji4suan4ji1 ting2zhi3 gong1zuo4.

Character Search

1.  You can either enter characters using a Chinese system such as Twinbridge or NJStar, or you can highlight characters in previous results on the search page and copy and paste them into the search box. 

2.  Exact Search:  If you type in three characters, or paste them in from previous searches, you will get entries which contain all three characters.

3.  Fuzzy Search:  If you type in three characters, or paste them in from previous searches, you will get entries which contain at least one of the characters.

4.  In both Fuzzy Search and Exact Search, characters are treated as separate words.

5.  Fuzzy Search is useful when searching for characters or pinyin only with a Sentence Length of 1, otherwise you will get confusing results.  It is very handy if you are looking up several words at a time.  It is also useful in Character search if you want to find out what the individual characters mean.  For instance, if you are learning 激 动 ji1dong4 "to excite, to agitate, to arouse, to stir, to move" you can use fuzzy search to find that 动 means "to move" and that means 激 "vexed, agitated, aroused; to arouse".  Sometimes it helps you to remember a term if you know what the individual characters mean.  It won't work on all words because there are many single characters that are not used alone, they are only found in combinations.  I have tended to avoid putting those in the dictionary to avoid confusion.   When I have put in a character that is not used alone, I tried to put in a note to cue you in. For instance, if you look up "peak" you will find that you should use 顶 点, not 顶.

Textbook Search

At the bottom of the dictionary search page you will find drop down boxes for several popular Chinese texts.:  The first search box includes Beginning Chinese, Teach Yourself Chinese, and The Practical Chinese Reader.:  The second set of boxes lets you add vocabulary to your account for Integrated Chinese Book One and Book Two. :  In both cases, just choose the book you want, then choose the section.   For Beginning Chinese, Teach Yourself Chinese, and The Practical Chinese Reader you type the chapter number desired.   For Integrated Chinese Book One and Book Two, you choose the chapter and section of the chapter by using the drop down list.   Integrated Chinese has two sections of vocabulary for each chapter and a section of "extra" words at the end of the chapter. Those are all listed separately.  Once you choose a book and chapter, hit the "Go" button and you will see the list of vocabulary on a new results page.  You can print that, or you can add all of the items to your account so you can use printable lists to make flash cards, use on-line flash cards, or take quizzes.

Complete instructions for using Ting with Beginning Chinese and Integrated Chinese are also found in links at the bottom of the dictionary search page.

Your Account

1.  New Accounts:  Once you have established a username and password, you may add words and phrases to the account and then, on the Review Planner, choose samples to study.  You can print lists, use flash cards, and take quizzes.

2.  Time Limits:  If, after opening an account, you do not use it for two (2) weeks it will be closed.  If you do use it, it will stay open unless there is six months of inactivity.  That should be long enough for students who might take a language course, skip a semester, and then take the next course.  If you wait longer than that you should begin your review at the beginning.

3.  DEMO:  If you simply want to take a look at the features of the Study Center or demonstrate to you students, please use the Username = sample, Password = sample account.

4.  Account Limits:  Accounts are limited to 1,000 items.  After you have reached the thousand item limit, when you add new items to your account, earliest items will be dropped.

5.  Privacy:  No cookies are sent to your machine.  Your e-mail address will only be used for items you request directly, such as your password.

6.  Editing:  If you want to change your password, or anything else, you may modify your account by going to Account Edit.

7.  Password:  If you forget your password, you can also go to Account Edit and enter your username and e-mail address and we will send your password to your e-mail address.  Many people have three or four standard passwords that they use on the Internet so they don't have to remember hundreds of passwords.  Don't use your e-mail as your password.   Recently (2012) there was a hack at Yahoo that yielded all sorts of e-mail addresses because they used them as passwords.   The e-mail addresses were them spammed.  It is unlikely that anyone would bother with hacking this site, but it is better to be safe than sorry.   The best thing is to have a really "safe" password for your important accounts, and some other "easy" password for accounts like this one.   A "safe" password has nothing to do with your life, your interests, or the birthdays of your relatives.   It includes Capital letters and numbers as well as the little letters.   It is not an word.  

8.  Standard Disclaimer:  We are not responsible for the loss of information in your account.

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Last update: July 2012
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