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Ting means listen in Chinese.  It is a place to study Chinese and English. You can focus on a topic and learn related vocabulary, use the review pages to study pinyin, characters, English, or test your ability to listen and comprehend. In the study center you will be able to look up words and hear them spoken by several different people. You can save your words to your account so you can use flash cards, review lists, and quizzes based on your vocabulary.  One of the nicer things is that there are sentences, also spoken by several people, to illustrate the use of the more common words.

Games will help you build character recognition and vocabulary.  The stories will enhance your listening skills and grammar as you become more advanced.

You will want to be able to see Chinese characters and hear mp3 sound files, there are instructions for each below.


Information on How To Use Ting

  • Read Me

  • A general introduction to using Ting as a learning tool. Whether you are an independent learner or are taking a class in Chinese or English, you have a lot of work to do to train your brain. There's no way to avoid the work, but here are some hints for more efficient learning.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • Instructions for and information about Ting. Instructions for downloading Chinese readers and fonts for PC, Linux, and Mac.  How to see Chinese characters, hear the sound files, use the search pages, and some basics about pinyin and such.
  • How to See Chinese Characters

  • It can be just as frustrating to learn how to use a computer to study language as to study the language itself.

    Try this first: If you are using Windows 98 and have installed the Chinese fonts such as SimSun, go to:

    In Netscape: View --> Character Set --> choose "Simplified Chinese (GB2312)."
    In Internet Explorer: View --> Encoding --> More --> choose "Chinese Simplified (GB2312)" and uncheck AutoSelect at the top of the menu list.

    If you already have a Chinese system, you may choose to open it.  If none of that made any sense, there is more information in the FAQ.
  • Sound

  • How to hear the sound files...The sound files are compressed mp3 with a .wav header. The format was chosen for size and quality. Some plug-ins will interfere with the sound files.
  • About Numbers

  • Hints on how to study numbers.
  • About Money

  • Now here is a practical use for numbers!
  • Search Instructions

  • How to use the Ting Search Page.
  • Credits and Copyright

  • Lots of people have volunteered their time to help you learn a language...because they know how hard a new language is and they believe their language will bring them closer to you.

    The Study Center

  • Topics or Topics-Text Index

  • Computers, weather, money, sports, tongue twisters, expression to impress your teacher -- Choose a topic to focus on related words which have strong associations.  Then work with those words to build new sentences and paragraphs.

    Most topics have randomized review pages for pinyin, character, English, and just the sound.

    Special pages help you learn pinyin, practice with the four tones, or learn the dynasties of China.
  • Search

  • Ting is a database dictionary of basic vocabulary and sentences. You can search the dictionary in English, Chinese characters, or pinyin.  If you can't type Chinese characters, you can copy characters from the pages of Ting and enter them into the search box.

    You don't need to login to search for words, but you will need to have an account if you want to save your search results.

  • Search Instructions

  • How to use the Ting Search Page.

  • Search Instructions -- in Chinese

  • You must have either a Chinese system or Chinese fonts for your browser to view this page.

  • Login

  • You can login to your account now or when you enter the Study Center.
  • Review Page

  • Once you add words and sentences to your account, come here to plan your review!
      • 1. Choose a sample from your account;  either recent words or a sample from the whole account.
      • 2. Choose a method to study -- flashcards, review lists, or print a review list.
      • 3. Indicate how many you want to study at one time.
      • 4. Take a quiz based on your study sample.

  • New Account

  • Open an account so you can use the Study Center.

    Save words and phrases to your account on the SEARCH page and then use Flashcards, Review Lists, or Printable Review Lists to study.  You can test yourself on quizzes based on the words you have placed in your account stack.

    You'll never loose an index card again!

    Yes, it's free.

  • Edit Account

  • If you want to change your e-mail address or want to change your password or other specifications click here.

    If you forgot your password we can send it to your e-mail address.

    Games and Stories

  • Game Index

  • Games, stories, maps, and other activities to play around with English and Chinese.
    Concentration, number games, all sorts of stuff. Some games do not work if plug-ins such as QuickTime (TM) are installed. Please read the directions.
  • Numbers

  • Learning the numbers is easy, using numbers in a foreign language is harder.  You have to relearn your math. Don't translate. Learn to say the number when you see it!
  • Speed Numbers

  • Say the number, click for the next, say it, then click again. Watch your time. When you can say the numbers in your new language about as fast as you can in your native language -- you are ready for longer numbers!
  • About Money

  • Now here is a practical use for numbers!
  • Talking Maps

  • Hold your mouse over a State or Province to see the name. Click on a State or Province to get more information
    and hear the name.
  • Stories

  • Stories read by Chinese and English speakers.  Click on each sentence as you read, or listen to a whole section.  At the moment, there are two Sherlock Holmes stories read in English.

    Other Resources

  • China Experience or China Experience-Text Index

  • Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an -- the Great Wall, Summer Palace and the Forbidden City.  Lots of pictures and brief histories.
  • Bibliographies

  • Bibliographies of Chinese history, economics, science,
    women in history, and others.

    Bibliographies of specialized dictionaries.

    Lists of publishers' addresses.

  • Database Download

  • Here is a database of a thousand words with which you can play.  If you have Paradox 5 or 10 or a spreadsheet program like Quattro Pro or Excel, all of which support Chinese characters, you might want to try to add your own vocabulary.
  • Guest Book

  • Come in, make yourselves at home. Relax, leave a message,
    talk with one another, exchange information.

    Last update: February, 2002
    © Marilyn Shea 2002