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Intro | Options Page | Prompt Side | Answer Side | Summary Page | Organize/Print Word List | Flashcard Printing | Keyboard Shortcuts

Introduction

Chinese Flashcards User's Guide

The YellowBridge Flashcards are designed to help students of the Chinese language memorize words and characters as efficiently as possible.

Free features include:

Premium features are available to YellowBridge subscribers. These features include:

Usage

The YellowBridge Flashcards work just like the real world cardboard flashcards. Each card contains a prompt side and an answer side. In a typical usage, you would cycle through the cards one at a time, viewing the prompt and attempting to pronounce the word. If unsure of your answer, you would then flip the card to the answer side.


Intro | Options Page | Prompt Side | Answer Side | Summary Page | Organize/Print Word List | Flashcard Printing | Keyboard Shortcuts

Options Page


Intro | Options Page | Prompt Side | Answer Side | Summary Page | Organize/Print Word List | Flashcard Printing | Keyboard Shortcuts

Prompt Side

The prompt side is presented in the Practice recognition or Practice recall modes. In the Practice recognition mode, the prompt will be a Chinese word while in the Practice Recall mode, the prompt will be Pinyin, the English translation, or a spoken Chinese word, depending on the options selected.

The Reshuffle button allows you randomize the order of the remaining cards from without starting a new session.


Intro | Options Page | Prompt Side | Answer Side | Summary Page | Organize/Print Word List | Flashcard Printing | Keyboard Shortcuts

Answer Side

The answer side contains the following fields:



Intro | Options Page | Prompt Side | Answer Side | Summary Page | Organize/Print Word List | Flashcard Printing | Keyboard Shortcuts

Summary Page

The Summary Page contains the following fields:


Intro | Options Page | Prompt Side | Answer Side | Summary Page | Organize/Print Word List | Flashcard Printing | Keyboard Shortcuts

Organize/Print Word List

The Organize option will display a tabular list of all the word in the currently selected word lists (as filtered out by the Exclude option). The first two columns contains two option menus which allows to set the difficulty levels for the word shown in the corresponding row. A separate difficulty level is maintained for the recognition and the recall modes. (Note: the system used to enforce a rule that would prevent the recognition difficulty level from being higher than the recall difficulty level. However, to allow greater usage flexibility, no such rule is enforced any longer). The difficulty levels can be Easy, Medium, and Hard. In addition, they can also be set to Omit. Words which should be set to Omit are those for which you have no interest in learning (for example, personal names or words your instructor has indicated you will not be tested on). By default, all words start with a difficulty level of Hard. Words which have never been ranked using this tool also receive a default difficulty level of Hard. When you are done setting the difficulty level, you must click on the Update List button shown at the bottom of the page in order to save your personalized difficulty levels. You may click on the Cancel button to discard your changes.

When you use any of the word review modes, you can exclude words based on their difficulty level. This feature greatly increases your word review efficiency and effectiveness.. Additionally, the word difficulty is maintained in your personal word inventory and used across all flashcards. This means that a word's difficulty level is the same even if you are studying from multiple textbooks or word lists.

To generate a printer-friendly listing of the words, click on the View Printer-Friendly List button. (View Sample).


Intro | Options Page | Prompt Side | Answer Side | Summary Page | Organize/Print Word List | Flashcard Printing | Keyboard Shortcuts

Flashcard Printing Instructions

The following instructions are for the "Print Flashcards" mode.

Software Requirements

If you have Acrobat Reader 6.0 or later, you should be able to view and print the sample outputs. However, if you have never printed any PDF documents containing Chinese text, you may not have the necessary Adobe Chinese fonts, which are different from the Chinese fonts used by your browser. If Acrobat Reader determines that you do not have the Chinese fonts from Adobe, it will ask for your permission to download them from the Adobe website. If you intend to print both traditional and simplified characters, you will need a separate font for each. You should allow the downloads to proceed or you will not be able to view and print the Chinese characters.

Using the documents from either of the following two rows, open the documents on each column in the order listed to ensure that you have the necessary fonts:

Sample Outputs

Letter size paper,
3.5x2 inch cards
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Both
A4 size paper,
85x54mm cards
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Both

If for any reason, the necessary fonts are not automatically downloaded, you may go the Adobe website and download and install them yourself. Just make sure that they correspond to the version of Adobe Reader that is installed in your computer.

To access the Print dialog within Acrobat Reader, click on the right mouse button and select Print...

Paper Requirements

You may use standard paper or perforated business card paper.

Printer Preparation

The flashcards are printed ten to a page in front-back, front-back sequence, i.e. all of the odd pages with contain the fronts (the prompt sides) while all of the even pages will contain the backs (the answer sides). If you are lucky enough to have access to a double-sided, then fire away and you are done! Otherwise, we will need to figure out to best to print double sided pages using a single sided printer. This isn't exactly rocket science but can be exasperating because some printers have tendency to jam or get misaligned. The following instructions assume that you have a printer that feeds pages short-edge first.

Printer Incompatibilities and Workaround

In a few isolated instances, there have been users who have reported that although the flashcard PDF is generated correctly, the printer is not able to print all of the text correctly, usually the Chinese characters or the pinyin text. The easiest solution is to print on a different that does not have the problem. Otherwise, you can try printing the PDF as an image. How you do that, unfortunately, will depend on your printer software. Usually there is an option hidden somewhere in the print dialog that allow you to print as an image. Note that the resulting print speed may be noticeably slower.


Intro | Options Page | Prompt Side | Answer Side | Summary Page | Organize/Print Word List | Flashcard Printing | Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts makes it possible for you to use the flashcards without using the mouse. Just press the keys shown in the table below. No additional Alt or Ctrl key combination is needed. (Keyboard shortcuts only work when the browser window containing the flashcards is the currently active window. If it is not the currently active window, simply click anywhere within the flashcard browser window to activate it.)

Command Shortcut
Previous
Flip or
Next
Wrong
Unsure or
Right

Tip for Remembering the Arrow Keys. The arrow key assignment takes advantage of the fact that most keyboards arrange the arrow keys such that the left arrow, down(up) arrow, and right arrow are arranged in a left to right sequence. This sequence matches the Previous/Flip/Next as well as the Wrong/Unsure/Right flashcard button sequence.

The arrow key shortcut are particularly useful in conjunction with the Recall mode because it makes it possible to easily flip the cards using one hand while using the other to write out the Chinese characters on a piece of paper.


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