By Michael Robinson on June 13, 2009, Filed in: Skritter
I’ve been wanting a device like this for a long time, but it wasn’t until recently that I actually needed one. I’ve started using the online Chinese character learning service, Skritter, and have found that it really helps me learn (and remember) new words.
By Michael Robinson on May 18, 2009, Filed in: Chinese | Competition
I took part in this competition a few weeks ago. I had to learn the below speech off by heart and present it to a panel of three judges and the audience at the Chinese Consulate in Auckland. I’m not big on public speaking.
By Michael Robinson on September 21, 2008, Filed in: Chinese | Competition
By Michael Robinson on September 14, 2008, Filed in: Beijing | China | Chinese | Hangzhou | Review | Shanghai
The site is split into various pages, with pages for individual Chinese cities (Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Beijing being my favourites), the Chinese language, food and museums, to name a few. The site is incredibly well organized: the home page consists of a selection of small boxes, each box representing a category of Chinese sites. At first I did think this was a little weird, I’m used to sites having a main content area with either a vertical or horizontal navigation menu. After clicking around the site though, and discovering the amount of information that has been packed in, I understand why the creator chose this method of displaying the information. Now I’m used to it, I can’t see why more sites haven’t copied the layout!