One of the most time-consuming and frustrating aspects of
learning a foreign language is having to flip back and forth
between material in textbooks and on audio tapes. This CD-ROM will
end that frustration for intermediate students of modern Chinese.
It combines the textual content of a Chinese-language textbook with
sound files that present the native-speaker pronunciation
ordinarily found on tapes and also includes supplementary drills
and tools designed to enhance vocabulary and comprehension.
The CD, designed for use on Macintosh systems, is based on the
two-book set published by Princeton University Press: "Intermediate
Reader of Modern Chinese: Text" and "Intermediate Reader of Modern
Chinese: Vocabulary, Sentence Patterns, and Exercises." It displays
text from the original lessons (in both traditional and simplified
characters) in a "Lesson Text Window" with buttons that link
vocabulary terms and the text to sound. The pronunciation and
definition of vocabulary terms are displayed in a separate
"Definition Window." Vocabulary terms are also shown in a larger
font in a "Characters Window," while English translation is
displayed in the "Translation Window." Also included are a flash
card module for learning vocabulary and modules for reading and
listening comprehension. The CD is designed for use in second-year
The minimum software and hardware requirements are: System 7.0
or above; a 68040 or PowerPC Macintosh; 10 MB of hard disk space
for the minimum installation, or 62 MB for the full installation; 2
MB of memory for 68040 Macs, or 4 MB for PowerPC Macs with virtual
memory turned off, or 2 MB for PowerPC Macs with virtual memory
turned on. Playing the 22 khz sounds may require a larger memory
Audio and video materials are available for use with this text.
For further information, contact the Chinese Linguistics Project,
231 Palmer Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J. 08544.
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