Dialogue flashcards - sentences instead of words

#1
Very easy for me to put words into Plecos flashcard system, but what about for dialogue - like a sentence?

For ex, is it possible to take a sentence from Chinesepod that I studied and turn it into a flashcard? Is the answer to just custom create a card?
 
#2
Hi Jordan,

absolutely, that's possible. Either you tap them in as a new custom flashcard on the smartphone, or you prepare a tab-delimited list of the Hanzi, pinyin, and the English translations which you can then import. You may also leave out the pinyin because Pleco can derive it from the Hanzi, but that process isn't quite error-free because computers can't yet know for certain how to segment the words.

The import process is described here:

http://android.pleco.com/manual/310/flash.html#importexportfileformat

and here:

http://android.pleco.com/manual/310/flash.html#import

Hope this helps,

Shun
 
#3
you prepare a tab-delimited list of the Hanzi, pinyin, and the English translations which you can then import. You may also leave out the pinyin because Pleco can derive it from the Hanzi, but that process isn't quite error-free because computers can't yet know for certain how to segment the words.
Hi Jordan,

absolutely, that's possible. Either you tap them in as a new custom flashcard on the smartphone, or you prepare a tab-delimited list of the Hanzi, pinyin, and the English translations which you can then import. You may also leave out the pinyin because Pleco can derive it from the Hanzi, but that process isn't quite error-free because computers can't yet know for certain how to segment the words.

The import process is described here:

http://android.pleco.com/manual/310/flash.html#importexportfileformat

and here:

http://android.pleco.com/manual/310/flash.html#import

Hope this helps,

Shun
Hi Jordan,

absolutely, that's possible. Either you tap them in as a new custom flashcard on the smartphone, or you prepare a tab-delimited list of the Hanzi, pinyin, and the English translations which you can then import. You may also leave out the pinyin because Pleco can derive it from the Hanzi, but that process isn't quite error-free because computers can't yet know for certain how to segment the words.

The import process is described here:

http://android.pleco.com/manual/310/flash.html#importexportfileformat

and here:

http://android.pleco.com/manual/310/flash.html#import

Hope this helps,

Shun
I'm still not clear on where or how to go about typing this information. Is it in a word doc, or do I type it on some other software or some specific app and save it before I can follow the steps of importing? I'm not tech savy, and I'm sorry if that was already explained in the links you posted, but I didn't see it.

Thank you, Shun!
 
#4
Yeah, a certain small degree of tech savvy will be required. It isn't a Word document, but plain text.

I still suggest you try to read through these parts of the manual at some point, which really aren't hard to understand, especially if you consult Google from time to time, but I will briefly outline the process below, so other beginners can benefit, as well:

I recommend the following procedure:
  1. You open a new, empty spreadsheet on your Mac/PC. (Excel, Numbers or perhaps LibreOffice Calc)
  2. In the first cell at the top left, you type "// <<name of your flashcard list>>". (with the name your flashcard list should have, without the "<<" and ">>")
  3. In the cell below it, you enter the first Chinese sentence. (setting your Mac’s/PC‘s input mode to Simplified or Traditional Chinese)
  4. In the cell to its right, you enter the pinyin pronunciation of the Chinese sentence on the same line. You need to be aware of the pinyin format used. It's the syllable without the tone, immediately followed by the tone number and then a space where a new word starts.
  5. In the cell to its right (in the third column), you enter the sentence's translation in your language.
So you enter all your sentences like this (don't forget to Save along the way so you don't lose your work), and when you're done, you can select the three columns and choose Copy to copy the sentences into the clipboard. There, they should automatically have the tab-delimited format that is required by Pleco's importer. Next, you open a text editor like BBEdit, Notepad, Notepad++ (just google for it) and paste in the data. One last thing you need to do is remove two tabs after the first line that starts with "//", because they aren't needed there.

Then, you save the text file and email it to yourself, open the email and save the attachment on your Android smartphone to your Downloads directory, for example. You open Pleco, choose Import/Export from the sidebar, then select the file you just saved, and start the import. Then the flashcards will end up in a category named by your "// <<name of your flashcard list>>" line in the text file.

For all the rest, I recommend that you read through the whole, not so long manual with the help of Google. Your effort will be rewarded.
 
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