Mandarin


Resources:

TV:

Radio:

Reading:

Writing:

Places:

Vocabulary:

Dialogue

My personal favorite is -

Lesson Thirty-Nine. Computers and Internet.

Vocabulary and expressions in Mandarin Chinese related to using a computer and Internet. Working with files and folders, chatting in Chinese with your buddies on MSN. Your computer has crashed! Tell your Chinese online friend that you need to restart your computer and that you will be back online in a moment.

Speech Synthesis

According to Wikipedia, Leopard is supposed to include a Chinese speech engine.

Mac Input Methods and info:

Notes on Mobile Phones

So far, all I have is this page related to Chinese language support on Series 60 devices.

Notes on Mac Input Methods:

Since the vast majority of Asian input methods seem to work best with a US keyboard, it is a right pain to use them on a Portuguese keyboard. However, I've learned a few things that help:

  • The U.S. Extended keyboard layout lets you type Pinyin diacritical marks - go to International on System Preferences and enable it (it's the one that says Unicode, in case you have any doubts). Here's the basics (you can check these in Keyboard Viewer):
    • Alt+a for first tone
    • Alt+e for second tone
    • Alt+v for third tone
    • Alt+` (or Alt+< in a Portuguese keyboard) for fourth tone.
    • Alt+u for diaresis (umlaut mark)
  • Forget about Spotlight's key bindings. You really want to use Cmd+Space to switch input methods, it's the only sane way to do it without reaching for the mouse every 30 seconds.
  • Apple's Pinyin input method only works for Traditional Chinese, so you're likely to either want to try to figure out the other (PRC) input methods (ITABC sort of works for me, but I find it annoying to hit space for every character) or install OpenVanilla.