I have been learning mandarin Chinese for a few years, and I searched for an open source learning software to help me with that. Since I couldn’t find anything that I like enough, I finally wrote my own software and I would like to share it with interested people here, and maybe hear feedback from them.
You can see screen shots and download the program on the website : code.google.com/p/laoshi/
There are versions for both windows and ubuntu (sorry no mac version.)
The software takes it data from several other very good free projects :
- cc-cedict (cc-cedict.org/), a free English-Chinese dictionary
- The audio files come from swac-collections.org/, a french project of free audio samples for different languages
- The characters strokes are aggregated from both dragon-char.sourceforge.net/
So feel free to give a try, everything is free, you can copy, modify and distribute it if you feel like it.