Preparing for the Vocabulary Quiz
Before taking this quiz, I encourage you to spend some time learning and reviewing the vocabulary items in Memrise: Lesson 1 "First Contact".
Typing Chinese Characters for Quiz Responses
You will be expected to type responses using English, pinyin, and Chinese characters for quizzes and tests this semester. Before taking the quiz, you should set up your device to type in Chinese characters. You can use either simplified or traditional characters for your responses.
Here are some tips for how to set up your device to type Chinese characters using a pinyin input keyboard. If you do not see your device or operating system listed here, please check for instructions online, or feel free to contact me.
- Setting up a pinyin keyboard to type Chinese characters on a Mac laptop
- Setting up a pinyin keyboard to type Chinese characters on a Windows laptop or tablet
- Setting up a pinyin keyboard to type Chinese characters on a Chromebook computer
- Setting up a pinyin keyboard to type Chinese characters on an iPhone
- Setting up a pinyin keyboard to type Chinese characters on an Android phone
Once you have set up your pinyin keyboard, you'll use that to type responses on the quiz that require Chinese characters.
Typing Pinyin for Quiz Responses
For quiz questions requiring a response in pinyin, remember:
Always include tone marks. Pinyin without tone marks is not correct pinyin!
There are two different ways to write tone marks in pinyin. The first is with diacritical marks, which are lines over certain vowels. This is how you will generally find pinyin presented in lessons for this course. These are example of words in pinyin with diacritical marks:
- nǐ hǎo
- yí jiàn
- yí ge
- yì zhī
- bù néng
- bú yào
Alternatively, you could instead use numeric tone marks, using numbers to represent the tones, as follows:
- ni3 hao3
- yi2 jian4
- yi2 ge or yi2 ge5
- yi4 zhi1
- bu4 neng2
- bu2 yao4
I recommend that you use numeric tone marks when completing the quizzes, tests and exams on Laulima for this course, as they will be easier to type. The numbers should go at the end of each syllable. Thus:
- ni3 hao3 is correct
- ni3 ha3o is not correct
You can take both the lesson 1 and lesson 2 vocabulary quizzes using the Homework & Tests tool. These vocab quizzes are graded, but they can be taken in an open-book format. If you have multiple devices, you might consider using two devices to avail yourself of the open-book format, using one device to refer to the lesson dialogues and vocabulary lists while taking the quiz on another device.
You should finish your first attempt for these quizzes by about 11:30 pm on Sunday.
Reattempt Each Quiz as Needed
You can also take each quiz multiple times. If you are unsatisfied with your score, review the items that were incorrect, and then try again. I will count only the highest score among your multiple attempts. Subsequent attempts can be taken at any time up to the last day of instruction this semester.
Review by Taking Each Quiz in Closed-book Format
All of the vocabulary quizzes and lesson tests this semester will be open-book and allow for multiple attempts. However, the midterm exam and final exam will each allow for only a single attempt.
Thus, even if you are satisfied with your scores on the vocab quizzes and lesson tests, in the event that those high scores were obtained only by relying heavily on reference materials or other assistance, you should still plan for additional closed-book attempts on the quizzes and tests. This way, you can continue to review while resting assured that you've already obtained the score you want. Quiz and lesson test retakes, forcing yourself to adopt a closed-book format, is an excellent way to prepare for the midterm and final exams.