This message goes out to the Chinese studiers out there who want a little extra practice with speaking...
For a very limited time MIT's Spoken Language Systems research group is offering slots in a paid user-study of a new Mandarin vocabulary building tool. Between 1 and 4 years of Chinese experience is required. The study can be completed from anywhere with a fast enough Internet connection. The slots will be given out on a first-come-first-serve basis. A 10$ Amazon.com gift certificate will be given to participants who complete all the tasks (which should take less than an hour... maybe even less than 1/2 an hour).
You will need:
1. At least one year of Mandarin experience. (Must be comfortable with pinyin)
2. A reasonably fast Internet connection that can handle voice applications
3. A microphone (the quality of built-in laptop microphones might not be sufficient)
4. A Java-enabled Internet browser (Firefox for Linux/Windows and Internet Explorer for Windows are supported)
Unfortunately our system does not yet work on the Mac. Note that the system response time may be quite slow from overseas, so if it doesn't work for you... tell your State-side friends!
If you'd like to test whether or not your browser is capable of handling these requirements, try playing a game now at: http://web.sls.csail.mit.edu/chinesecards. You can, for example, click on the 'animals' category and choose "Word War" from the game menu that appears.
When you're ready to sign up for the study, check out the following web site:
http://web.sls.csail.mit.edu/chinesecar ... =493466202
If you already have a Chinese Cards account, you can sign up for the study with the same email address. Feel free to pass this opportunity on to your friends/students.
Chinese Cards Administrators,
Spoken Language Systems Group
M.I.T. Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
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