New Web 2.0 Chinese distance learning site launched
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New Web 2.0 Chinese distance learning site launched

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Onsales Global Services Inc. launched China-8.com, a distance learning website that is based on emerging Web 2 technologies. The site uses Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (Ajax) to deliver a new way for students of Chinese and China enthusiasts vising China for travel or business to study Chinese, communicate, and share their knowledge of Mandarin and of China.

China-8.com uses a desktop metaphor to give users a personalized space where they can learn Chinese, put what they have learnt to use using the communication tools, and share their knowledge and experiences of China by uploading photos and videos. Current widgets include multimedia lessons with videos, dialogs, grammar, and interactive exercises; a 3-way multimedia dictionary extensible with user-generated content; smart flashcards with Chinese pinyin and character test modes; a user-generated China wiki; and instant messaging and chat with audio and video conferencing.

China-8.com aims to cater to the Chinese learning and community needs of the estimated 30 million people currently studying Chinese around the world with tools that encourage the learning process not hinder it. China-8.com's lessons are based on the Hanyu Shuiping Koushi (HSK) curriculum

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