Here’s a quick tip for using the tags feature in Hanping Chinese Dictionary for Android.
What I do create situational tags for all those times when I find myself grasping at word on the tip of my tongue, but can’t remember. For instance, I have a tag for fruit, within which I’ve added all the exotic fruit that I like to eat here in Taiwan. So when I turn up at the fruit stall all I need to do is open the list and all of the vocab I need is right there. It’s essentially a cheatsheet, but customised for the situations that are meaningful to you.
If you’re using Hanping Pro you can take this to the next level and make a widget out of your list, so that it always appears on your home screen. You can flick through the list with your thumb without having to open the main dictionary app making it extremely convenient – especially when the person at the fruit stand is patiently waiting for you to choose something.
As an aside, another good use for tags is recording words while reading. When I’m reading a Chinese language book and come across something interesting I usually add to it a list with the same name as the book. This makes it easy to find those words again in the future.
Do you have any good uses for tags and lists?