This week I’ve been defining user stories for our project in China, working on remembering vocabulary in a new Chinese text book and made a first prototype of my audio project.
I bought a new book to give myself some structure for taking my Chinese studying more seriously. It is the continuation of the books we used when I was studying at Zhejiang University in China and are originally developed for Chinese students who want to teach Chinese to foreigners. I find them a bit more interesting than the typical text books they have for foreigners learning Chinese. The texts are extracts from real Chinese novels targeting adults paired with exercise in grammar etc.
The first chapter is a few letters from Fu Lei, a famous translator of French novels, and his wife to his sons (who also were artists). They write about growing as an artist as well as discussing Chinese and Western art.
Finding a tutor on Italki
In order to give myself more motivation I also wanted to do Chinese lessons on italki more regularly.
I’ve uploaded the repository here
I’m working on an audio transcription side project to learn more about audio processing.
Last week I was trying in vain setting up WebRTC between the browser and a Python server using aiortc. I had manage to set up a basic example, but the audio quality was very bad, and I didn’t manage to start a data channel from the server side. I tried to remove the excess code from the example I started from but was constantly running into issues.
During a Google-session I found an example repository from Dialogflow where they are using RecordRTC and the support for binary files in socket.io to send audio buffers for processing. I set up an example and it seemed much easier. My new approach is to try to do as much audio processing in the frontend as possible and then send chunks to a server for transcribing. I managed to set up a basic example, next step is to learn a bit more about the web audio APIs.
It was my birthday, me and Giulia went to a staycation. We also had easter lunch at a Swedish restaurant here in Hong Kong which was very nice.