Learning Chinese Characters: A Revolutionary New Way to by Laurence Matthews, Alison Matthews

By Laurence Matthews, Alison Matthews

This user–friendly booklet is aimed toward supporting scholars of Mandarin chinese language research and keep in mind chinese language characters.

At last—there is a really powerful and relaxing option to research chinese language characters! This publication is helping scholars to profit and take into account either the meanings and the pronunciations of over 800 characters. This another way daunting activity is made more uncomplicated by way of strategies in line with the psychology of leaning and reminiscence. key ideas comprise using visible imagery, the visualization of brief "stories," and the systematic build up of extra advanced characters from easy construction blocks.

Although Learning chinese language Characters is essentially a publication for severe freshmen of Mandarin chinese language, it may be utilized by somebody with an curiosity in chinese language characters, with none past wisdom of chinese language. it may be used along (or after, or perhaps sooner than) a direction within the chinese. All characters are simplified (as in mainland China) yet conventional characters also are given, whilst available.

Key features:

• in particular designed photographs and tales are utilized in a based approach to make the educational approach extra stress-free and potent, decreasing the necessity for rote studying to absolutely the minimum.
• The emphasis all through is on learning and remembering the meanings and pronunciations of the characters. assistance also are incorporated on studying innovations and the way to prevent universal problems.
• Characters are brought in a logical series, which additionally offers precedence to studying the commonest characters first.
• glossy simplified characters are used, with pronunciations given in pinyin. Key details is given for every personality, together with radical, stroke–count, conventional shape, compounds, and assistance on writing the character.

This is a realistic consultant with a transparent, concise and beautiful structure, and it really is well–indexed with effortless look–up equipment. The 800 chinese language characters and 1,033 compounds targeted for the unique HSK point A skillability attempt are lined.

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The characters will stay in your memory for longer after each testing. And this effect continues on after a week too. For example, if you checked a given chapter a week ago, it should last for a month, and then a monthly check will last for 3 months, etc. 36 Chapter 2 We’ll end this chapter with a few words about compounds. As mentioned in the introduction, characters are used together to form “compounds” or multi-syllable words. Numbers are some of the easiest examples of compounds: 十二 shíèr twelve 十四 shísì fourteen 三十一 sänshíyï thirty one 二十 èrshí twenty 四十 sìshí forty More generally, two-syllable words are formed by combining two characters: 女人 nÛrén woman 杯子 bëizi cup, mug, glass 儿子 érzi son 女儿 nÛ’èr daughter The pronunciation of a compound is just given by the pronunciation of the characters spoken (or written) one after the other.

There will be a mixture of recent characters and those you learned some time ago — and the same character may be tested more than once in the book. Test yourself: 好(18) 二(2) 他(13) 儿(21) 也(8) 一(1) 八(20) 十(4) 个(19) 人(12) 三(3) 口(5) 几(7) 子(17) Of course you may well want to test yourself systematically as well, by running through all the characters you have learned. It’s a good idea at the end of a session to test yourself on the characters you’ve just learned, then do this again after an hour or two, then after 1 day, 3 days and a week.

30) 人(12) 文(25) 儿(21) 正(29) 她(16) 这(26) 中(33) 们(28) 我(32) 四(24) 门(27) 力(14) 手(31) 40a “thumb tack” “Thumb tack” is our name for this shape which is found at the top of some characters, and which looks like a squashed nail which has got slightly bent. 47 百 40 bâi hundred radical 白 6 strokes thumb tack (40a) + sun 日(6) = hundred 百 You might feel that this character could be split into “one” plus “white”, and you’d be right. There will be quite a few cases where there might seem to be a choice as to how a character can be broken down into building blocks.

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