Learning Chinese Characters

Learning Chinese Characters

A Revolutionary New Way to Learn and Remember the 800 Most Basic Chinese Characters

Book - 2007
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Tuttle Pub
This user–friendly book is aimed at helping students of Mandarin Chinese learn and remember Chinese characters.

At last—there is a truly efficient and enjoyable way to learn Chinese characters! This book helps students to learn and remember both the meanings and the pronunciations of over 800 characters. This otherwise daunting task is made more accessible by the use of techniques based on the psychology of learning and memory. Fundamental principles include the use of visual imagery, the visualization of short "stories," and the systematic building up of more complicated characters from basic building blocks.

Although Learning Chinese Characters is a comprehensive book intended for students, it can be used by anyone with an interest in Chinese characters, without any prior knowledge of Chinese. It can be used alongside (or after, or even before) a course in the Chinese language. All characters are simplified (as in mainland China) but traditional characters are also given, when available.

Key features:
  • Specially designed pictures and stories are used in a structured way to make the learning process more enjoyable and effective, reducing the need for rote learning to the absolute minimum.
  • The emphasis throughout is on learning and remembering the meanings and pronunciations of the characters. Tips are also included on learning techniques and how to avoid common problems.
  • Characters are introduced in a logical sequence, which also gives priority to learning the most common characters first.
  • Modern simplified characters are used, with pronunciations given in pinyin. Key information is given for each character, including radical, stroke–count, traditional form, compounds, and guidance on writing the character.

This is a practical guide with a clear, concise and appealing layout, and it is well–indexed with clear lookup methods. The 800 Chinese characters and 1,033 compounds specified for the original HSK Level A proficiency test are covered.
Prioritized by HSK grade, this introduction to Chinese characters is an effective learning tool

Publisher: Tokyo ; Rutland, VT : Tuttle Pub., c2007
ISBN: 9780804838160
Characteristics: 383 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Matthews, Laurence 1953-


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Yupoutin Nov 01, 2014

Really awesome book. Teaches you characters from easiest to hardest in a step by step manner. Good for learning stroke order and building your vocabulary.

There are also stories to help you remember each character and tone but I don't find them that helpful. If you're better at remembering the stories, that might help you.

Jun 21, 2010

Provides useful pictoral base for many characters.


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