Editorial Reviews. Review. "I highly recommend this approach to learning Chinese characters, "The teaching strategy of this book uses mnemonics for Chinese character learning. It introduces the formation methods of Chinese characters. "This book really does have the characters you need to know for a basic understanding of Mandarin. I like the fact that it supplies a proper grid, gives you both. Since I started learning to read and write (kind of) I've become fascinated by the etymology of characters and this book provides a little insight.

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Learning Chinese Characters book. Read 10 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. This user—friendly book is aimed at helping students of. Tuttle Learning Chinese Characters: Volume 1 by Alison Matthews, , available at Book Depository with free delivery. This user–friendly book is aimed at helping students of Mandarin Chinese learn and remember Chinese characters. At last—there is a truly effective and.

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I love this book's ideas. Im still usi 1st review: I came across this book in the library.

Im still using this book as a reference. If you want to try out this book, i would suggest you to follow the instruction and how-to-use advice from the author, such as learning chapter in order then you can jump to where you need. The first few chapters to give you an idea how to use the story-memory and pictures technique to connect characters to their meaning.

Then you are free to use other Chinese grammar book. When you want to learn about the character that you see in the grammar or beginner Chinese book, use this book as a beginner dictionary.

Go to index search for the pinyin of that character that you see in the other book, then this book will give you the number of that character that you can go there and learn how to memorise them. I found it very helpful. Dont expect to remember all of them.

Sometimes you might not remember, when I can remember, i go back to the stories that I read. This memory revise process is faster and help me memorise them longer. Well, not everyone will follow just one technique.

Personally, this one suit me. I eventually moved to Taipei to step up my learning and dive into the writing system on an academic level.

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While I was taking language classes and studying Chinese as hard as I could, I also kept learning about the characters.

I audited an intro to Chinese palaeography course in the Chinese department at NTNU as soon as my Chinese was good enough, and the following year I took a full load of graduate-level coursework in palaeography and Chinese linguistics.


Believe me, along the way I learned a lot about characters and how to learn them. This is why mnemonic techniques are so effective.

The problem with these mnemonic techniques is that they often obscure how the character is actually structured. Many of them ignore the function that a particular component plays in the character, and they often break down the character in ways that hide the logic of the underlying system.

But knowing this system gives your mind a mental framework into which you can put new characters, reinforces characters you already know, and makes it easier to learn characters in the future.

In fact, understanding something is tantamount to making it more meaningful to you, which means that increasing your understanding of how the Chinese writing system works is tantamount to increasing the effectiveness of your learning. So it seems that the most effective way to learn characters would be one which combines powerful mnemonic techniques with a correct understanding of how characters work.

And to do this, we need better tools and more efficient learning methods. Academics like Victor Mair and David Moser have written fairly extensively about the need for a better, more etymologically accurate way to teach characters.

To truly understand how the modern Chinese writing system works, you have to trace it all the way back to its earliest forms.

And to understand how sound components in Chinese work, you have to trace the spoken language all the way back to the creation of the characters. Functional components are the parts of a character form which express sound or meaning.

What you may not realize is that there are two types of semantic components: form components and meaning components. So there are four types of functional components: form components, meaning components, sound components, and empty components.Brady Frey rated it liked it Jan 20, Tuttle Learning Chinese Characters: Facebook Comments. When trying to learn the first Chinese Characters, this book was a lot better than anything else I found.

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