Learning Chinese Characters: v. 1

Learning Chinese Characters: v. 1

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By (author) Alison Matthews, By (author) Laurence Matthews

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  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 28mm | 699g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Boston
  • ISBN 10: 080483816X
  • ISBN 13: 9780804838160
  • Illustrations note: lin
  • Sales rank: 17,872

Product description

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 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 easier by the use of techniques based on the psychology of learning and memory. key 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 primarily a book for serious learners of Mandarin Chinese, 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 easy look-up methods. The 800 Chinese characters and 1,033 compounds specified for the original HSK Level A proficiency test are covered.

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Author information

Alison Matthews is a statistician who has worked in the oil, aviation, tourism, medical and software industries. Laurence Matthews is the author of the "Kanji Fast Finder" and "Chinese Character Fast Finder" books.

Customer reviews

By Melanie Soden 14 Oct 2013 5

This book gives us a great visual memory story for each character which helps us to remember the definition, the pronunciation, the tone and if you use your memory well, even how you write it. It is a great supplement to other books if you are learning Chinese. I think the approach is great...some stories stick in my mind easier than others, but I am pleased how quickly it is working for me.

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"Studying Chinese characters is an exercise in getting individual masses of strokes to form meaning in one's mind. "Learning Chinese Characters: A Revolutionary New Way to Learn and Remember the 800 Most Basic Chinese Characters," published by Tuttle, helps this process with a comprehensive method using story and image." -- Vision Times