Learning Chinese Characters

Learning Chinese Characters

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"Learning and Remembering Chinese Characters" provides a systematic study aid designed with the psychological principles to ease and bear on the daunting process of learning Chinese characters. One of the key principles is the use of visual imagery. It has a modern approach: use of simplified characters and pinyin with little emphasis on historical etymology and is learning-oriented, using visual and imaginative memorisation techniques from the psychology of learning with tips on learning habits and an introduction to concepts in gentle progression. For ease of use, characters are introduced in a logical order but prioritised by usefulness (by HSK grade and as measured by frequency of occurrence in Chinese). A practical guide, it has a concise, clear and appealing layout and is well-indexed with easy to-look-up methods. It covers the list of Chinese characters for HSK levels A and part of B. The contents include: Introduction, The nature and purpose of the book, Chinese characters (Building blocks, etc.), Visual imagery and stories, Learning strategies, How to write Chinese characters and More about Chinese characters.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 28mm | 698.53g
  • Tuttle Publishing
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • lin
  • 080483816X
  • 9780804838160
  • 23,010

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"Tuttle Learning Chinese Characters by Alison Matthews and Laurence Matthews is an excellent beginners book! I really wanted to learn this for making some fun and beautiful cards and messages on scrapbook pages! Plus, the bonus of learning characters in Chinese! I know how popular characters are for tattooing and always wondered how about making some decorative cards with a character or few to design it!" --Test Try Results blogshow more

About Alison Matthews

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.show more

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124 ratings
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Our customer reviews

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.show more
by Melanie Soden
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