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By Laurence Matthews, Alison Matthews

This user–friendly ebook is geared toward supporting scholars of Mandarin chinese language research and take into accout chinese language characters.

At last—there is a very potent and stress-free method to research chinese language characters! This publication is helping scholars to profit and keep in mind either the meanings and the pronunciations of over 800 characters. This in a different way daunting activity is made more straightforward by way of strategies in accordance with the psychology of leaning and reminiscence. key rules comprise using visible imagery, the visualization of brief "stories," and the systematic increase of extra advanced characters from simple development blocks.

Although Learning chinese language Characters is essentially a e-book for severe freshmen of Mandarin chinese language, it may be utilized by an individual with an curiosity in chinese language characters, with none earlier wisdom of chinese language. it may be used along (or after, or maybe ahead of) a path within the chinese. All characters are simplified (as in mainland China) yet conventional characters also are given, while available.

Key features:

• in particular designed images and tales are utilized in a based method to make the educational method extra stress-free and potent, lowering 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. counsel also are incorporated on studying strategies and the way to prevent universal problems.
• Characters are brought in a logical series, which additionally supplies precedence to studying the most typical characters first.
• smooth simplified characters are used, with pronunciations given in pinyin. Key info is given for every personality, together with radical, stroke–count, conventional shape, compounds, and counsel on writing the character.

This is a realistic advisor with a transparent, concise and beautiful format, and it truly is well–indexed with effortless look–up equipment. The 800 chinese language characters and 1,033 compounds precise for the unique HSK point A talent try out are lined.

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In the course of writing this book, we found that they developed personalities of their own, related to the original reasons we chose them: Giant Slow, placid, often found working as a handyman. The high, flat 1st tone represents his size and slowness to change. Fairy Flits about, tends to conjure up helpful objects rather than simply granting wishes. The upward sloping accent for 2nd tone resembles her wand. Teddy Somewhat mischievous and irresponsible, unlikely to take things too seriously. The down-up 3rd tone represents the way he bounces around playfully.

These numbers are averages taken from huge samples compiled on the internet — the actual numbers will vary from one piece of text to another of course). To begin with there will be a fair number of basic building blocks, but as we go on, composite characters will predominate more and more. Already, with the basic building 7% Chapter 1 blocks we have met, we could build the characters 什, 休, 早, 但, 查 and 唱, which are all in Level A (as well as plenty of other characters in later HSK levels). But let’s not be in too much of a rush to introduce every possible character we can form from the available building blocks just yet.

On this first page there are some new basic building blocks. Learn their meanings using the character pictures given. The “wheel stories” (for remembering their pronunciations) are in the main part of the chapter, along with some composite characters which use these basic building blocks. 子 丨 child stick 八 tent eight 儿 丶 boy a drop 勹 囗 wrap enclosed 31 子 17 zi child radical 子 3 strokes Very occasionally characters have a “neutral” tone, and this is represented by a fifth archetype, a robot. There are only a few robot stories in this book.

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