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help with Chinese

I can't remember the Chinese characters anything that will help?

Thanks Hannah

January 15, 2018


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    Creating a notebook. Where you would write: the hanzi (sign) - it's meaning - pronounciation (possibly in pinyin) - translation of the word. And example sentences. That way, you would remember the words better and at the same time learn to practice writing them :)


    For Japanese I've used this book/method called "Remembering the Kanji" by James Heisig. Apparently they have the Chinese equivalents now (Remembering the Traditional/Simplified Hanzi). It basically works like this: you break each character down into its basic graphic elements, each one of them with a keyword assigned. Then one creates little stories in which the elements are combined to create the meaning of the full character. You can find a free sample of the first lessons online. Have a look, and see if it works for you.


    Maybe one of the Hanzi memorization books might help:

    1) the mentioned James W. Heisig's series - Remembering Traditional Hanzi: Book, How Not to Forget the Meaning and Writing of Chinese Characters or Remembering Simplified Hanzi: How Not to Forget the Meaning and Writing of Chinese Characters.

    2) Alan Hoenig's series - Learn to Read Chinese Fast! Simplified Characters: Master 2,197 Characters in No Time or Traditional Chinese Characters: Learn & Remember 2,193 Character Meanings.

    3) Gilbert C. Remillard's Chinese Blockbuster: Learn to read simplified and traditional Chinese characters and to pronounce them in Mandarin by bringing their building blocks ... drama and a few memory tricks series.


    Learning the characters is a big problem. One way is a get a notebook and write them over and over. I know it takes time, I’ve done it myself, but there is no easy way.

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