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Chinese Tinycard 500 Basic Characters

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    So I bought this book for myself, it's quite old but hold true still. From the explanation it states that it's 500 characters that will get you towards a B level (whatever that is). Anywho you can take a look if you want, and if you have some suggestions on how to make it better let me know.

    Questions Can you do line breaks? Add audio? Any suggestions on making it useful for typing questions? ( I was thinking of putting the pinyin and character on one side would do so.)


    Plan to have it done in in 20 days.

    June 19, 2018



    I tried the first lesson, but think the characters for four (四) and five (五) are mixed up in the exercises. But thanks for sharing, keep up the good work and good luck following through! I'm looking forward to completing the entire course.

    In any case, have you checked out Chineasy, particularly the 2014 book with 400 characters and the Memrise course itself? Overall, the visual learning program teaches character meanings through pictorial mnemonics: https://www.chineasy.com

    Another work you might want to investigate is Read Japanese Kanji Today: The Easy Way to Learn the 400 Basic Kanji (https://www.amazon.com/Read-Japanese-Kanji-Today-Language/dp/480531432X). Though focused on Kanji, it also teaches the meaning of original Chinese characters mnemonically, specifically through illustrations of their historical development.

    Finally, Wikipedia has a handy table for learning the 214 radicals themselves (the building blocks to all the other characters). For what it matters, it teaches not only their Pinyin pronunciations, but their respective Vietnamese, Japanese and Korean ones as well: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kangxi_radical

    Bon appétit, all of us. Speaking of which and whom, share your food, Spiffy_Tiffy!


    I made a couple of decks based on the 214 radicals to help me learn them. You can see them at https://tiny.cards/decks/8S2nVDNE/chinese-kangxi-radicals and at https://tiny.cards/decks/8S2hUBkK/common-chinese-kangxi-radicals (the second is a stripped deck with only ten cards representing the most common radicals). So if you want to learn the radicals through flash cards, there's no need for wheel-reinvention.


    謝謝! Already went through a couple courses like that on Memrise and tried at least one on Tinycards ... will see how your larger deck stacks up (no pun intended) ...

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      I actually bought the Chinese book when it first came out, and my friend lost it T.T. Thanks for the suggestions!!


      I like them! Great work! Have an ingot! I am at stack #11 already, took me about 1-1/2 hour... I had no idea I knew all these characters ;)... I recognized a lot of them because I've been steadily drilling down on Radicals with the Pandanese app (pandanese.com) for the past 5 months. Their method is astonishingly effective!


      I'm really more of an Anki guy.

      Everything you ask is trivial to do in Anki. Plus, there are pre-made decks so you can see how other people laid out their cards.

      [deactivated user]

        Maybe i'll check it out one day, I already had a tiny cards account and wanted to use this mainly for my benefit.


        Seem unable to reguild card sets with practice feature.


        In the second deck 7 and 8 are shown as third tone rather than first, which I think is a mistake.

        [deactivated user]

          Thanks it has been fixed.

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