How to remember characters better?

I try to learn the stroke order but the characters never stick in my mind after a while

November 23, 2018


If you’re not reading Chinese every day, the characters aren’t going to stick as well. It’s cliche but practice makes perfect and it will be difficult to learn the characters without reading them a lot, especially in the beginning. Depending on where you live, your local library might have some children’s books in Chinese. I’d recommend finding some to practice with.

I’m definitely not an expert or anything, but after learning the stoke order I write the character 20-30 more times until I can do it without looking at the typed character for reference. Flashcards are good too (and if you go that route most people I’ve seen on the forum say making your own flashcards is more effective than using Tinycards or any other kind of electronic flashcards).

Hope this was able to help you!

November 24, 2018

yes... practicing.

try to imagine to use your own tricks, mnemotechnic and so on...

and don't be disappointed when you forgot something, that's natural! Never give up :)

Maybe check on youtube, find a video which explains the "spaced repetition", probably it could help you to find a good tempo practice, efficient without losing your time.

good luck !

November 25, 2018

If Chinese is a totally new language for you, why not focus on learning to recognize the characters for now, and leave the writing till later. Recognizing and writing are different skills.

November 24, 2018

……But friend, i thought writing should is very important for Chinese. It can help you confirm reading "我找钱" If you don't write, you may have a hard time understanding the difference. Maybe he should not give up writing.

November 24, 2018

You're right, of course, writing is very important, but if trying to write the characters just causes EpicRuler 1414 frustration, it might be better to leave that skill until he/she has a better grasp of the language. I recently bought the book "Enjoy Learning Chinese Characters-Discover their Hidden Meanings" by Kun Ho Park and Kyung Yong Kong which I'm finding very interesting and helpful. It includes stroke order.

November 25, 2018



“部首”构成 “字”(Word)


每个 部首 的 笔顺 都是固定的。每个部首的完成方向通常都是:left to right、up to down.


November 24, 2018
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