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fun way to learn pinyin

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And people say learning English is hard! All you need to do is watch the first few minutes of this video (ignore the initial few seconds that I assume set up the song that comes next) to appreciate the overwhelming work that language learners must feel! Imagine — you arrive in a culture and attempt to learn their language by imitating vowel and consonant sounds, making English approximations from the letters. Very hard! Now, imagine a language group that doesn’t even have a written language yet! Unreal. Developing the alphabet from sounds, understanding the language, then translating the Bible into it. It makes me realize how valuable native translators, like The Seed Company often uses, is to the translation process.

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How to learn and approach learning Chinese Characters

How to learn and approach learning Chinese Characters

 

It is unfair to say learning the first 2000 characters is easier or harder than learning the next 4000 characters.  The most important point is HOW you approach learning Chinese characters.  The one-by-one memorization method is the worst way, however many Chinese teachers and children learn it this way.  This is still successful for multiple reasons:  a child has more years to learn Chinese than a grown-up foreigner, and the child lives in the language, thus easier to learn.  

 

The second worst way to learn Chinese characters is to be afraid of them and consider them too hard to learn, thus you end up never learning it.  This situation often occurs with heritage learners (students with an advantage in listening/speaking).

 

The best way to learn Chinese is realize (from this book and other sources) that learning Chinese characters starting with its sound, then its meaning, to learning how to write them are shortcuts and more efficient than one-by-one memorization.  A student should only have to memorize the “essential” characters to Chinese, and build up on them.  This is what I will teach you: not Chinese the traditional way, but rather Chinese from a “grand” perspective, from a top-down approach, from someone who has been in your shoes before, but is not at the top of the mountain and looking down at the hard trail of character learning.  What I realized from my years of learning is not everyone has to take the same trail as me to get to the top.  There are more direct and easier ways to do it.  So let’s start.

 

Set your goal for how many characters you want to learn..2000?3000?4000?5000?

The importance of the radical.

 

Like I said, a native speaker knows 4000-5000 characters, so this could be a possible goal.  Setting your goal is important because it will affect your possible learning method.  If you decide you only want to know 500-1000 Chinese characters, maybe memorizing one-by-one may be the most effective way.  However, if you want real fluency (above 3000 character vocabulary), listen to what I have to say.  I once made this recommendation to a beginner level student, but he complained to me saying he had enough characters to memorize…well he had a point, but so did I.  His point was why should I learn these 200+ characters that I don’t think I’ll use much when I can learn “important” characters like “me” “you” “dog” “fun”.  Good point, but my point was you will always have too many characters to memorize, so the secret is learning characters in the RIGHT ORDER.  And thus, I give you the first most important 200+ characters.  You can learn them first or alongside your memorization of “me” “you” “dog” “fun” but don’t put these “essential” 200+ characters on the back-burner.  These 200+ plus characters are the radicals of the Chinese characters.  Disagree?  Think again, the radical system is so important traditional dictionaries (esp. in HK and Taiwan) are organized based on a character’s radical.  If you don’t know the character’s radical you can’t look up the character.  

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a free app for learning chinese…

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By Faith Middleton – Staff Writer

As NBA players go, Jeremy Lin is starkly average. With  weight of 200 pounds and standing at six feet, three inches Lin falls in the middle of the range for the size of a point guard. One thing that is not average about the New York Knicks point guard is his outstanding recent winning streak. Couple that with an uncommon heritage and he is a phenomenon who lives up to his nickname, “Lin-sanity”.

Although he was the captain of his 32-1 high school team, Jeremy Lin graduated from Palo Alto High School without any basketball scholarship offers. So instead of moping around town, he set his sights higher and was recruited for Harvard University by then assistant coach Bill Holden. Lin played at Harvard all 4 years of his university career and was All-Ivy League first team twice, in 2009 and 2010.

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Structurally speaking, Chinese characters fall into two categories: The single-components characters and the multi-component characters. All of the basic Chinese characters we have learned so far are simple-componet characters, such as “人“,”手“,”刀“,”马“,”牛“,”羊“,”日“,”月“,‘水”,“木”. The multi-component characters consist of thwo or more component, such as “爸“,”妈“,”你“

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Japanese characters and Chinese characters are similar

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Let’s Learn Kanji: An Introduction to Radicals, Components and 250 Very Basic Kanji (Kodansha’s Children’s Classics)

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Everyone agrees that it is possible to learn to speak Japanese in a reasonable amount of time, but no one has ever said that about reading and writing it. It is widely held that spoken and written Japanese require separate efforts by the student, as if these two aspects were in fact distinct languages. A first step toward alleviating this situation was taken by Yasuko Mitamura in 1985

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this is the way to learn characters, by it’s components

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The First 100 Chinese Characters: Simplified Character Edition: The Quick and Easy Method to Learn the 100 Most Basic Chinese Characters (Tuttle Language Library)

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The major struggle facing all beginning Chinese language students is to learn to recognize, read and write hundreds of Chinese characters. This book adopt a structural approach that helps students overcome this initial difficulty and quickly master the basic Chinese characters fundamental to this language. Intended for beginning students, T

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Preview of the essential 500 parts, components which make up all Chinese characters

The first 75 of them.

If you find this list useful, and the entire list even more useful, let me know.