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Tuttle Learning Chinese Characters: A Revolutionary New Way to Learn and Remember the 800 Most Basic Chinese Characters
     

Tuttle Learning Chinese Characters: A Revolutionary New Way to Learn and Remember the 800 Most Basic Chinese Characters

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by Alison Matthews, Laurence Matthews
 

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This user–friendly book is aimed at helping students of Mandarin Chinese learn and remember Chinese characters.

At last—there is a truly effective and enjoyable way to learn Chinese characters! This book helps students to learn and remember both the meanings and the pronunciations of over 800 characters. This otherwise daunting task is made

Overview

This user–friendly book is aimed at helping students of Mandarin Chinese learn and remember Chinese characters.

At last—there is a truly effective and enjoyable way to learn Chinese characters! This book helps students to learn and remember both the meanings and the pronunciations of over 800 characters. This otherwise daunting task is made easier by the use of techniques based on the psychology of learning and memory. key principles include the use of visual imagery, the visualization of short "stories," and the systematic building up of more complicated characters from basic building blocks.

Although Learning Chinese Characters is primarily a book for serious learners of Mandarin Chinese, it can be used by anyone with an interest in Chinese characters, without any prior knowledge of Chinese. It can be used alongside (or after, or even before) a course in the Chinese language. All characters are simplified (as in mainland China) but traditional characters are also given, when available.

Key features:

  • Specially designed pictures and stories are used in a structured way to make the learning process more enjoyable and effective, reducing the need for rote learning to the absolute minimum.
  • The emphasis throughout is on learning and remembering the meanings and pronunciations of the characters. Tips are also included on learning techniques and how to avoid common problems.
  • Characters are introduced in a logical sequence, which also gives priority to learning the most common characters first.
  • Modern simplified characters are used, with pronunciations given in pinyin. Key information is given for each character, including radical, stroke–count, traditional form, compounds, and guidance on writing the character.

This is a practical guide with a clear, concise and appealing layout, and it is well–indexed with easy look–up methods. The 800 Chinese characters and 1,033 compounds specified for the original HSK Level A proficiency test are covered.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"When I got Tuttle Learning Chinese Characters, I immediately knew that I had found the answers to all those years of searching. This book is everything I would have wished for learning basic Chinese." —Hanban.com blog

"A great Memorization Tool for Characters." —Virginialynn.hubpages.com blog

"Outstanding approach for mnemonics to learn the Chinese characters. Easy and well structured, it builds on itself. Generally I can read about half the Chinese characters I see now, and I have a framework for learning the remainder. A great place to start Mandarin studies." —Goodreads

"Studying Chinese characters is an exercise in getting individual masses of strokes to form meaning in one's mind. Learning Chinese Characters: A Revolutionary New Way to Learn and Remember the 800 Most Basic Chinese Characters, published by Tuttle, helps this process with a comprehensive method using story and image." —Vision Times blog

"I highly recommend this approach to learning Chinese characters, especially for those who aren't native speakers and need motivation in the learning process." —8Asians.com blog

"Tuttle Learning Chinese Characters by Alison Matthews and Laurence Matthews is an excellent beginners book! I really wanted to learn this for making some fun and beautiful cards and messages on scrapbook pages! Plus, the bonus of learning characters in Chinese! I know how popular characters are for tattooing and always wondered how about making some decorative cards with a character or few to design it!" —Test Try Results blog

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804838160
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
10/28/2007
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
186,977
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 10.86(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet the Author

Alison Matthews is a statistician who has worked in the oil, aviation, tourism, medical and software industries.

Laurence Matthews is the author of the Kanji Fast Finder and Chinese Character Fast Finder books.

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Tuttle Learning Chinese Characters: A Revolutionary New Way to Learn and Remember the 800 Most Basic Chinese Characters 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Includes 800+ chinese characters including beyond HSK Practice pad for each character Trainchinese chinese writer scanner card Radical index touch to teleport redstone pad Avaliable in Set 1: Simplified chinese Set 2: Traditional chinese
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book with Chinese characters for everyone: Sherlock Holmes in the land of Chinese characters . We learned a lot. It is a plus.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book in March 2013, now after 2 months, I have mastered 225 characters. It is amazing. What is more is that I have been using this book to teach my kids.. and it is amazing to see them  improve so much, after using this book. They are excited to remember the story and the mnemonic methods If you could send a message to the authors, pls tell them that I really appreciate their effort and I really hope to see the continuation of this book (HSK B).Please write more, thank  you...!! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the approach of this book towards learning characters. There is no easy way to learn characters but there are ways that one can remember and this book offers some ways of remembering and distinguishing the characters. Found it helpful for my course.
Addison11 More than 1 year ago
I've been wanting this book for several months, but i finally got it because i will start taking Chinese 1 in school in a few more months. I got this to get a head start on the language and because I really like the approach. I've learned the first chapter already and I really love it! :) This is a great book! Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
dunkel-ugh More than 1 year ago
I took the book off the shelf and I like the approach. It was certainly unlike any other books I had looked at on the subject of leaning to read Chinese, I thought it had promise. It says the approach will help me remember Chinese writing. Time will tell won't it. :)