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

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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 easier by the use of techniques based on the psychology of learning and memory. key principles include the use of visual imagery, the ...

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

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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.
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"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

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

"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804838160
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 180,214
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Introduction• The nature and purpose of the book • Chinese characters (Building blocks, etc.)• Visual imagery and stories • Learning strategies• How to write Chinese characters • More about Chinese characters
The Characters• Chapter 1:20 characters • Chapter 2:30 characters • Chapter 3:50 characters• The remaining chapters (approximately ten of them): 700 characters
Indexes• Syllable chart • List of building blocks • Alphabetical keyword index• Alphabetical pronunciation index
ò &'Fast finder' character index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    I bought this book in March 2013, now after 2 months, I have mas

    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...!! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    I like the approach of this book towards learning characters. Th

    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.

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  • Posted May 30, 2011

    This is such a great way to learn

    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!

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  • Posted May 12, 2010

    The approach caught my interest

    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. :)

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