I know I have said that memorizing Chinese characters is all
about repetition, but I have to admit that that is not quite true. While repetition
is the meat and potatoes of getting these mysterious images to sink in, there
are some tools of the trade that I have learned as a CSL (as opposed to ESL)
student and would like to share. This is edition 1 of a few blogs that will
I’ve heard it suggested that one should learn to speak Chinese and put off
learning characters until one has a better grasp of the spoken language.
At first my thought was, “Well, I’ve never considered it.
Perhaps they’re on to something”. But I spent some
time contemplating it while writing my Chinese characters over and over again
and I’ve decided that I disagree. This is...
Looking for a way to spice up and professionalize your Mandarin? One great way to do that is to pay attention to details and vocabulary. In other words, keeping a mental bank of what are
called “measure words” or “classifiers” can make your language sound exact and
Measure words in the Chinese language are abstract identifiers that appear between the number...
OK, are you ready to roll up your sleeves?!
That's what it's going to take to memorize Chinese characters. Yes you can make up stories or think up pictorial similarities to real life objects. But what about those abstract ones, and
those stories are soon forgotten when time lays siege to your unpracticed
memory? Having been to China, I have seen the way...