Richard Stibbard's Chinese Characters: Cracking the System
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- Be able to read Chinese characters you have never seen before in your life
- Learn Chinese characters efficiently in their phonetic families
- Learn new characters quickly by understanding their logical internal structure
- Good knowledge of pinyin
- Ability to distinguish the tones of Mandarin Chinese
- Knowledge of common Chinese radicals
- Knowledge of basic Chinese characters
80-95% of all Chinese characters are Sound-Meaning Compounds, in which one part of the character represents, with varying degrees of accuracy, the sound, and the other part the rough meaning. Characters which share the same sound element (or phonetic element) make up families of characters with similar pronunciations.
The (relatively) logical internal structure of this type of character makes it possible to learn them in their phonetic families.
This is the best system there is for learning the vast bulk of characters, and this course shows how you can use this system to learn characters efficiently, in these natural families, how you can distinguish visually similar characters, and best of all, almost from the start, to read characters you've never seen before in your life!
- Non-native learners of Mandarin Chinese
- Learners aiming to go beyond the basics of character learning
- Learners wanting to master the system behind 80-95% of all Chinese characters
Attached is a PDF file of the 214 Kangxi radicals, ordered by frequency. You need to have a good knowledge of the most useful of these - the first 30 or so on the list at least, so have a look at this and check that you are familiar with these.