Richard Stibbard's Chinese Characters: Cracking the System
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Richard Stibbard's Chinese Characters: Cracking the System

Learn Chinese characters efficiently by using their phonetic elements.
4.4 (4 ratings)
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Created by Richard Stibbard
Last updated 6/2019
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 24 articles
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • 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
Requirements
  • Good knowledge of pinyin
  • Ability to distinguish the tones of Mandarin Chinese
  • Knowledge of common Chinese radicals
  • Knowledge of basic Chinese characters
Description

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!

Who this course is for:
  • 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
Course content
Expand all 52 lectures 01:50:34
+ Introduction
4 lectures 13:53

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.

Preview 06:41
Say "Hi!" to the group
02:57
+ Types of Chinese Characters
4 lectures 14:58

Link to Chinese Made Easy Book 1 on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Chinese-Made-Simplified-Textbook-English/dp/9620434587

Preview 02:59
Meaning-meaning compounds
04:57
Sound-meaning compounds
04:00
Sound loans and reclarified compounds
03:02
+ Phonetic Families
42 lectures 01:20:14
Phonetic Families - Introduction
01:13
Quiz - the ba family
00:05
Quiz - the bao, pao family
00:02
The qing, jing family
04:26
Quiz - the qing, jing family
00:02
The fen family
05:03
Quiz - the fen family
00:02
The ding family
02:54
Quiz - the ding family
00:03
The gu family
04:22
Quiz - the gu family
00:03
The zheng family
03:12
Quiz - the zheng family
00:03
The zhu family
03:02
Quiz - the zhu family
00:03
The zhi family
02:00
Quiz - the zhi family
00:01
The hu family
03:59
Quiz - the hu family
00:02
The gen, hen family
06:23
No quiz this time
00:02
The liang, lang family
04:32
Quiz - the gen, hen and liang, lang families (1)
00:06
Another quiz on the gen, hen and liang, lang families!
00:03
Quiz - the ke, he, ge family
00:01
The ke, he, ge family
04:18
Quiz - the ke, he, ge family
00:02
The a family
01:39
Quiz - the a family
00:02
The qi, ji, yi family
03:28
Quiz - the qi, ji, yi family
00:02
The pang, bang family
04:28
Quiz - the pang, bang family
00:01
The fang family
07:43
The fang family - Quiz 1
00:03
The fang family - Quiz 2
00:01
The bian, pian family
03:55
Quiz - the bian, pian family
00:01
The tong, dong family
02:52
Quiz - the tong, dong family
00:04
+ Conclusion
2 lectures 01:28
Conclusion
01:13
Useful websites
00:15