- Paperback: 1 pages
- Publisher: Unknown (1 Sept. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982232403
- ISBN-13: 978-0982232408
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 481,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
CHINESE CHARACTERS Paperback – 1 Sep 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
Statistically this means that after completing your study you will be able to understand 96.5 % of any modern Chinese text and will be able in many cases to piece together the intuitive meanings of compound words.The author has made the venture doable and even enjoyable.
The characters themselves are in large print and are clearly and methodically presented with not only the English meaning but with also with their pinyin pronunciation. There are various indices in the back of the book so that you can cross reference either from the pinyin or the English meaning. The author presents memory stories/aids for all 2000+ characters and not just the first few hundred.
I would recommend this book to anyone struggling to memorise Chinese characters through brute force.This new approach has worked for me. Expect to cover a section a day of the 91 section book. This means learning 25 new characters a day with 60 minutes daily study leading to the completion of the book in just three months.I have tried covering the sections more quickly but have found it too much memory wise for my poor brain to take in.However you might do better. Anyway good luck in your study of the Chinese language.
Some of the features are:
* Structured from simple to more complex characters
* Gradual build up of character components
* A powerful memory association technique (stories) is the central feature
* Excellent backtracking system for almost instant retrieval of previous facts
* On-line resource has characters in book order suitable for use with the free Anki software
The combination of the highly structured text presentation tied into the 'flash card' Anki computer learning system creates a perfect learning environment which will lead to successful character learning. With one or two hours a day for 6-8 months you will know these characters inside out.
I cannot recommend this book (and it's on-line resources) highly enough. Congratulations to the author on managing to capture on paper such an effective method.
We must also be specific about what it doesn't do: it doesn't help you remember pronunciations, grammar, "words" (i.e. anything more than one character long) or learn how best to draw the characters.
But what it does do, and do well, is to deconstruct things so that you learn how to build up the characters, and provide punchy, memorable ideas and snapshots to fix them in your mind. It evidently expects you to start at the beginning and work to the end - well, it would! - but in addition, since I've already been learning Chinese for a year, it allows you to go to complex characters and work backwards to put the bits together. The indexes are good, and you can tie together different characters with the same pronunciation. Each character is given its frequency rating. I'd have liked a further index list with the characters in order of frequency, but that's a minor quibble. Particularly useful is the early listing of characters which by themselves are uncommon (or non-existent) but which form common components of other characters. Altogether a very useful buy.
It's been really helpful to give me a bit of a head start and I will continue working my way through it when I'm at university.
There are also online aids to accompany the book which I think is a really good idea and helpful for practising what I've learnt!
My only complaint is that the book doesn't teach stroke order or how to write characters, but it definitely does what it says on the tin!
Extremely helpful book and would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn Chinese!
Plus, the stories are creative, entertaining and funny and it feels like reading an excerpt of a funny story at times which makes you laugh and allows you to associate pleasure with studying the characters. Ever since I started with this, I look forward to learning new characters every day. And this comes from someone who sits over his university books all day long and can't wait to stop reading. But learning the characters in such an entertaining way, is great!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought as a requested present so no real opinion. Arrived as expected.Published 5 months ago by Robin Wright
A wonderful book. I have tried to memorise simplified characters, without too much success. I really like Dr. Hoenig's method and I really think it will work for me. Read morePublished 12 months ago by DB
This was with me through three years of study in Kunming. Annoyingly, no mnemonic aids for sounds and tones, but you can't have everything.Published 16 months ago by S Wajid
addressing some of the negative reviews:
the crux of the matter you will have with this book is that you have to complete it before you can get any practical use out of... Read more
Some criticism and some praise. I was disappointed that this is the simplified character version, a fact which is not made very clear. Read morePublished on 13 Nov. 2013 by lsur
Not realy what I expected but it can be useful all the same. The author exploits the usual radicals a little more than is usually accepted (e.g. Read morePublished on 28 April 2013 by Toussaint Charlotte
This does what it says on the packet provided you invest time in learning. This will vary from learner to learner.Published on 20 April 2013 by J E MULRENAN
A good book to get started with learning Chinese characters. Lots to take in though, but with patience hopefully will get there.Published on 25 Feb. 2013 by clifford john rix
Absolutely brilliant book and must-have for anybody struggling with characters. Gives little stories for each character and builds on these stories as characters become more... Read morePublished on 22 Jan. 2013 by Joe