- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Original edition (August 15, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 080483816X
- ISBN-13: 978-0804838160
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 188 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tuttle Learning Chinese Characters: (HSK Levels 1-3) A Revolutionary New Way to Learn and Remember the 800 Most Basic Chinese Characters Original Edition
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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 blog
"A great Memorization Tool for Characters." —Virginialynn.hubpages.com blog
"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
"Studying Chinese characters is an exercise in getting individual masses of strokes to form meaning in one's mind. Learning Chinese Characters: A Revolutionary New Way to Learn and Remember the 800 Most Basic Chinese Characters, published by Tuttle, helps this process with a comprehensive method using story and image." —Vision Times blog
"I highly recommend this approach to learning Chinese characters, especially for those who aren't native speakers and need motivation in the learning process." —8Asians.com blog
"Tuttle Learning Chinese Characters by Alison Matthews and Laurence Matthews is an excellent beginners book! I really wanted to learn this for making some fun and beautiful cards and messages on scrapbook pages! Plus, the bonus of learning characters in Chinese! I know how popular characters are for tattooing and always wondered how about making some decorative cards with a character or few to design it!" —Test Try Results blog
"The teaching strategy of this book uses mnemonics for Chinese character learning. It introduces the formation methods of Chinese characters and breaks down the characters to basic parts (radicals). This is a good teaching resource and reference for non-native speaking parents." —Miss Panda Chinese
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Alison and Laurence Matthews began their project simply enough, and by the time they were done they had created a teaching resource that is full of funny, little stories. These stories have made it possible for me to self-learn and remember the basics of Mandarin writing. Oh, not the grammar and such, as I'm not ready for that. But before grammar comes content: nouns, verbs and more. I'll use audio and video to grasp the rest of the language.
I bought some lined paper designed for writing Chinese characters and I write when I can, first reviewing characters I know, then adding a few more. It's a slow process, but works for me.
The book contains all the characters required for HSK Level A; the first proficiency test level in China. The book is organized into chapters of related pictograms, 40 chapters in all, from most basic to more complex. Each chapter has a short introduction, and nearly every character has a drawing or story, or both. The volume's construction is solid without extravagance, and so far my copy is holding up fairly well with use.
I don't know that I'll finish the book, but the layout and style certainly makes it much easier for me to do so. It maintains my interest, and should my life get so busy that I put it aside for a while, I have no trouble finding the motivation to return and learn again.