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Remembering Simplified Hanzi 1: How Not to Forget the Meaning and Writing of Chinese Characters

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At long last the approach that has helped thousands of learners memorize Japanese kanji has been adapted to help students with Chinese characters. Book 1 of Remembering Simplified Hanzi covers the writing and meaning of the 1,000 most commonly used characters in the simplified Chinese writing system, plus another 500 that are best learned at an early stage. (Book 2 adds an ...more
Paperback, 424 pages
Published December 1st 2008 by University of Hawaii Press
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Bálint
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. Heisig's approach is great and what I really appreciate about the book is the sequence of characters. I've combined mnemonics with the power of an SRS (Anki) and went through the book in 5 months. I also added the pinyin and pronounciation to my flashcards and although I don't make a concious effort to learn them, they just stick by sheer repetition (when I'm focusing on the characters).

It's certainly a handful, and before I dive into the second book, I'll take a few weeks br
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Thomas
Oct 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: china-stuff
Chinese teachers tend to allude obliquely to some wonderful way that the characters relate to each other -- but this is the first book that I've seen that attempts to make this into a real method. You create little stories or mnemonics for each character, which then build into the next character, and so on.

UPDATE: It took five years to get around to it, but I have finally finished this book! At least in its capacity as a textbook or work book...it'll still be a useful reference for people even
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Alien  Citizen
Dec 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is almost the book I wanted to write myself...almost. It assumes that you want to learn the chinese pronounciation after learning the meaning and that I don't like. And clearly the stories or mnemonics that the author devises are not necessarily going to be as good as whatever you might have come up with yourself...but this is still a darn good idea and definitely several steps in the right direction. I certainly want a copy. ...more
Nathan Cain
Apr 27, 2012 rated it liked it
I didn't like the fact that about half way through he stops providing stories for the keywords. ...more
Ellie
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After three years of language study, this book has drastically increased my character retention. I write in the pinyin for less commonly used words, review writing with Skritter, and turn to Pleco and/or Skritter for example sentences. Not sure how I would have responded to this as an introductory text, and I think the absence of pinyin in the frames is equal parts infuriating and helpful. It is so important to have scrap paper on hand while reading--jot down mnemonics, note hangups/problem char ...more
Helmut
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: china
Effektives Gedächtnistraining auch für Selbstlerner

Das Lernen von chinesischen Schriftzeichen ist hauptsächlich eine Gedächtnisübung: Nur ein überraschend kleiner Teil der Zeichen sind tatsächliche Piktogramme, und so muss der Lerner sich einfach merken, was ein spezielles Zeichen bedeutet. Dadurch, dass die allermeisten Zeichen sich aber aus anderen Teilzeichen zusammensetzen, kann eine Systematik das Lernen erleichtern: Eine solche Systematik wird hier vorgestellt. Durch möglichst verrückte kl
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