Learn to Read Chinese Characters: A Study Guide (《汉字认读助学手册) is a reference book which proposes a rational and systematic method to study characters.
Chinese characters are frequently memorized in a isolated way which provoques that the study time is harder for students. For this reason, one of the principles of this book is that we should know why characters are written the way they are to understand them. By having this in mind, it will be easier for students to memorize and learn each of them.
Since this is a reference book, it should not be read from beginning to end. Authors propose the following process:
1: Figure out if the character we want to check has one or more components by finding it in the first index with all characters classified by pinyin. By using this criteria, students will know the reference number, which includes the number 2 if the character has more than one component. If it has 2 numbers, it will be a componed character.
2: Learn the character and also memorize its formation rules of the characters of the same type and pronunciation rules based in the information attached in the index.
The book includes 3600 Chinese characters. Each of them includes: pinyin, traditional character. old characters and meanings of the word.
This is a very practical and systematic material. However, it is entirely written in Chinese, so it is important to have a high level of Chinese to understand it.
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