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Tips for Learning Chinese Character

1.Riddle guessing memory method. For example, "A square room with five pieces of wood in the center". (The answer is “困”).

2.Story telling memory method. For example, if we want to memorize the character, “裹”, we can make up a story like this: A child picks up a lot of wild fruit (果) and is not able to take them home. Suddenly, a bright idea occurs to him, he takes off the clothes (衣), and uses the clothes to wrap the wild fruit and goes home happily. This is the reason why the "果" is in the "衣".

Tips for Learning Chinese Characters

3.Addition and subtraction literacy. Chinese characters are magical. With one more or less stroke, they can become another character. This characteristic of Chinese characters can be applied in Chinese character teaching. For example, if we add a stroke to the character, "日", it can become "白", "申", "旦", "甲", "目", etc. each new character would let the learners feel great surprise. Some other examples such as the character "去" minus “丨” is character “云”, character “十” plus “一” can be “土” or “干”, and character “口” plus “丁” is character “可”.

4.Component changing literacy. The phonetic characters are composed of phonetic elements and semantic elements. The phonetic elements of the phonetic characters are relatively fixed, but the semantic elements vary with the different meanings of the characters. By adding different semantic elements to a fixed phonetic characters, the learners can learn Chinese characters in batches. For example, the character "青" can be "情,清,晴,请,蜻,睛" etc. with different semantic elements.

5.Comparison memory method. It refers to memorizing words by classifying and contrasting characters with same or similar character patterns or pronunciations. For example, "跑", "抱" "袍" and "炮", these four characters have similar character patterns and pronunciations, and are easy to confuse. After classification and comparison, we can make up a doggerel to help memorize these characters, that is, "跑 has feet, 抱 has hands, 袍 has clothes, and 炮 has fire".

6.Character pattern association literacy. Children have a lot of imagination, for example, some children associate the character "排" with six people who are waiting for two elevators; some think of the character "身" as a child playing the slide, as the “丿” looks like a slide; some regard the “辶” of the character "运" as a car, in which there is a child called “云”, and the car is carrying child  to somewhere else; others think that the character "队" looks like a grandpa leaning on a stick, bending, waiting in line.

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