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Remembering Simplified Hanzi: Book 1, How Not to Forget the Meaning and Writing of Chinese Characters Copertina flessibile – 30 ottobre 2008
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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 another 1,500 characters for a total of 3,000.)
Of critical importance to the approach found in these pages is the systematic arranging of characters in an order best suited to memorization. In the Chinese writing system, strokes and simple components are nested within relatively simple characters, which can, in turn, serve as parts of more complicated characters and so on. Taking advantage of this allows a logical ordering, making it possible for students to approach most new characters with prior knowledge that can greatly facilitate the learning process.
Guidance and detailed instructions are provided along the way. Students are taught to employ "imaginative memory" to associate each characters component parts, or "primitive elements," with one another and with a key word that has been carefully selected to represent an important meaning of the character. This is accomplished through the creation of a "story" that engagingly ties the primitive elements and key word together. In this way, the collections of dots, strokes, and components that make up the characters are associated in memorable fashion, dramatically shortening the time required for learning and helping to prevent characters from slipping out of memory.
- Editore : Univ of Hawaii Pr; New, Bilingual edizione (30 ottobre 2008)
- Lingua : Inglese
- Copertina flessibile : 424 pagine
- ISBN-10 : 0824833236
- ISBN-13 : 978-0824833237
- Peso articolo : 675 g
- Dimensioni : 14.99 x 3.05 x 22.35 cm
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 13,450 in Corsi di lingue straniere e supporti didattici (Libri)
- n. 141,686 in Libri in inglese
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Mi piace molto questo libro perché:
1) fornisce una lista dei caretteri più usati;
2) introduce i caratteri secondo la logica dei building blocks, da quelli più semplici a quelli più complessi formati a partire da altri caratteri imparati in precedenza;
3) fornisce lo stroke order (l'ordine in cui i tratti sono tracciati per formare il carattere). Può sembrare una cosa difficile o persino inutile all'inizio. Direte voi, non basta che alla fine il vostro carattere appaia come quello che vedete sul libro? In realtà è molto utile imparare l'ordine dei caratteri, dà più sicurezza nella scrittura ed aiuta ad apprendere nuovi caratteri più facilmente. Inoltre permette di avere una scrittura più elegante. Specialmente se usate un pennello vedrete che non otterrete l'effetto desiderato se non rispettate l'ordine dei tratti.
3) fornisce l'origine del carattere o una storia che permette di ricordare la forma del carattere in modo da imparare come è scritto
4) in fondo è presente un indice con la pronuncia in pinyin dei caratteri
Sto notando buoni risultati. La mia strategia è quella di usare questo libro per fare pratica con il riconoscimento e la scrittura dei caratteri cinesi, scrivendo i caratteri ripetutamente su un quaderno. Allo stesso tempo utilizzo un dizionario online come nciku, Pleco dictionary per Android (disponibile anche per Iphone). Oltre alla scrittura mi dedico anche alla pronuncia utilizzando i suddetti strumenti ed un programma per pc chiamato Wenlin che consiglio. Buono studio a tutti! :)
II difetto maggiore consiste però nel non aver messo la pronuncia a fianco di ciascun carattere, il che rende il libro praticamente inutile.
Si trovano in commercio numerose alternative di gran lunga migliori.
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"China's equivalent to the Mighty Mississip' is the Yangtze. In fact, the character in this frame... can be used as an abbreviation for the Yangtze, much the same as the "River" of "Old Man River" is for those who live on the banks os the Mississippi. The elements that make it up show water and an I-beam. Actually, the heavy metal I-beam is being launched as a raft by some mentally challenged Huck Finn hoping to cruise on the Yangtze."
I mean please, just stop. It's like this throughout and it feels throughout like the authors are convinced by their own genius. I've used loads of other textbooks and I can now speak and write Chinese at a fairly advanced level, but I could not get on with this book at all.
I only have two problems with this book. One is that because it is paperback, quite small and thick, it is difficult to use. You must keep one hand on it at all times to keep it open on the page that you are using. A hardback or larger format thinner paperback would be better.
The other is that there are a few hundred characters with no story. You must make your own story for them. It would be better if a story was provided for all characters saving me time making up one. Also while most of the stories are good and easy to remember there are a few that are very hard to relate to the character and I had to replace those stories with more relevant ones that are easier to remember. So the book needs some more editing and finishing but overall this book is a great help when starting to learn characters and has given me the tool that I need to learn at least 1500 characters. Maybe 3000 if I move onto Heisig's second book later.
I have to admit when I first got it there was something very obvious about it that made me think "what on earth??" But then after trying the first few chapters I realised that what I thought was a fundamental flaw is actually a clever approach.
Here's what's missing: you are presented with several hundred of the most common Chinese characters. You are told their meaning. But not how to say them.
There. Told you. Doesn't that sound bizarre? Well that's because it is and yet...
I gave the book a go and let me tell you, the trick works. By the end of the first couple of chapters I knew many more characters than I did using other methods because I was focusing on recognising them, not pronouncing them. The idea is that once you have the characters stored in your brain you can start to focus on how to actually say them later, and it's an approach that really seems to work.
I came back from Singapore at the weekend and while I was there I found I was able to recognise the characters I'd seen in this book, and figure out what they meant on signs, far more reliably than characters I'd encountered through, say, the Tuttle book where I was simultaneously learning the character, it's meaning and its pronunciation.
This book encourages you to work quickly, and I'd say it's a good approach. Read the character, write it a couple of times, move on. That's all it needs.
The book is organised intelligently. it's not by word frequency but by radical, so you're introduced to the character for "sun", and "mouth" and "eye", all of which are similar, and written similarly. You're then introduced to characters that use those ones - e.g. "goods" (which you'll see a lot on shop signs).
That means you'll be learning the character for "reckless" before the character for "me", but that's not a problem as the point of the book is to help you quickly recognise characters, not to teach you to speak Chinese.
It's a difficult concept to get across in a review and you really need to try it with an open mind.
One other thing - I've found my writing of Chinese characters has improved immensely with this book - before I couldn't really write very well at all. With this book, I'm scribbling tiny characters all over the place. My Chinese friends were very impressed!
So to sum up - clever approach, completely at odds with what you expect and probably think you want, but it really is worth a go. Highly recommended.
Of course the book by itself will not make you fluent. You will also need Flashcards, online websites, and hundreds of hours of application. Nevertheless it should give you a solid base to your studies. Volume 2 is also good, but you do not need to buy it at the same time.
Negative: memorising 1500 characters is a neat party trick, but it seems to me to be most useful if you already have good conversational Mandarin, thus enabling you to immediately use the characters in reading and writing. (Also 1500 chars might be useful if you are about to go to learn in China, or go on a full time university course, where you are flung into an immersive environment). Otherwise you have memorised 1500 characters with Keywords which may be only obscurely related to the meanings, and for which you don't know the associated words (i.e. real words made up of 2+ chars). Therefore you still can't read with understanding, or write sentences. I am learning Chinese part-time, and I got half way through the book and realised there was no suitable reading material for me with which to practice, and despite what the author says, I did not think the characters would stay in the memory forever if not used. And if I stopped half way through, I would have learned to write chars like “Superfluous”, but still not encountered “You” and “Me”. I continued to work through the book concentrating only on HSK3 level characters, and it was BURDENSOME to look up the HSK level. It would have been immensely helpful if the author would have annotated each frame with either the HSK level or the Character Rank/ Frequency Number.
To sum up, the choice of 1500 chars seems arbitrary, and for the average student simply too many, because you can’t use all of them yet. However, I think this book has helped me, so I am giving the book a 4. (review updated after passing HSK3 exam) (A note about keywords: It must be difficult to choose keywords when each character can have multiple meanings, and in the end I found most of the keywords helpful)