For foreigners, learning to speak Chinese is a hard task. But learning to read the beautiful, often complex characters of the Chinese written language may be less difficult. ShaoLan walks through a simple lesson in recognizing the ideas behind the characters and their meaning -- building from a few simple forms to more complex concepts. Call it Chineasy.
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If only it were really that easy. Those are very basic characters. Most characters are much more complex and resemble nothing like their actual meaning. If you tried using this method for every character, you would be spending more time trying to make up and remember stories than actually learning the language. Trust me, 我是中国人。
How is this a TED talk though? Don't basically all teachers of Chinese say something similar? It doesn't really lessen the difficulty of learning Chinese characters and the hard hard work that comes after these basic pictograms run out.
From a view as a Chinese, the way she teaches is sort of pictogram which is not new. And a lot of explanations are not correct at all (for example "woman") Learning Chinese is a difficult task costing time and effort. If you want to have fun, you can follow her…
I think this is good for the basics of the basics. In this language, u have 4 different pinyins for each character and each sounds have MANY different meanings and characters, some have the same pronunciation but have totally different meaning. To me that is really really difficult. I studied chinese language for my whole life but i cant even fully understand a novel 😭 (it maybe just me) 😭 why are english translations so slowwwww
There are coloring antistress for learning hieroglyphs. https://stock.adobe.com/de/images/color-therapy-anti-stress-coloring-book-hieroglyph-tree-learn-chinese/205671250 I have not found printed books.
In all honesty this isn't a great method for learning to read Chinese. It is great for drumming up enthusiasm but once you start learning, you will quickly realise that this method is not effective. Really, learning to read Chinese requires 2 things: A flashcard system such as Anki and a ready supply of reading material from thechairmansbao.com or hskreading.com . It takes time but after you learn a few hundred common characters, it will all start to come together.
this talk is deceiving. This kind of interesting mnemonics works only for just tens of characters, and you should know five thousand more to use fluent Chinese.
And her explanation is nothing new. Many Asian students set their foot into Chinese characters learning about these. The thing is you just have to memorize a few thousand more characters.
For the most people here saying that Chinese is hard and all... It's not that hard i'm actually learning Chinese , the hard part would be getting the right pronunciation of the tones other than that Chinese is easy .. i thought it was so hard at first too .. but as I started learning Chinese a year ago I always thought that i'll never improve (I mean the pronunciation is hard ,I don't have time since i'm always busy in uni and work , ..Etc ) however I was surprised that even with the slightest effort now I can understand Chinese conversations and even communicate with my Chinese friends and that motivated me more to put extra effort in it ... Chinese is a beautiful language .. u simply need to do the first step which is "start learning " and then everything will get easier
This is a great method! But it's difficult to learn on your own. If I know one character, how do I find similar characters? I mean I could try on google translate, first water, then ocean, then boat and so on, but who knows if those particular words have similar characters? That's a lot of testing and it seems a bit inefficient.
This method is how I was taught simple kanji in my Japanese elective class in high school (in Australia).
For example for days of the week we were taught: Sun-day, Moon-day, Fire-day, Water-day, Wood-day, Gold-day, Dirt-day.
Also doesn't wood/tree also mean knowledge so the character for idiot could be considered "talking above/without knowledge"
Many things cannot be represented with combinations of things. That's why Chinese characters are so many. 100K+ letters. You need to memorize them all to be real fluent. Otherwise just ... basic. So, most Chinese people are .. just basic. Actually, instead of "Fire Mountain", Volcano is much shorter. And that's why you need so many movements to write a thing in Chinese.
Noooo. This kind of characters are called as "pictographs". It means you can guess the meaning by looking and seeing the picture inside. But there is a misconception. Don't be happy so early. Not all Chinese charecters are pictographs. Only around 5% of Chinese charecters are pictographs. Unfortunately, you have to memorise the remaining 95% of charecters one by one. That is the reality.
That was helpful as frick. I wanna take Chinese more seriously now. And Japanese too. And I'm learning Korean as well. So doing all three together will be a challenge, but this was actually hella helpful! Thank you for this ShaoLan
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