Advice on the best way to memorize characters
Hello, everyone: I am taking Mandarin at a local university, Chinese 102, using the Integrated Chinese textbook. My instructor noticed that I rely on pinyin too much and am very weak with reading the characters. (That's funny to me because my previous instructor in Chinese 101 said I did just fine in that class.) So is there anyway to better remember the characters without being too overwhelmed? Xie xie. --abelle
go_manlyJuly 12, 2010, 10:27 AM
If you don't want to write the characters, just read them, you can do what I am doing.
Pick a Cpod level, pick a lesson, and copy and paste the dialog and expansion sentences to Word (it will need a little bit of editing - a lot of rubbish gets pasted as well). Then type the Pinyin after each line. I found I needed to rely on CPod's Pinyin mouseover a lot early on, but I gradually recognised more and more characters. Now I recognise most characters at the Elementary level, and a significant number at Intermediate.
And the added bonus - you have a file you can print with characters and Pinyin for your own study - there is no printable Pinyin for the expansion sentences at present.