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20 October 2008 at 6:14am | IP Logged 
I'm looking to find a book/course that teachers Chinese characters by giving you a sentence to learn each day. That is the best method as far as I can figure out. It would be the most interesting way to learn for me anyway.

Does anything like this exist and if not let's make one and make millions :)

Plan B)

Is there anywhere that I can find large interesting texts about modern things (not a fan of old literature and such) written in Chinese that I can easily find the characters for. Hmm. I'm a newbie to learning a language with all characters. I've learnt only around 50 or so Kanji in my time. But that's mostly from exposure. Hanzi is another matter. :)
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20 October 2008 at 7:03pm | IP Logged 
Have you considered studying with Assimil's "Chinese with Ease"? The intended "tempo" is one lesson a day, but of course each lesson has several sentences.
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21 October 2008 at 12:55pm | IP Logged 
jeff_lindqvist wrote:
Have you considered studying with Assimil's "Chinese with
Ease"? The intended "tempo" is one lesson a day, but of course each lesson has several
sentences.


Funny you should suggest that because I've actually ordered Assimil Chinese volume 1
and will get the other volume later on. ^_^

Now I need a good book to learn Hanzi characters.

PS. I have 6 assimil courses already. :D
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21 October 2008 at 3:00pm | IP Logged 
You can order Assimil's "Writing Chinese with Ease". It teaches the characters as you learn the words in "Chinese with Ease". The book introduces characters for all lessons in both Volumes 1 and 2.
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21 October 2008 at 8:41pm | IP Logged 
mabelee,

Do you have Writing Chinese with Ease? How do you like it?

Edited by newyorkeric on 21 October 2008 at 8:42pm

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22 October 2008 at 7:35am | IP Logged 
I do like it. I'm not using it to learn how to write, however, but as a reference. I use it to identify the new characters in each lesson, then I put these characters into my flashcard program so that I can practice recognizing them.
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22 October 2008 at 4:29pm | IP Logged 
I use "Writing Chinese" together with the volumes 1 and 2 of "Chinese with Ease". My current method is to write out the characters for a lesson 15-16 times (depending how much room there is on the line), then I go to the actual lesson and copy everything: lesson number, header (if any), each line of the dialogue, the exercises and fill-in-the-blanks (in characters instead of pinyin). I also say every character/word/phrase loudly - before, during and after, so, pretty close to the scriptorium method so often mentioned by professor Arguelles.

I manage about two lessons a day. Last one was #88, so I should be able to complete it in a week or two.

I have thought of entering everything into Anki (individual characters, words, maybe even phrases), but lately I have found that I remember better if have "produced" the text myself.

Edited by jeff_lindqvist on 22 October 2008 at 4:33pm

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24 October 2008 at 5:33pm | IP Logged 
"Rapid Literacy in Chinese" is exactly what you're looking for.


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