The first time I was introduced to the beauty of Chinese characters I instantly fell in love – or as the Chinese say, it was yijian-zhongqing; ‘love at first sight’.
I had never seen anything like it. The way each and every stroke was elegantly juxtaposed together in a seemingly simple and complex manner. Apart from being intrigued by the way Chinese characters looked, the disciplined process of writing them in order had a somewhat meditative effect on me. I have been writing characters ever since.
But what for the budding beginner, who also wants try his or her hand at mastering the art of Chinese characters? The answer lies in three simple words; Hanzi Wall Chart.
Everyone knows that writing characters, known in Chinese as ‘Hanzi’, can be quite a tricky business – there are approximately over 60,000 Chinese characters!
So when it comes to learning Mandarin Chinese, the majority of foreigners opt to predominately focus on speaking and listening as they believe that will be sufficient enough to get by in China. But why stop there? Having the ability to speak, read and write Chinese will automatically give you an upper hand!
Thinking back to when I began studying (a lifetime ago), my instant attraction to characters had helped spur me on to dedicate enough time to master them, although it wasn’t an easy task at any rate. Trying to remember that a single character can hold a plethora of different meanings independently or when compounded with another is still baffling.
In hindsight, one thing which would have really benefited me, organising the most important and widely used characters in a succinct and easily accessible manner is the Hanzi WallChart.
The Hanzi Wall Chart has been gaining widespread popularity amongst students and teachers of Chinese in the past few years. This is simply down to its simplicity and design. Here is a brief summary:
- The Hanzi WallChart is a basic pictographic chart which lists the 1,500 most common characters in the Chinese language.
- Pinyin and the English translation are provided under each written character.
- With one WallChart you can access 95% of written Chinese.
- The chart comes in high-quality PDF’s to buy and download.
- It is available in both Simplified and Traditional characters, so that you always have the right material for your region.
- Nowadays language learning is approached from a fast-paced, time efficient attitude, as many people do not have enough time to spend sitting down for a long period of time. Thus the focus on quick, high-frequency self-study is the attractive nature of the Hanzi WallChart.
- You no longer need to waste time on characters you don’t need! The characters on the charts are organized by frequency of use.
- The chart can be adapted to your needs, its accessibility means that you can always have it at hand or placed somewhere in your house.
- There are HSK Vocabulary WallCharts available for anyone taking the HSK exam.
If your spark for learning Chinese characters has been ignited, click on the link below and follow the steps to purchase your first Hanzi WallChart. You are just one step closer to becoming the Einstein of Hanzi!