Learning Chinese characters

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Chinese does not have an alphabet.  But there are some 'foundational' characters that are the building blocks of other characters.

Getting familiar with these 'building blocks' will make learning the other characters much much easier. 

In local Chinese Medium of Instruction schools, students learn these characters during Kindergarten. In the International school system there is perhaps a less methodical approach, but most likely students will learn these characters in lower primary. 

Chinese does not have an alphabet.  But there are some 'foundational' characters that are the building blocks of other characters.

Familiarity  with these 'building blocks' will make learning other more characters much much easier. 

In local Chinese Medium of Instruction schools, students learn these characters during Kindergarten. In the International school system there is perhaps a less methodical approach, but most likely students will learn these characters in lower primary. 

Basically, if you are at the beginning of the Chinese learning journey, do spend some time learning the foundational characters.   Your effort will pay off further down the line. 

Do:

  • Write them with the correct stroke order

  • Make sure you know what the characters means

  • Make sure you know how to pronounce them

  • Make sure you can write them without a prompt

Our first collection fo 50 Chinese characters are exactly the same in traditional and simplified. 

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