Chinese Character FlashcardsA Java applet to assist in the learning of Chinese characters. Currently the 1,000 most frequently used characters are in the database but I hope to add more as time goes on. I have a new version of the flashcards with many improvements. How to Use: Levels: The table is divided into ten levels, with 100 characters in each level. The information table that this applet uses is 134K bytes large and may take a minute or two to load depending on the speed of you computer and modem connection. Many people have written me inquiring if they could download this flashcard applet and run it locally. Some other features that have been requested (and which I will try to include in upcoming releases) are: Ability to hear the pinyin for the character pronounced. I'm interested in hearing your ideas and suggestions for this tool.
Chineasy uses illustrations to break down and teach Chinese charactersEntrepreneur and venture capitalist ShaoLan Hsueh has developed a simple methodology -- called Chineasy -- to allow non-Chinese readers to learn written Chinese characters. Chineasy -- which aims to "penetrate the Great Wall of Chinese Language" -- works by taking a few core characters from the Chinese language and using illustrations and simple stories to help people memorise their meaning. Once people can recognise these characters, it is easy to recognise a family of related characters. Starting with eight core characters -- fire, tree, Sun, Moon, person, mouth, door, mountain -- students can learn 64 different words and combine them to create simple sentences. Hsueh grew up in Taiwan and is the daughter of a calligrapher and a professor of ceramic art. This triggered her to try and find an easier way to teach the language. "It's a hobby that has developed into a methodology, using characters, animations and colours," she added. "For me it's a legacy.