Learning to Read Mandarin Chinese? 1000 Most Frequently Used Characters with Tone Colors! (English Edition)
Überblick:If you only learn the first 100 Chinese characters in this book you'll be able to recognize more than 50% of all commonly printed Chinese text! But if you learn all 1000 characters you'll be able to recognize over 95% of all printed text.Chinese characters are printed in black & white on one page and then again in color on the next facing page along with the Pinyin and a very brief English definition for each character.You can test yourself by flipping from the black & white page to the color page memorizing each character’s tone color and it’s Pinyin name. Eventually by recalling the character’s color you’ll automatically know it’s correct tone.It’s very easy to remember which color represents which tone: 1.RED High Alert (High tone) 2.ORANGERising Sun (Rising tone)3.GREENGreen Valley (Down/Up)4.BLUEDeep Blue Sea (Down)5.BLACKNeutral (Neutral Tone)The characters are presented in the order of most frequently used (first) to least frequently used. Try memorizing the characters before worrying about their English definition(s). Later after learning to recognize the character it’s tone color and it’s Pinyin name then you can start to add the various English definitions.Again… by memorizing the tone colors you’ll find that when you read regular black Chinese text you’ll be able to easily recall (visualize) the color of each character hence know it’s correct tone.This book is interleaved with blank pages so that the printed pages are all facing the same way up thus allowing you to conveniently flip “in-situ” between black text and color/pinyin. You could maybe use those blank pages for study notes.English definitions are very short and of course there’s many definitions for the same word that cannot be shown. This book is definitely not a dictionary! It’s simply a character learning aid.