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Character recognition?

Posted by frank January 24, 2008 in the Group General Discussion.

I've always found learning the characters to be the most daunting part of the Chinese learning process. I'm curious to know how my fellow learners tackled this problem. More specifically, I'm curious about how you view the characters themselves.

For the longest time, I was simply trying to imprint a "picture" in my mind and associate it with a sound and a meaning. As time went on, I began to realize that the characters weren't random brush strokes set forth by some ancient scholar, but a highly evolved form of hieroglyphics. The parts, or radicals, repeat over and over again and lend meanings or pronunciation clues. Making that connection helped me enormously.

What about you? Do you struggle with this, too? What are some of your solutions?

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