If you want any long-term success with Mandarin, then learning Chinese characters is 100% essential.
Why? Well characters allow you to read……reading is the fastest way to acquire vocabulary……and acquiring vocabulary makes you fluent.
With the current methods available, Chinese characters are really hard to learn.
If you learn characters from a native speaker, then you will likely be “rote learning”, which means writing or reviewing them over and over again until they are burned into your brain.
Even the latest flashy apps and websites that claim to teach characters are just using some form of rote learning!
Visualisation and memory
The most effective methods for learning characters (or anything, really) employ certain memory techniques that tap into our brain’s visualisation and creative power. These same memory techniques are used by memory champions around the world to perform incredible feats, such as memorizing decks of cards in order in mere minutes and spouting off 1,000s of digits of pi.
You see, our brains did not evolve to be any good whatsoever at remembering words, numbers, or Chinese characters. However, it did evolve to be incredibly adept at remembering people, places, and objects, especially when emotions or memorable visuals or sounds are involved.
All these memory champions do is associate the unmemorable number or words they want to remember with very memorable things and create a system to make the whole process as fast as possible.
THE HANZI MOVIE METHOD
Close your eyes and imagine the following as vividly as you can:
You are standing outside your childhood home. Next to you is a giant crucifix sticking out of the ground. In front of the crucifix stands Gandalf from lord of the rings. He is protecting the crucifix from Neo (Keanu Reeves from the matrix), who begins to run at both Gandalf and the crucifix. Gandalf shouts “You Shall not pass!”, attempting to stop him, but Neo simply jumps over him in slow motion, landing on the crucifix, driving it into the ground. This makes the ground turn into desert sand. Both Gandalf and Neo fall to the ground gasping for a drink of water.
Would you believe you just learned a Chinese character using the “Hanzi Movie Method”?! Each detail within that “movie” represents a key piece of information regarding the character 干 gān, meaning “dry”.
Each character is like a movie scene in your head, complete with actors, props, sets and scripts, all of which represent the key pieces of information for each character.
The best part? all of these elements are chosen by you, which transforms each character you learn into an autobiographical waltz through your life, packed with movie special effects and crazy camera angles.
But that’s not all. We have been teaching this method for literally hundreds of hours to over 250 people over the last 3 years and we have become very good at it.
We have picked up a lot of extra tricks that not only allow anyone to learn this whole new skill in just a few short hours, but also how to make these “mini movies” so vibrant and personal and engaging that you will be able to learn any character in less than 1 minute and never forget it. Ever.
The Hanzi Movie Method is just a part of our upcoming project that will allow you to use a variety of advanced tools and memory techniques to acquire 80% of Chinese characters, vocabulary and grammar in as little as a few weeks. It will be available towards the end of 2018.
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