Phase 1: Character Building

Learn Characters Like a Memory Athlete

Learning Chinese characters is 100% essential because this allows you to read, and reading (and listening) is the key to fluency. Using our mnemonic visualization system “The Hanzi Movie Method”, learning characters is easier than ever before.

Unlock the Superpower Hiding Inside All of Us: Mnemonic Visualization

The most effective methods for memorizing information tap into our innate ability to visualize. These techniques are used by World Memory Champions to perform astounding feats, such as memorizing a deck of cards in 17 seconds or 520 random digits in five minutes. We have simply adapted them to Chinese characters in a highly systemized way, changing the game of Mandarin learning forever. Here’s how it works.

Use Objects to Remember the Character Components

You can use our suggestions, those of other course members, or choose a completely new 3D object that represents the meaning or appearance of the component you need to learn. We call these objects “props”.

Use People and Places from Your Life to Remember the Pinyin and Tones

You can use our suggestions, those of other course members, or choose a completely new 3D object that represents the meaning or appearance of the component you need to learn. We call these objects “props”.

Use Places to Remember the Pinyin Finals

Choose buildings you know well to represent the endings of Chinese syllables known as ‘finals’. These “movie sets” can be places you’ve lived, homes of friends and families, workplaces, stores, or any other place you know well.

Use Rooms to Remember the Five Tones

The rooms or areas within your “sets” will represent the tone of the character you are learning. Outside the entrance is first tone, in the hallway or kitchen is second tone, bedrooms and living rooms are third tone, the bathroom and backyard is fourth tone, and the fifth tone is on the roof.

Shoot Movie Scene in Your Mind to Remember any Character Forever

This is where it all comes together. Your actor will interact with the various props within the right room of the right set to visually represent the meaning of the Chinese character you need to learn. As your skills improve, we will introduce “Special Effects” taken straight from the teachings of world memory champions and our own innovation to make your mini-movies even more vivid and personal to you.

Using this technique, you will learn how to read, pronounce and even write any Chinese character in less than one minute, and never forget it.

Learn the Right Characters at the Right Time with OCLO

OCLO - Optimal Character Learning Order

It’s not just the method of learning that matters, but just as important is learning the right characters at the right time. By following our Optimal Character Learning Order, you will only learn a new character component that is made up of other simple components you already know. Learning common components ‘unlocks’ high-frequency characters, and common vocabulary are unlocked only when you learn their characters.

Start Speed-Learning Chinese Characters Today!