Learn to read Chinese ... with ease! | ShaoLanMay 12, 2020
Critic: Ingrid Lezar I grew up in Taiwan as the daughter of a calligrapher. One of my most precious memories was when my mother showed me the beauty and shape of Chinese characters. Since then she captivated me with this incredible language. But to an outsider it seems as impenetrable as the Great Wall of China. In recent years, I have wondered if I could tear down this wall, so that anyone who wants to understand and appreciate the beauty of this sophisticated language can do so. I'm starting to think how useful a new and fast way to
learnChinese would be.
Since I was five years old, I started to
learnhow to draw each line for each character in the correct order. I learned new characters every day for 15 years. Since we only have five minutes, we better have a quick and easy way. A Chinese student would understand 20,000 characters. You only need 1000 to be basically literate. The top 200 will make you understand 40 percent of the basic literature, enough to
readroad signs and menus, to understand the basic idea of web pages or newspapers. Today I'm going to start with eight to show you how the method works. Are you
Open your mouth as wide as you can until it is square. You have a mouth. He is a person who goes for a walk. Person. If the shape of the fire is a person, arms at either side, as if frantically shouting, "Help! I'm burning!" -- This symbol is actually originating from the form of flames, but I like to think so. What works for you. is a tree Tree. is a mountain The sun. Moon. The symbol on the door resembles a pair of saloon doors in the Wild West. I call these eight characters radicals. They are the basic components so that you can create many more characters.
A person. If someone walks behind, it is to "follow". As the saying goes: two is even, three is odd. If a person stretches out their arms, this person says, "It was so big." The person inside the mouth, the person is trapped. He is a prisoner, like Jonah on the whale. A tree is a tree. Two trees together are a forest. Three trees together create a forest. Put a board under the tree, then we will get the base. Putting a mouth on top of the tree: that's idiotic. (laughs) Easy to remember, since a talking tree is pretty idiotic.
Do you remember the fire? Two fires together: it makes me very hot. Three fires together are many flames. Put the fire under the two trees: burn. For us, the sun is a source of prosperity. Two suns together: prosperous. Three together: it's great. The sun and the moon shine together: that is shine. It also means tomorrow, after a day and a night. The sun rises over the horizon. Dawn. A door. Put a board on the door: it's a door lock. Put a mouth at the door: ask questions. Knock Knock. someone is home The person sneaks out the door, escapes, dodges.
On the left we have a woman. Two women together, have a fight. (Laughter) Three women together, be careful, that's adultery. So we're almost through 30 characters. Using this method, the first eight radicals will allow you to build 32. The next set of eight characters will build another 32. Then, with very little effort, you can learn a few hundred characters, as many as an eight-year-old Chinese child knows. Once we know the characters, we begin to build sentences. For example, the mountain and the fire together give us the mountain of fire. It's a volcano. We know that Japan is the land of the rising sun.
This is a sun placed with the origin, because Japan lies to the east of China. So with sun and origin together we make Japan. A person behind Japan; which we get A Japanese person. The character on the left is two mountains stacked on top of each other. In ancient China it means banishment, because the Chinese emperors exiled their political enemies over the mountains. Today banishment has changed to dating. A mouth that tells you where to exit is a way out. This is a slide that reminds me to stop talking and leave the stage. Thanks. (Applause)
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