Read Chinese Characters with Ease

For some Chinese learners, reading or memorizing Chinese characters is a challenging task. However, learning Chinese characters can be less struggling.  It may be helpful to connect the symbols of  characters to their meaning.

Shao’s talk introduces an effective way to learn complex characters based on only eight simple words, which she called ‘building blocks’. It is likely to build hundreds of Chinese characters and phrases based on these eight words!

Wish you enjoy the video.



  1. alphabettikitchen · January 20, 2016

    Hi, I LOVE this video, thanks so much for sharing! Learning Chinese has always seemed really daunting to me, especially with how to even start comprehending the characters but this video has filled me with hope that one day I may be able to learn! (So far my Asian language knowledge is only of Korean… much easier characters/alphabet!)

    You’ve actually given me motivation to work hard today and get back to enjoying how much new knowledge we are acquiring every day.

    Really looking forward to seeing what you post about next, feel like I may learn a lot from your blog!



    • yaonannan · January 20, 2016

      Hi, Claire. Thanks for your comments. I agree with you that Chinese characters seem really difficult to beginners. That is why learners usually start with Pinyin (Mandarin phonetic alphabet) rather than characters. The idea of this video reminds me how I learned characters in primary school.

      You seem to enjoy learning different languages! The knowledge of Korean may help you to learn Chinese, because a large number of Korean words were derived from Chinese. Though I know little about Korean, one of my friends told me that the pronunciation of some Korean words are extremely similar with Chinese, such as “library” and “credit card”. If you want to learn Chinese someday, I’m glad to help!

      Have a nice evening.



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