Here’s Where to Start Learning to Read and Write Chinese Characters
Maybe you’re totally new to learning Chinese, or maybe you’re like us, and you’ve bought books, flashcards, and a video course, but you’re still struggling to remember Chinese characters for the long term. Don’t worry, you don’t have a “bad memory”, you just need a new, visual approach.
In addition to doing your best to remember Chinese characters, you may also have heard of the HSK (or maybe not!) and are interested in one day having a certificate to prove that you can speak Chinese. After all, what’s the point of all this studying if you can’t slap that baby on a resume?! Wherever you are in your Chinese learning journey, this post is dedicated to you! And by the way, if you read to the bottom, you’ll find out how you can actually earn money by studying Chinese with us (no tricks!)
We know tons of you struggle to find the right way to learn Chinese, as well as how to make time every week, never mind every day, to study (hey, we’ve been there too!). Very few people have time to dedicate 1-hour every day to study. Plus, even if you do have time, many serious language learners say that studying for 15 minutes every day is far more effective than 2-3 hours every week. At Written Chinese, we’re all about bite-sized chunks, that’s why we created My HSK Dictionary!
My HSK Dictionary provides weekly HSK 1 worksheets designed for students to study every element of a Chinese character. Each worksheet should take you between 10 and 20 minutes to complete. Every day you study your language knowledge will increase without making you feel disheartened or guilty, even if you miss a study sess!
Every week you study, you’ll get closer to taking and pass the HSK 1 exam!
My HSK Dictionary is for you if you
– only have a short time to study each day
– want to pass the HSK 1 exam
– really want to learn Chinese, but you’re not sure how to get started
– want to learn how to write Chinese characters from scratch
– are struggling to get into a regular study routine
– feel overwhelmed by all the books and resources you have for learning Chinese
With My HSK Dictionary, you’ll receive weekly bite-sized lessons to help you study and pass the Official Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK).
WHAT IS HSK?
The HSK is a standardized test that measures your level of Mandarin Chinese. Specifically, your level of reading and writing Chinese characters, but there’s also a listening test, called the HSKK. It’s an internationally recognized certificate and, depending on your HSK level, may help you apply for University courses or jobs!
Even if you’re just learning Chinese for fun, or to communicate with friends and family, having a specific goal in mind can often help us do something better!
My HSK Dictionary can help you achieve these goals!
WHAT DO I GET WITH MY SUBSCRIPTION?
When you subscribe to My HSK Dictionary, you’ll receive 5 new Chinese word worksheets every week. Each worksheet allows you to record each character by designing a visual that will trigger your memory. You can write notes or create a mnemonic device. There’s plenty of space to practice writing the characters, as well as adding your own example sentences.
HOW DO I USE THE WORKSHEETS?
You can use the worksheets however you want! You can be creative with your worksheets by coloring and designing your own unique way of remembering each character, or just keep them simple!
Each worksheet has space for you to practice writing the characters. You can even go to our Online Dictionary and follow the stroke animations to make sure you’re doing it right! You’ll even get extra worksheets to printout if you need more practice!
Feel a sense of accomplishment, achievement and pride in your Dictionary, as it grows week by week.
Want to Earn While You Study?
We want you to share your work with the community so that we can all get inspired together by our Chinese learning journeys!
We will pay you $5 for every high-quality photograph of your creative HSK pages. Here are the rules:
1. Complete an HSK page with a creative visual way to remember the Chinese character in the space provided.
2. Take a high-quality photo of the visual way you remember the Chinese character. This should be the upper-left corner of the worksheet. We’ve found the photos look best when taken from above in natural light. An example of how we hope that the photos will look at are the images that you see on this page. The point is to show off your work and inspire others to participate!
3. Send your completed photos to support @ writtenchinese.com along with your Paypal email address. We will review the photos for quality and post those that we believe will be really helpful for Chinese learners!
4. If we chose your photo(s), we will post it on our website or to social media to inspire other learners and we will also pay you $5 in your Paypal account for every photo we use.
Sounds like fun? Get learning!!!
My HSK Dictionary FAQ
How much does it cost?
My HSK Dictionary is a monthly subscription that costs $5.99 per month. That’s less than 30 cents per worksheet!
Why do you only send 5 words a week?
Our HSK Dictionary worksheets have been designed not only to learn each and every character but also to remember their meaning in your unique way. You’ll also learn how to write each character by following the stroke order on the worksheets and by using the animations on our Dictionary. So, while 5 words a week might not sound a lot, the aim is that you’ll know the ins and outs of every single character, not just on the surface.
Is HSK 1 the only option?
At the moment we’re trialing HSK 1, but if its successful we’ll definitely continue with all the HSK levels, 1-6.
How can I track my progress?
Once you’ve started your subscription, we’ll send you a My HSK Dictionary Index, so you can track all the words you’ve studied. You’ll also be able to tick off the areas that you know well, so you know which to return to if they need more work.
I have questions about learning Chinese, who can I ask?
You can contact us at support @ writtenchinese.com with any questions you have! Furthermore, you can share your journey with fellow members on the Online Dictionary. You can also post your mnemonic devices, study methods and even the way you keep your dictionary!