James W. Heisig - Remembering Simplified Hanzi 1 & 20.43MB. 0 audio & 0 images. Updated 2015-12-02.
Sample (from 3225 notes)
|ComponentsSearch||deck:current tag:RSH is:suspended (hanzi:词 or keyword:"say" or keyword:"mouth" or keyword:"one" or keyword:"p.clothes hanger" or keyword:"two" or keyword:"p.top hat" or keyword:"take charge of")|
|Tags||RSH1-49 RSH RSH1|
|ComponentsSearch||deck:current tag:RSH is:suspended (hanzi:雅 or keyword:"tooth" or keyword:"p.turkey" or keyword:"spear (n.)" or keyword:"p.box")|
|Tags||RSH RSH2 RSH2-51 SameSimpTrad|
|ComponentsSearch||deck:current tag:RSH is:suspended (hanzi:川)|
|Tags||FSI-StandardChinese-ORN1 RSH1-08 RSH RSH1 SameSimpTrad|
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After going through nearly 1300 cards with this deck, I found I had a couple of problems with the Heiseg method.
First, even after more than a thousand characters, there were many common words I still didn't know.
Second, I knew the key words but not the Pinyin.
So I zapped my deck and followed the suggestion of suspending, finding the words and tracing back through the characters and words building it up.This is far better as it uses the best parts of Heiseg - keywords and build up - along with learning the words I want to know. This deck is essential for this approach because it contains the ComponentsSearch..
My earlier studies were not wasted as I focus now on the pinyin. I have created a new card which goes from Pinyin back to Hanzi, keyword,and ComponentsSearch and attacking it again.
The Heisig method, by itself, is a phenomenally efficient way to learn the 汉字 and this deck makes it doubly so. By providing the SQL for extracting the cards related to a given character, the author has created a very flexible resource. Rather than suspending and unsuspending cards, as suggested by the author, I prefer to hive cards off into filtered decks.
Ok, before I start praising this Deck, a major problem of Heisig's method has to be mentioned. The original author, James W. Heisig, learned the 2,000 characters of the Japanese alphabet (which is almost identical to the simplified Chinese alphabet) in about a month. He did this by dissecting the characters into smaller pieces, which were either themselves characters, or, just smaller pieces without a separate meaning, but repeating in other characters. He then put those characters in an increasing and meaningful order, so that you have learned it’s elements before you learn a complex character. He also uses the method of creating little ‘stories’ for every character based on its elements, so that you can remember it (this might sound like it’s adding complexity, but actually it’s a proven method since the invention of rhetoric and used by almost all master of public speech). But he did not write a language text book with grammar, vocabulary, phrases, etc. Because of the different order of presentation of characters of Heisig’s method compared to real textbooks or actual language courses, you had to learn ALL the characters before you take the course or read the textbook. This Anki deck solves this problem elegantly. At the start you have to suspend all cards of this Deck. Then you search for your character, activate it and its simpler parts by unsuspending them as described in the author notes above. Just unsuspend more characters as needed. I was just wondering how to import my painfully typed excel sheet of the first 1,500 characters to Anki and now I find this Deck…it’s freaking awesome!