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The Radical Way to Learn Chinese Characters

When you look at a Chinese character you’re not looking at a random assortment of lines, swoops and slashes that need to be written over and over again to be memorized. Do not try to memorize the sequence of strokes. Instead, try to realize the truth…

What truth?

That every single Chinese character is actually a combination of smaller components that are assembled together to form that character. This is similar to how letters are assembled together to form words. With Chinese characters, each of these smaller components conveys a meaning or pronunciation clue. Therefore, if you can recognize the components inside Chinese characters you will be able to decipher new characters you encounter and efficiently remember them.

We believe students should FIRST learn these simpler building block components before they begin learning whole Chinese characters. Think about it. You learn to write your basic ABCs before you start to write whole words like “medicine”, so why don’t you learn the basic pictographs and ideographs 幺, 艹, 白 and 木 before you learn to write the whole character “藥”?

(Plus, most of the 400 components are standalone Chinese characters themselves that you’ll need to learn anyway!)

For those of you who have already spent time studying Chinese, you are probably familiar with 部首 (bùshǒu). Some of these basic building blocks we’re referring to are 部首, but there are also many other components besides these. All 100,000 Chinese characters are merely different combinations of the 400 simple components we teach in our Chinese Components Mastery Course. The secret to quickly mastering huge numbers of Chinese characters is to first learn these 400 basic components.




The Chinese Components Mastery Course Is Designed For

1. Newbies who want to get a HUGE head start on learning Chinese characters.

2. Current learners who feel frustrated and/or overwhelmed and want a more efficient study approach.

3. Veteran Chinese scholars who want to add another thoroughly researched reference tool to their arsenal.

Our Chinese courses are designed for both independent learners who are studying Chinese on their own and for schools looking to integrate our software into their classroom Chinese courses

If you are a Chinese instructor, department head, school superintendent or dean who is interested in implementing our software into your existing Chinese course, the ABCS of Chinese team has made numerous design decisions specifically to meet your needs. Please look through the “Classroom Integration” content below to help you better assess our company’s values, the adaptability of our software and our class integration solutions.

If you are an individual who is interested in using our software on your own for self-study purposes, go for it! We have thousands of independent learners using the ABCs of Chinese web app to master Chinese characters. You’ll have full control to tweak our curriculum to best fit your needs. You can learn more about our curriculum “playlists” and pricing below.



Learn at your own pace and comfort zone. You can go as fast or as slow as you like!



We can integrate into your classroom like the Matrix. You can be the Neo of Chinese Character Learning.



Think of us like the Porsche dealership of Chinese Character Learning systems, except with Kia prices.


The ABCs of Chinese Team

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