All radicals green!

And here is the proof:

On the last picture you can see that some radicals are not green. That is because the second list differs slightly form the 5-page one that I focused on. It was very helpful when it came to practicing and memorizing words, but I based my challenge on the longer list and now I can gladly announce that it’s done 🙂

What next?
Every day I will have to work hard in order not to forget these 213 radicals!
But apart form that I am going to the New Practical Chinese Reader, to lesson 8, where I left it. Now I have to build sentences and memorize them. And learn lots of new words 🙂

I have also found a great Chinese radio source. I’ve been looking for something like that for quite a long time – an easy to use free online radio service with as much talk as possible. I have found the Chinese radio list at TuneIn.com. The website offers a list of broadcasters. All you have to do is choose something and click the Listen button.

A simple player will pop up:

I’ve been listening to this radio half the day and it’s fantastic. The Chinese is slowly changing in my head – from something “different” to a completely normal language. Listening has always been THE technique for me. I hope that it will be as useful in Chinese as it was with English, German and Italian!

Green is good

Ok. So I decided to finally show you how I use the Mandarin Poster website that I mentioned earlier. I only use the free resources. If you’re online and you’ve got a printer – nothing can stop you!

page 1

Here you can see my printout. I have an aim of memorizing 10 radicals a day. It’s not very easy, but not very difficult. I have 2 keys to this work.

1. I look for radicals that I have already seen somewhere and for those that are easy to remember. This happens mostly when the “picture” reminds me of its meaning. It is so with mouth, one, two, lid, scarf and many others.
2. I look for simple radicals that are components of other radicals.

This freedom of choice has its down sides, too. On the picture above you can see the first of 5 pages. Here is the 5th:

page 5

As you can see, the radicals are enlisted according to the number of strokes. Therefore the further you go, the more complicated the radicals get. But I don’t give up. I have already done some of the 5th-pagers, including animals: horse, fish and bird. Others are awaiting me!

And here is another list. Almost all of the radicals are included on 1 page. On the bottom right side you can find the pronunciation of all of them. The radicals are enlisted according to the number of strokes and, primarily, their popularity.

It is a very handy and useful tool to memorize words and it’s just 1 page so you can practically take it anywhere you go.I do take it everywhere and read it, scan it, practice the words on a bus, in a queue, whenever I have at least 1 minute of spare time.

I wish I could find ready lists of that kind with other groups of words. If I don’t find any I will probably create them!But maybe you know some?

Tomorrow I’m going to the lake district for several days. Keep your fingers crossed for my motivation and everyday Chinese lessons! At least an hour a day! I hope I’ll make it 🙂

Oh, and yesterday, as I strolled around Warsaw, I found out that the so called “Chinese alley” of the royal Lazienki park in Warsaw is being recunstructed. Wow! I saw a Chinese notice board in Poland’s most famous park. That was surprising! And just 5 minutes later, in the same park, I found these red lanterns:

These were definitely part of the preparations for the Chinese prime minister’s visit in Warsaw. I hope it went well and that Poland will have a lot of Chinese texts to understand 😉

2012.04.25

Today I spent quite some time searching for interesting Chinese learning blogs. I hope that I’ll be able to suggest something soon!

Right now, however, broadening my vocabulary is more important. And here is today’s 10 words:

己 – jǐ – self
彳 – chì – step
音 – yīn – sound
黑 – hēi – black
魚 – yú – fish
鳥 – niǎo – bird
馬 – mǎ – horse
香 – xiāng – fragrant
臼 – jiù – mortar
欠 – qiàn – owe, lack

2012.04.24

Today I found a new tool! http://www.nciku.com offers a lot. My favourite option is the vocabulary learning system. There are quizzes, questionaires, flashcards, dictations – a whole lot of things that you can do with your vocabulary lists!

But I am standing firmly. Today I’ve memorised 10 new words (and radicals at the same time).

巾 – jīn – cloth, scarf
干 – gān – shield
幺 – yāo – short, little
玄 – xuán – dark
禸 – róu – tail
石 – shí – stone
竹 – zhú – bamboo
网 – wǎng – net
糸 – mì – silk
艸 – cǎo – grass

I like the “tail” best. It really looks like a tail. A pig’s tail 🙂

2012.04.23

Today I have learnt 10 new radicals.

卜- bǔ – to divine, to foretell
卩- jié – kneel
匕 – bī  – spoon (my materials show it as the 3rd tone)
夊 – suī – go slowly
夂 – zhǐ – march, go
寸 – cùn – thumb, inch
尸 – shī – corpse
户 – hù – door
手 – shǒu – hand
廾 – gǒng – hands joined (two hands)

I already know 86 radicals by heart and I am proud of myself 🙂

The Method

The method turned out to be very simple. I just needed 2 pieces of information to guide me. And I got them form the book.

1. It was clearly expressed how important radicals are. Result? I threw away my books and focused on learning all of them.

2. Mr. Giles also explained the construction of phrases.
果 guǒ  means fruit.
So does:
水果 shuǐ guǒ
Hundreds of words are the same – you can express something using just one sign or two signs. At first I thought that it’s better to learn the single-sign word. Thanks to Mr. Giles I know that it’s MUCH better and more useful to learn the two-sign words.

I know – it’s nothing much. But these two thing changes my learning process completely 🙂
And I found help at Mandarin Poster.