After years of searching for a product that would work for me, I have created these study guides.
If you have tried to learn Chinese or to teach others, you have probably experienced the confusion of remembering all of the strokes in characters that have similar forms.
These guides are meant to complement a variety of instructional methods, whether they introduce characters by category (food, weather, greetings, etc.) or by radicals and stroke order.
Although there are many works designed to help learners to appreciate the historic treasures and poetic beauty that underlie Chinese characters, these guides are designed for the beginner who needs to focus on getting through introductory vocabulary. It is my hope that these guides will reduce frustration in the early lessons so that learners can continue to study and build fluency with their teachers.
These guides organize characters with similar features. The meaning is represented with a picture to reduce confusion, and to make this guide usable for people who are learning Chinese from any native language. As well, the page is arranged so that the vocabulary can be cut or folded for flashcard-style studying.
Students are encouraged to color the parts of the characters that are similar for visual learning. Also, there is space to build muscle memory by writing each character with proper stroke order several times.