Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are the books targeted at the complete beginner?
Yes. But they will not serve as a stand-alone introduction to the language. The books are designed to help you tackle the most difficult aspect of learning Chinese - understanding its characters. Better insight of the characters' forms will give you better insight into all aspects of the language, including its grammatical structures.

The book can serve as a learning supplement to a student of Chinese at any level, and as a resource for anyone interested in the ideographic nature of Chinese writing.

Q: How long will I take to learn 3000 characters in this approach ?

You should be able to achieve the target, with ease, in around 3-5 months, with an average of around 2-3 hours of study each day.

An approach you might find effective is to read through the explanations of all the characters, once, without attempting to memorize them, to familiarize yourself with the components and the meaning they convey in various contexts, and to get a general idea of how the characters 'work', before embarking on a more detailed study.  Such an approach could speed up the learning process, as you would gain a familiarity with the component much faster.  The more actively you engage yourself in the learning process, the faster you learn.