How to learn Chinese Characters efficiently? / Chinese Characters dictionary & recognition

Hello! My name is Joanna Lee, and I teach Chinese on Verbling. Since 2015 I have been fully dedicated to teaching Mandarin. During this 5-year period, I have taught students from 30 different countries -- accumulating more than 5000 teaching hours.

Many students often ask me if there is any good APP for learning Chinese characters. Last time I recommended Skritter, and today I recommend another very useful APP called Pleco.


If you expand your reading to include internet articles, blogs and news then you will certainly come across characters that you do not recognize (you might even encounter them while exchanging text messages with friends. When it comes to electronic dictionaries, one of the most popular (and arguably the very best) app is Pleco. Pleco is a Chinese dictionary that runs on either Iphones or Android phones and it is outstanding. It provides you with both Chinese – English and English – Chinese functions. In addition to being a dictionary, Pleco offers a superb selection of add-ons that enhance its functionality. The basic version (which is free at the time of writing this article) comes with a light dictionary,

Dictionaries: You can purchase and add on different types of well-known dictionaries to Pleco. Examples of dictionaries you can add-on include the Oxford Chinese Dictionary, ABC
Chinese- English Comprehensive Dictionary, NWP English – Chinese Dictionary. In addition, you can purchase specialized dictionaries (example: ABC Dictionary of Chinese Proverbs, A Student’s Dictionary of Classical and Medieval Chinese). It also offers Chinese – German, Chinese – French, Chinese – Italian and Chinese – Spanish dictionaries.
An outstanding value for beginners to intermediate learners would be the Tuttle Learner’s Chinese – English Dictionary (which includes detailed explanations and many example sentences).

Add-ons: You can also purchase a wide range of very useful add-ons. Here are the top three for learning Chinese characters:

(a) Flashcard reader: The most useful add-on for learning Chinese characters is their flashcard add-on. You can turn any dictionary entry into a flashcard in Pleco. You can then test yourself on these flashcards from within Pleco. This add-on includes a wide-range of settings including how you can use spaced repetition, testing only on character recognition vs pinyin etc.

(b) OCR function: Another very useful add-on is Pleco’s OCR function. Pleco can use your phone’s camera to capture a picture of a Chinese character. The OCR will attempt to recognize the character and provide you with a link to its dictionary entry for that character. You can do this “live” by simply hovering your camera over the character. Alternatively you can take a picture of the character and have Pleco recognize the character in the picture. You can actually do this for entire paragraphs of Chinese (example: a page in a book) by taking a picture. Pleco will then try to recognize all the characters. You can then tap on the character in the picture and see the dictionary entry for that character. Even better, you can then immediately add that character to your flashcards if you wish.

(c) Document Reader: this allows you to paste Chinese text from your clipboard into Pleco. You can then read the text in Pleco and tap on any character you don’t recognize (which will then bring up the associated Pleco dictionary entries for you). This is great for reading articles, online posts and email on your phone. You simply copy text from the source and it will appear in Pleco.
In addition to the above, Pleco also offers graded readers (you can tap and look up words you don’t recognize), handwriting recognition, stroke order diagrams for entries, audio for entries as well as different types of fonts (hint: if you want to learn to recognize “handwritten” Chinese, you may wish to purchase the Xing font which is a type of semi-cursive font). Pleco also offers its dictionaries and add-ons in various bundles.
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✅✅Why Joanna is so different: ✊100% commitment to your progress -- focus on your pronunciation, grammar, word usage, conversation and writing skills. ✊Helped 100 students pass HSK exams. ✊Patient, organized, skilled, efficient, relaxed, prepared. ✊Native Chinese speaker(Speaking Mandarin, Cantonese, Hakka). ✊a certified Chinese teacher -- "Chinese High School Mandarin Teacher Certification" & "Mandarin Level certification" . ✊Bachelor’s degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language. ✊Teaching SIMPLIFIED CHINESE - the most popular - using the Pinyin system (the Alphabet). ✊5 years of teaching experience with more than 5000 teaching hours. ✊10 years of working experience in HR and marketing. 📢📢Free study resources: My recent article for Chinese characters learning: ❀ https://zh.verbling.com/articles/post/for-chinese-beginner-learning-chinese-ch ❀ https://zh.verbling.com/editor/article/5f029d89162db40008d8d061 🌺🌺Course Advantages: *I will be providing great and continuous guidance, including how to self-study and learn with me, and how to develop good habits. *I have special approach for your language problems that will make it easier for you to speak Chinese fluently. *Every student has got a clear and standard pronunciation, because I'm especially at correcting your pronunciation mistakes and guiding you on how to pronounce correctly. *I really like expending the lesson depending on the direction where the conversation is headed, so you can improve your conversation skill in a real-life situation and have a more deep understanding to the new words' usage, and have more chances to organize the sentences' structure. *Writing and speaking are not the same, in my writing class, you will learn not only the general writing skills but also how to use the words and grammar you have learned to connect each sentence to make the article clearer, concise and logical. *My teaching methods for you would be easy to understand and suitable for your needs. *I am always well prepared for the classes and adapt the materials for your ability and interest. *Working with me would be interesting, efficient, and in a relaxed manner. *Building upon review to improve: 1)After–class feedback & summary, and my correction to student's mistakes; 2)Supplementary lesson notes, grammar points, and exercises to accompany educational resources; 3)Usage of a variety of activities to review language items. (4) After class homework: · Teacher-designed exercises, free writing exercises, record students' speaking, etc; 🎓🎓My Chinese Course: ★★★For adult★★★ ✅HSK Test Preparation Course✅ I am very familiar with the HSK exam system and have helped many students pass the exams. Learn HSK with me, you will get a lot of HSK materials, master the test skills, really improve your Chinese, and finally pass the test. Study Materials: ❥HSK Standard Course ❥Chinese HSK Grammar ❥HSK Vocabulary ❥HSK Writing ❥HSK Testpaper The course consists of two parts: Part I: Learning new words and grammar points through dialogues and passages with certified HSK material. Practice speaking, listening, reading comprehension and writing skills with teachers using fun and effective teaching methods. Part II: Acquire familiarity with the HSK exam. • Learn how to register for the HSK exam. • Learn more about each type of test question and become familiar with test requirements. • Gain valuable experience by taking mock HSK test papers and receive targeted feedback from our teachers in order to improve your comprehension and test-taking skills. • Gain the ability to estimate how prepared you are for your current exam level by taking part in the mock HSK test. Based on your current skill level and requirements, I will advise you about whether you should take both part I and part II of our HSK Preparation Course. ✅Business Chinese Course✅ In my business classes, I will use my work experience(HR & Marketing) and knowledge, help you to learn more professional knowledge, help you better communicate and work with Chinese colleagues and customers, AND REALLY HELP YOU SOLVE YOUR BUSINESS PROBLEMS. ★★★ What will you learn in this course? 1. Regular Business Course. 2. Customized Service, like: ★Employment Opportunities Course The course is aimed at providing students with the necessary knowledge and skills to confidently pursue employment in China. (I worked as a Human Resources Officer for four years in a Chinese organization, and I continue to have strong connections in the human resources industry. ) ★Business Writing Course 1) Write effective emails, letters, memos, reports, speech, Write for Social Media. 2) Identify grammatical and punctuation problems in your writing. 3) Analyze a writing situation and determine the appropriate communication strategy, format, style, and content. 4) Organize information and ideas logically, efficiently, and effectively. And any other specific requests? Just tell me! ★★★Customer Case: Student’s problem: One day, Ms. Rifkind, a Chinese learner for almost 2 years, told me that she would introduce herself in Chinese in an upcoming conference presentation. She would communicate in Chinese to the investors, professionals, and parents during coffee breaks, at cocktail and dinner tables. And so she might like to learn and practice Chinese around these topics with me. My Solution: 1. I made a specific list of the topics that we would learn in Chinese classes. 2. I made the customized study materials based on the above topics, the materials. 3. I created more opportunities for her to practice. Writing, Discussing, Conversation Practice, Role-playing, Pronounce Training 4. I gave her my corrections to her mistakes, my feedback on her work, and the summary of the classes. 5. I gave some advice on how to socialize with different groups of Chinese people on different occasions. ✅Comprehensive(Regular) Chinese Course / Spoken Chinese Course & Pronunciation Correction / Writing Chinese Course✅ Whether you are a beginner or an advanced learner of Mandarin Chinese, if you would like to receive systematic training in speaking, listening, reading and writing. You will learn faster and better than before, when I make Chinese learning fun, easy and practical. The Comprehensive Chinese Course consists of grammar, reading comprehension, phonic spelling, vocabulary, conversation, writing practice, and general knowledge. We will also have special writing, reading, listening or speaking classes if you would like to improve one of these skills. Other advantages of the course: 1) Lots of practical study Material: Textbooks: ❥Developing Chinese (发展汉语) ❥Our Chinese Classroom (我们的汉语教室) ❥New Target Chinese Language(新目标汉语) ❥New Practical Chinese Reader (新实用汉语) ❥Integrated Chinese(中文听说读写) ❥Experiencing Chinese(体验汉语) ❥Erya Chinese (尔雅中文) ❥Road to Success(成功之路) ❥Learn Chinese Characters from Ms. Zhang(跟张老师学汉字) ❥Other textbooks that suit you or you prefer to would be great too. Customized materials: Based on your level and your need, I will make my teaching material based around hot, interesting, funny topics, including: ❥Chinese songs, movies, TV programs, and other videos ❥Chinese stories ❥Chinese hot news materials ❥Daily life dialogues ❥Survival in China 2) Pronunciation Correction: Many students have a lot of problems with their pronunciation(Pinyin), especially the Chinese tone. However, after having spoken classes with me, their pronunciation has become more and more standard. The reason is that I have my own teaching methods and I am very good at correcting students' pronunciation. 3) Speaking Chinese for the Real World: I will teach you how to express yourself with a proper means of expression in real-life situations. 4) Relaxed and Harmonious Classroom Atmosphere: I’m a friendly teacher to my students, and my students always tell me that they can feel relaxed and comfortable in my classes. ★★★For Kids & Teenagers★★★ ✅Chinese Classes for Kids & Teenagers (from 8 to 17 years old)✅ 1. A rich variety of learning resources: ❥Recommended Chinese Textbooks: Chinese Made Easy for Kids Learn Chinese with Me Kuaile Hanyu Yeah! Chinese! Chinese Paradise My First Chinese Reader ❥Picture books: Just like English picture books, Chinese picture books have simple vocabulary along with fun and interesting pictures that can be entertaining for kids and teenagers. So Picture books are essential in my classes. ❥Cartoons & Movies & TV Programs: These videos help young learners learn Chinese language and obtain a good understanding of Chinese culture. I may select classic and recently released Chinese cartoons and videos for them. And through practice with me, they can improve practical language skills. ❥Chinese storybooks: Learn Chinese from stories! I provide rich e-books for my students, which is organized around the most common themes, such as hobbies, transportation, sports, travel, school life, and so on. ❥Chinese Songs: Both kids and teenagers love songs! Singing popular songs in Chinese can be a great and fantastic way to learn Chinese for young learners. So I will help my students increase their vocabulary, phrases, and basic sentence structures, help them acquire the standard accent naturally through Chinese songs. ❥Flashcards: Playing flashcards is a good way to memorize the Chinese words and phrases. This is an important and powerful tool for practice in my classes. 2. Game-based classes: A fun and interactive class format allow my students to learn Chinese in a pleasant and engaging atmosphere. 3. YCT Speaking or Writing Prep Lessons YCT is short for the Young Learners Chinese Test. YCT consists of a writing test and a speaking test, which are independent of each other. My YCT Test Prep Courses are designed to accommodate students' actual level and help them pass the exams. Chinese Classes for Kids & Teenagers
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✅✅Why Joanna is so different: ✊100% commitment to your progress -- focus on your pronunciation, grammar, word usage, conversation and writing skills. ✊Helped 100 students pass HSK exams. ✊Patient, organized, skilled, efficient, relaxed, prepared. ✊Native Chinese speaker(Speaking Mandarin, Cantonese, Hakka). ✊a certified Chinese teacher -- "Chinese High School Mandarin Teacher Certification" & "Mandarin Level certification" . ✊Bachelor’s degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language. ✊Teaching SIMPLIFIED CHINESE - the most popular - using the Pinyin system (the Alphabet). ✊5 years of teaching experience with more than 5000 teaching hours. ✊10 years of working experience in HR and marketing. 📢📢Free study resources: My recent article for Chinese characters learning: ❀ https://zh.verbling.com/articles/post/for-chinese-beginner-learning-chinese-ch ❀ https://zh.verbling.com/editor/article/5f029d89162db40008d8d061 🌺🌺Course Advantages: *I will be providing great and continuous guidance, including how to self-study and learn with me, and how to develop good habits. *I have special approach for your language problems that will make it easier for you to speak Chinese fluently. *Every student has got a clear and standard pronunciation, because I'm especially at correcting your pronunciation mistakes and guiding you on how to pronounce correctly. *I really like expending the lesson depending on the direction where the conversation is headed, so you can improve your conversation skill in a real-life situation and have a more deep understanding to the new words' usage, and have more chances to organize the sentences' structure. *Writing and speaking are not the same, in my writing class, you will learn not only the general writing skills but also how to use the words and grammar you have learned to connect each sentence to make the article clearer, concise and logical. *My teaching methods for you would be easy to understand and suitable for your needs. *I am always well prepared for the classes and adapt the materials for your ability and interest. *Working with me would be interesting, efficient, and in a relaxed manner. *Building upon review to improve: 1)After–class feedback & summary, and my correction to student's mistakes; 2)Supplementary lesson notes, grammar points, and exercises to accompany educational resources; 3)Usage of a variety of activities to review language items. (4) After class homework: · Teacher-designed exercises, free writing exercises, record students' speaking, etc; 🎓🎓My Chinese Course: ★★★For adult★★★ ✅HSK Test Preparation Course✅ I am very familiar with the HSK exam system and have helped many students pass the exams. Learn HSK with me, you will get a lot of HSK materials, master the test skills, really improve your Chinese, and finally pass the test. Study Materials: ❥HSK Standard Course ❥Chinese HSK Grammar ❥HSK Vocabulary ❥HSK Writing ❥HSK Testpaper The course consists of two parts: Part I: Learning new words and grammar points through dialogues and passages with certified HSK material. Practice speaking, listening, reading comprehension and writing skills with teachers using fun and effective teaching methods. Part II: Acquire familiarity with the HSK exam. • Learn how to register for the HSK exam. • Learn more about each type of test question and become familiar with test requirements. • Gain valuable experience by taking mock HSK test papers and receive targeted feedback from our teachers in order to improve your comprehension and test-taking skills. • Gain the ability to estimate how prepared you are for your current exam level by taking part in the mock HSK test. Based on your current skill level and requirements, I will advise you about whether you should take both part I and part II of our HSK Preparation Course. ✅Business Chinese Course✅ In my business classes, I will use my work experience(HR & Marketing) and knowledge, help you to learn more professional knowledge, help you better communicate and work with Chinese colleagues and customers, AND REALLY HELP YOU SOLVE YOUR BUSINESS PROBLEMS. ★★★ What will you learn in this course? 1. Regular Business Course. 2. Customized Service, like: ★Employment Opportunities Course The course is aimed at providing students with the necessary knowledge and skills to confidently pursue employment in China. (I worked as a Human Resources Officer for four years in a Chinese organization, and I continue to have strong connections in the human resources industry. ) ★Business Writing Course 1) Write effective emails, letters, memos, reports, speech, Write for Social Media. 2) Identify grammatical and punctuation problems in your writing. 3) Analyze a writing situation and determine the appropriate communication strategy, format, style, and content. 4) Organize information and ideas logically, efficiently, and effectively. And any other specific requests? Just tell me! ★★★Customer Case: Student’s problem: One day, Ms. Rifkind, a Chinese learner for almost 2 years, told me that she would introduce herself in Chinese in an upcoming conference presentation. She would communicate in Chinese to the investors, professionals, and parents during coffee breaks, at cocktail and dinner tables. And so she might like to learn and practice Chinese around these topics with me. My Solution: 1. I made a specific list of the topics that we would learn in Chinese classes. 2. I made the customized study materials based on the above topics, the materials. 3. I created more opportunities for her to practice. Writing, Discussing, Conversation Practice, Role-playing, Pronounce Training 4. I gave her my corrections to her mistakes, my feedback on her work, and the summary of the classes. 5. I gave some advice on how to socialize with different groups of Chinese people on different occasions. ✅Comprehensive(Regular) Chinese Course / Spoken Chinese Course & Pronunciation Correction / Writing Chinese Course✅ Whether you are a beginner or an advanced learner of Mandarin Chinese, if you would like to receive systematic training in speaking, listening, reading and writing. You will learn faster and better than before, when I make Chinese learning fun, easy and practical. The Comprehensive Chinese Course consists of grammar, reading comprehension, phonic spelling, vocabulary, conversation, writing practice, and general knowledge. We will also have special writing, reading, listening or speaking classes if you would like to improve one of these skills. Other advantages of the course: 1) Lots of practical study Material: Textbooks: ❥Developing Chinese (发展汉语) ❥Our Chinese Classroom (我们的汉语教室) ❥New Target Chinese Language(新目标汉语) ❥New Practical Chinese Reader (新实用汉语) ❥Integrated Chinese(中文听说读写) ❥Experiencing Chinese(体验汉语) ❥Erya Chinese (尔雅中文) ❥Road to Success(成功之路) ❥Learn Chinese Characters from Ms. Zhang(跟张老师学汉字) ❥Other textbooks that suit you or you prefer to would be great too. Customized materials: Based on your level and your need, I will make my teaching material based around hot, interesting, funny topics, including: ❥Chinese songs, movies, TV programs, and other videos ❥Chinese stories ❥Chinese hot news materials ❥Daily life dialogues ❥Survival in China 2) Pronunciation Correction: Many students have a lot of problems with their pronunciation(Pinyin), especially the Chinese tone. However, after having spoken classes with me, their pronunciation has become more and more standard. The reason is that I have my own teaching methods and I am very good at correcting students' pronunciation. 3) Speaking Chinese for the Real World: I will teach you how to express yourself with a proper means of expression in real-life situations. 4) Relaxed and Harmonious Classroom Atmosphere: I’m a friendly teacher to my students, and my students always tell me that they can feel relaxed and comfortable in my classes. ★★★For Kids & Teenagers★★★ ✅Chinese Classes for Kids & Teenagers (from 8 to 17 years old)✅ 1. A rich variety of learning resources: ❥Recommended Chinese Textbooks: Chinese Made Easy for Kids Learn Chinese with Me Kuaile Hanyu Yeah! Chinese! Chinese Paradise My First Chinese Reader ❥Picture books: Just like English picture books, Chinese picture books have simple vocabulary along with fun and interesting pictures that can be entertaining for kids and teenagers. So Picture books are essential in my classes. ❥Cartoons & Movies & TV Programs: These videos help young learners learn Chinese language and obtain a good understanding of Chinese culture. I may select classic and recently released Chinese cartoons and videos for them. And through practice with me, they can improve practical language skills. ❥Chinese storybooks: Learn Chinese from stories! I provide rich e-books for my students, which is organized around the most common themes, such as hobbies, transportation, sports, travel, school life, and so on. ❥Chinese Songs: Both kids and teenagers love songs! Singing popular songs in Chinese can be a great and fantastic way to learn Chinese for young learners. So I will help my students increase their vocabulary, phrases, and basic sentence structures, help them acquire the standard accent naturally through Chinese songs. ❥Flashcards: Playing flashcards is a good way to memorize the Chinese words and phrases. This is an important and powerful tool for practice in my classes. 2. Game-based classes: A fun and interactive class format allow my students to learn Chinese in a pleasant and engaging atmosphere. 3. YCT Speaking or Writing Prep Lessons YCT is short for the Young Learners Chinese Test. YCT consists of a writing test and a speaking test, which are independent of each other. My YCT Test Prep Courses are designed to accommodate students' actual level and help them pass the exams. Chinese Classes for Kids & Teenagers