Mnemonics are one of the best ways to learn and remember Chinese characters. Mnemonic comics take the concept to the next level!
The challenge: The character "勺" is proncounced "shao2" and is translated as "spoon" or "ladle". It's made up of the characters "勹" and "丶". That's a lot of information to remember!
The solution: All of this information is encoded in a ridiculous, cringy comic. If you can remember a comic panel, you can remember Chinese characters!
Mnemonic story: Zorro (z) and Rosa Luxemburg (亻) exist (在) in the airplane's bathroom (ai4). Rosa is in the middle of balancing a flute (一) on her head and on a pile of clay (土). Zorro uses his rapier to inscribe "Z" into the flute, so as to mark that the pronunciation of "在" begins with "z".
New information is best learned in context. Reviewing Chinese characters in isolation does not provide any context on how to use a character. Instead, watch movies with sentences showing you how to actually use a Chinese character!
MandarinBanana tracks your learning progress for each Chinese character. If it's time to review, MandarinBanana prefers to show you a sentence containing the character instead of just the character in isolation.
Spaced repetition is one of the key elements of remembering Chinese characters. There are some basic principles you'd want to follow when reviewing Chinese characters:
If you forget a Chinese character, you'd probably want to follow these principles:
MandarinBanana takes care of all of this for you.
Don't like Sherlock Holmes? Create your own mnemonics with your favorite heroes. Upload SVG comics with your heroes to reuse them in your own comics.
Remix content from other comics to create your own comics!
Learn Chinese using your favorite movies. Just upload a video file and a matching subtitle file and MandarinBanana does the rest for you, most importantly: splitting the movie up into individual sentences and finding all vocabulary items for each sentence.
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