Chinese in Flow HSK 1
This is a resource for practicing Chinese characters. Specifically the characters for the HSK 1 test.
It is a simple click and match game that I hope can be useful for reviewing characters.
You can adjust things in anyway you like by clicking on the settings button. You can be presented with the 汉字, pinyin, English or audio and the match that to the characters, pinyin, English or any combination.
The idea is that you can study characters in a way that is mildly interesting and can hold your attention while also being rapid and repetitive. It’s also a little bit adaptive in that it repeats characters that you don’t know while shelving characters you know first time.
The 150 characters are split into sets of 30 and you choose which set you want to study at the second screen.
If you know most of the characters already and can match them easily then you eventually enter ‘sudden death’ mode where you quickly match the 30 character but then a single mistake ends the game.
The focus is completely on recognition rather than production. As I talk about in the “about” section the key idea is to re-enforce the instant of initial recognition. For example, concentrating on the same character for 30 seconds would be useful but in doing so you don’t practice the initial recognition of the character as you’re constantly thinking about it. Instead, if you have a few different characters and repeatedly have to recognize them in quick succession then the recognition is strengthened a lot more.
When learning English learners typically have to meet a word 6-9 times (ideally in different contexts and separated by different time spans) in order to comfortably know the word. With this in mind I set this to repeat characters that you don’t initially know again and again until you can correctly identify them 6 times.
I hope you can enjoy or find this stimulating and that you can improve your Chinese.
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