Available exclusively through Pleco
" I think it’ll be a really great addition to Pleco. It’s going to help people get into where characters come from, what they mean, how they work — really at a much more linguistically rigorous level than it’s ever been done before. "
MICHAEL LOVE, founder of Pleco
The first principle of effective memorization is understanding. You must understand what you’re trying to learn. So one of the best ways to increase the efficiency of your character learning is to increase your understanding of how Chinese characters work as a system, rather than as a bunch of disconnected single characters to be individually mastered.
To do that, you need to know what functional components are and how they work.
There are four types of functional components: form components, meaning components, sound components, and empty components.
The authors behind this site know what they’re doing, which is surprisingly rare!
OLLE LINGE, author of Hacking Chinese
A very useful digital dictionary and digital tool which I think represents the next stage in the study of Chinese characters, and maybe even the next stage in the digitizing of Sinology itself.
DAVID MOSER, Academic Director at the CET Chinese Studies Program in Beijing, author of "Why Chinese Is So Damn Hard"
The Mini Edition gives you just enough information to get going with the Outlier method: component breakdowns for 2000 characters (i.e., what each character’s functional components are and how they function), the pronunciation, the original meaning and basic modern meaning, plus more detailed meaning and form information for semantic components (meaning and form components).
The 2000 most common characters (simplified and traditional)AND
The Essentials Edition presents the information you need to know to master a character:
an explanation of the structure of the character (i.e., what its functional components are and how they function), the pronunciation, the original meaning and basic modern meaning as well as a chart explaining the relationship between the two.
Note: if you pre-order the Essentials Edition, you’ll receive access to the Mini Edition, as well as monthly updates until the Essentials Edition is finished!
The 3500 most common characters (simplified and traditional)AND
The Expert Edition contains a lot more information about the character’s origin and evolution over time, as well as interesting linguistic tidbits and historical facts. If you’re a language nerd, a scholar of Chinese literature, or someone who finds ancient writing systems fascinating, this is what you’re looking for. Even trained paleographers will find it to be a useful reference, because we cite all of our research within the dictionary itself.
Note: if you pre-order the Expert Edition, you’ll receive access to the Mini Edition, as well as monthly updates until the Expert Edition is finished!
You will get all benefits of the Essentials Edition. On top of that, the Expert Edition:
The 4000 most common characters (simplified and traditional)AND
Everything in the Essentials EditionAND
This project is no joke. They’re out to build something I’ve wished has existed for quite a while, and they’ve got the skills and dedication to make it happen.
JOHN PASDEN of Sinosplice & AllSet Learning