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Learning Chinese with GoEast and Outlier

Learning Chinese with GoEast and Outlier

Disclaimer: this post is not sponsored by Outlier; I am a paying Outlier customer. In fact, in a sense I am sponsoring them: I believe in this proj...

Explaining the Directions 東西南北, part 1: 東西

Explaining the Directions 東西南北, part 1: 東西

Long time no see! As you’ve probably noticed, we haven’t posted anything in a while (several months, actually). Well, that’s because there are ...

Printed posters now available!

Printed posters now available!

We're excited to announce that printed versions of our popular Semantic Component Posters are now available for purchase on our website! ...

What Steps Do I Take to Remember a Chinese Character? Step 3

What Steps Do I Take to Remember a Chinese Character? Step 3

7 minute read In this lesson, I'm going to cover two topics: 1) Character components aren't always what they seem to be (I hinted at this at the e...

What Steps Do I Take to Remember a Chinese Character? Step 2

What Steps Do I Take to Remember a Chinese Character? Step 2

~7 minute read In the previous lesson in this series, we started answering the question How do I go about the actual process of memorizing characte...

What Steps Do I Take to Remember a Chinese Character? Step 1

What Steps Do I Take to Remember a Chinese Character? Step 1

Read time: 6 minutes This 6 minute read will save you hours of forgetting!  What the heck is this thing and what does it have to do with lear...

New Dictionary Update: v1.5 Released!

I just wanted to drop a quick line and let you know that we've released version 1.5 of our dictionary!This update adds another 700+ Essentials ent...

Liùshū and Categorical Thinking

Liùshū and Categorical Thinking

By John Renfroe A common piece of advice to learners of Chinese is that you need to know which of the traditional six categories [六書, Liùshū; the ...

The Benefits of Learning Chinese Characters the Outlier Way

The Benefits of Learning Chinese Characters the Outlier Way

Claim Learning Chinese characters the Outlier way, i.e., by way of understanding their functional components and how those functional components re...

What is Etymology and Is it Useful for Learning Chinese Characters? (Part 2)

What is Etymology and Is it Useful for Learning Chinese Characters? (Part 2)

What is Etymology and Is it Useful for Learning Chinese Characters? (Part 2) By Ash Henson In the previous post, I went over the first three aspect...

What is Etymology, and Is it Useful for Learning Chinese Characters? Part 1

What is Etymology, and Is it Useful for Learning Chinese Characters? Part 1

What is Etymology and Is it Useful for Learning Chinese Characters? (Part 1) By Ash Henson So, what is Chinese character etymology? It’s usually de...

Understanding Corruption in Chinese Characters (Part 2)

Understanding Corruption in Chinese Characters (Part 2)

Note: Before we get started here, I'd like to mention our motivation for making posts like these. It is not to show how we are going to explain cha...