by Outlier Linguistics
Understand the logic behind kanji and learn them more effectively!
Kanji are composed of functional components—components which express sound and meaning
Our dictionary explains why each kanji looks the way it does, what its components are, and how they function
This will help you recall kanji you've learned and to learn new kanji more efficiently in the future
The Essentials Edition of our Dictionary includes:
"Although the editors' explanations of the origins and meanings of the Sinographs (kanji) in their dictionary are written in simple, straightforward language, they are based on a wealth of learning, and that includes a correct understanding of the nature and construction of the characters and their components — a rare commodity." —Prof. Victor Mair, University of Pennsylvania
"I bought this. It has helped me recognise and even pronounce characters I have never seen before thanks to my recognition of patterns from the explanations."
Soroush Torkian (Canada)
"After a lot (really a lot) of failed tests with different books, apps and methods, the only way that the hanzi sticks in my mind is your brief, concise and REAL explanation!"
Alessandro Agostinetti (Italy)
"This project is exactly what i was wishing for since i started learning years ago."
Wieland Schultz (Germany)
(praise for the Chinese version)
"Every so often a really good resource comes along. It's The Outlier Dictionary of Chinese Characters."
-Prof. Victor Mair
University of Pennsylvania
"I feel like I have a virtual 1-on-1 Chinese teacher, giving me a better sense of how the writing system functions."
-Dr. David Moser
Yenching Academy, Peking University
"They have put a lot of thought into how foreigners learn Chinese, and they’ve come up with a better way to learn characters."
AllSet Learning & Mandarin Companion