HanziSays汉字说 is a Chinese education brand, providing a series of tools to help you improve your Chinese reading and writing efficiency.
It is based on Chinese etymology, explaining the connection between Chinese character shapes and its meaning in a very friendly and collaborative way, so you don’t need to learn characters by heart or pure repetition.
A Spanish guy came to China and fell in love with a Chinese girl. He started to learn Chinese, for career purposes and for love. But Chinese was difficult for him, he needed her help.
He loved the way she explained the Chinese characters to him, by converting meaningless strokes into meaningful stories. He could learn a character in a glance and never forget it. She always told him: each character is a picture; you can read its meaning from its shape.
One day, he told her, you should write down the character stories, lots of them, other foreigners will love it. So, they two started this project: HanziSays汉字说
Students who are learning Chinese and Teachers who are teaching Chinese as a foreign language will love HanziSays汉字说.
For Students: Learning to write and read Characters is one of the most important parts of learning Chinese. But traditional methods force students to learn them by repetition. To most non-Chinese speakers whose mother language uses the alphabetic system, jumping to hieroglyphic system is like jumping to another planet, it’s just too hard to learn. HanziSays汉字说 will be the best support tool for you to speed up your learning process of Chinese characters and words.
For Teachers: Every Chinese teacher will know about roots of characters, however sometimes building up a story based on them is not that obvious. HanziSays汉字说 will do that for you, so you just need to use it as a support material for your teaching.
"My teacher explained to me 好 as a woman女 and a kid子 together, meaning something good. It’s really impressive. But she only used this way to explain me words a few times. In most of the cases I need to learn them by practicing writing strokes. If she could explain many characters to me like this it would be great."
-- by a foreigner who are learning Chinese
HanziSays汉字说 is based on real etymology, explaining character root structures in a few sentences so you can understand the character or word’s meaning and remember character shape easily, just like remember a little story.
Compared with other association methods without real evidence, explanation based on real etymology is more logical, each root in different character means the same, so it will be easier to learn and apply multiple times. You will also understand Chinese culture better by learning Characters this way.
As we all know, Chinese character was simplified in 1930-1960. In mainland of China, Traditional Chinese was replaced by Simplified Chinese. Simplified Chinese with less strokes is easier to write, but for some characters the connection between character shapes and meaning was broken.
As Simplified Chinese is the current language in Mainland of China, the 1st version of HanziSays汉字说 will explain characters based on simplified Chinese.
To those characters whose meaning and shape cannot be explained based on real etymology, we will still try to create compelling stories and explanations for you based on the available components in current characters.
We will release one character each day on Facebook and Wechat. If you have a Facebook account, please follow “HanziSays”. If you are using Wechat, please search and follow “HanziSays”. We will welcome comments about the explanation offered by HanziSays汉字说 and show alternative stories that you create combining or reusing our explanations.
This is a beta version that will help us know how you like our approach, therefore we will keep posting character stories for a few months and know if you like it.
We are planning to develop an APP for HanziSays汉字说 in the format that most suits our users’ requirements. If you have any idea, please send us an email at liaohuixia#gmail.com