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This morning it dawned on me, after years of learning Chinese, hours spent of searching, trying different ways of learning these characters, it finally hit me, THERE IS NO SHORTCUT. You have to study, I mean really study, and you really have to give it your all.
The net is full of ways how to learn, but it turns-out unless your living in China and fully submerge in the language, you really have to put in 110% to learn it. All this "watching Chinese movies, listening to Chinese music" etc. those serves more as supplementary aid.
I find that,you have to give each character the attention and energy to really makes it your own. One thing about the characters, especially traditional characters, some have a story behind the pictograph. If you understand the story behind the character, that's less you have to memorize.
I love writing Chinese more than anything else. so don't just force it on your brain. There is no joy in forceful memorization, make each character personal, enjoy the learning and meaning each character provides and the brain will takes care of the rest on it's own. I mean think about it, did you had to try to memorize your first kiss?....
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