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The Chinese Character Composition applet helps you improve your awareness of the structural composition of the most commonly used two-part Chinese characters. You will be prompted with the pinyin and/or English definition of a character, and asked to compose the matching character by selecting the correct radical and phonetic parts.
The Clavis Sinica software can help you understand the structure of the characters you are learning. You can see how characters are broken down into their component parts, and see lists of other characters using the same parts. This way, you can make useful connections between new characters you're learning and other characters you've already learned.
This applet is adapted from the advanced Flashcards tool included with the Clavis Sinica program, which also permits you to create your own custom flashcard lists, select between Chinese-English and English-Chinese test modes, and hear the pronunciation of missed words.
If the applet does not appear in the space above, your browser probably does not have the proper version of Java Plug-in installed. If you have not yet downloaded the plug-in, you can download it for free by clicking here.
For best results, please note the following suggestions for using the flashcards:
The best way to improve your score and your Chinese reading skills is to practice reading Chinese texts on a regular basis, make lists of unfamiliar words and characters, and drill yourself constantly on the new vocabulary you want to learn. While there is no way to avoid a certain amount of rote memorization in this process, the Clavis Sinica software can make it much more efficient and enjoyable. Here are some of the ways Clavis Sinica can help you learn characters more effectively:
You can find complete lists of the top 300 and next 800 most frequently used characters on the Chinese Text Sampler website. You can print out these lists from your web browser or download the file in order to study the meaning, structure, and usage of the characters using Clavis Sinica. The Sampler website also contains dozens of other Chinese texts you can use for reading practice, whatever your skill level. All of them can be viewed directly on your web browser or downloaded for closer study with Clavis Sinica.