What should I do if I find learning Chinese characters boring?

 

从今年的一月二十八号开始,我教了一个很特别的法国学生。每次下课之后,我都会在微信上发给他一份练习,到了周六他总会准时把做好的练习发给我。

cóng jīn nián de yī yuè èr shí bā hào kāi shǐ,wǒ jiāo le yí gè hěn tè bié de fǎ guó xué sheng。měi cì xià kè zhī hòu,wǒ dōu huì zài wēi xìn shàng fā gěi tā yí fèn liàn xí,dào le zhōu liù tā zǒng huì zhǔn shí bǎ zuò hǎo de liàn xí fā gěi wǒ。 

I started teaching a very special French student since January 28th this year. Every time after class, I would send him an exercise on WeChat, and he always send me the exercises on time on Saturday.

 

但让我吃惊的是,他每次都把所有的题目抄写一遍,同时把答案写下来。

dàn ràng wǒ chī jīng de shì,tā měi cì dōu bǎ suó yǒu de tí mù chāo xiě yí biàn,tóng shí bǎ dá àn xiě xià lái。 

But to my surprise, he copied all the questions in Chinese characters and then wrote down the answers.

 

我原本以为是因为他不方便打印,但后来即便我打印出来把练习给他,他还是这样发给我。

wǒ yuán běn yǐ wéi shì yīn wèi tā bù fāng biàn dǎ yìn , dàn hòu lái jí biàn wǒ dǎ yìn chū lái bǎ liàn xí gěi tā , tā hái shì zhè yàng fā gěi wǒ 。 

At first, I thought it was because he couldn’t print it out, but then even if I printed it out and gave it to him, he sent it to me in the same way.

 

后来跟他聊起这件事情,他笑着告诉我说:“其实,我以前也非常不喜欢学习汉字,特别是写汉字,后来我就只是一遍一遍练习,现在我竟然爱上了写汉字。你知道吗?我还给自己买了一个白板,一有空就在白板上练习写汉字。”

hòu lái gēn tā liáo qǐ zhè jiàn shì qíng,tā xiào zhe gào su wǒ shuō:“qí shí,wǒ yǐ qián yě fēi cháng bù xǐ huan xué xí hàn zì,tè bié shì xiě hàn zì,hòu lái wǒ jiù zhǐ shì yí biàn yi biàn liàn xí,xiàn zài wǒ jìng rán ài shàng le xiě hàn zì。nǐ zhī dào ma?wǒ hái gěi zì jǐ mǎi le yí gè bái bǎn,yì yǒu kōng jiù zài bái bǎn shàng liàn xí xiě hàn zì。” 

Later, when I talked to him about this, he smiled and told me:  “Actually, I used to dislike learning Chinese characters very much, especially writing Chinese characters. Then I just practiced it over and over again.Now I actually fell in love with writing Chinese characters.You know what? I also bought myself a whiteboard and try to practice writing Chinese characters on it whenever I have time.

 

对此,我一直都不太理解。最近读书的时候看到约翰•凯奇的一句话,他说“我喜欢无聊的事物。如果两分钟后你仍然觉得这个东西很无聊,试试四分钟,如果依然无聊,就八分钟,十六分钟,三十二分钟,直到你发现它原来一点儿都不无聊。”

duì cǐ, wǒ yì zhí dōu bú tài lí jiě。zuì jìn dú shū de shí hou kàn dào yuē hàn • kǎi qí de yí jù huà,tā shuō “wǒ xǐ huan wú liáo de shì wù。rú guǒ liǎng fēn zhōng hòu nǐ réng rán jué de zhè ge dōng xi hěn wú liáo,shì shì sì fēn zhōng,rú guǒ yī rán wú liáo,jiù bā fēn zhōng,shí liù fēn zhōng,sān shí èr fēn zhōng,zhí dào nǐ fā xiàn tā yuán lái yì diánr dōu bù wú liáo。” 

I have never understood this. When I read a book recently, I saw one sentence from John Cage.He said, “I like boring things. If you still find this boring after two minutes, try it for four minutes. If it’s still boring, then try it for eight minutes, sixteen minutes, thirty-two minutes, until you realize it is not boring at all.”

 

我突然意识到,其实这个法国学生学习汉字所做的一切正如约翰凯奇所说的那样。虽然那时候学习汉字有些无聊,但他让自己投入更多时间,并保持专注和敏感,通过练习掌握了汉字相关知识以后,找到了学习的乐趣。

wǒ tū rán yì shí dào,qí shí zhè ge fǎ guó xué sheng xué xí hàn zì suǒ zuò de yì qiè zhèng rú yuē hàn kǎi qí suǒ shuō de nà yàng。suī rán nà shí hou xué xí hàn zì yǒu xiē wú liáo,dàn tā ràng zì jǐ tóu rù gèng duō shí jiān,bìng bǎo chí zhuān zhù hé mín gǎn,tōng guò liàn xí zhǎng wò le hàn zì xiāng guān zhī shí yǐ hòu,zhǎo dào le xué xí de lè qù。 

I suddenly realized that what the French student did in learning Chinese characters was exactly like what John cage said.Although it was a little boring to learn Chinese characters at that time, he makes himself put in more time and stay focused and sensitive. After mastering relevant knowledge of Chinese characters through practice, he found the the fun of learning.

 

今天,我就想来跟大家聊聊几个保持好奇心,不断发现学习汉字乐趣的建议:

jīn tiān,wǒ jiù xiǎng lái gēn dà jiā liáo liao jǐ gè bǎo chí hào qí xīn,bú duàn fā xiàn xué xí hàn zì lè qù de jiàn yì: 

Today, I would like to talk about a few tips to keep curiosity and discover the fun of learning Chinese characters.

1

克服自己的恐惧心理。

kè fú zì jǐ de kǒng jù xīn lǐ。 

Overcome your fear.

 

很多人告诉我他们听说汉字很难,所以决定不要学习汉字。其实,对一件事的恐惧是会杀死你的好奇心的,哪怕这件事本身并不难。

hěn duō rén gào su wǒ tā men tīng shuō hàn zì hěn nán,suó yǐ jué dìng bú yào xué xí hàn zì。qí shí,duì yí jiàn shì de kǒng jù shì huì shā sǐ nǐ de hào qí xīn de,nǎ pà zhè jiàn shì běn shēn bìng bù nán。 

Many people told me that they heard that Chinese characters were difficult, so they decided not to learn Chinese characters. In fact, the fear of one thing can kill your curiosity, even if the thing itself is not difficult.

2

虚心若愚。

xū xīn ruò yú。 

Stay foolish.

 

如果你过分自信,认为自己所有的都完全掌握了,你可能很难再发现其中更有趣的一面了。

rú guǒ nǐ guò fèn zì xìn,rèn wéi zì jǐ suó yǒu de dōu wán quán zhǎng wò le,nǐ kě néng hěn nán zài fā xiàn qí zhōng gèng yǒu qù de yí miàn le。 

If you’re overconfident and think you’ve mastered all, you may find it harder to find out more interesting aspects.

3

建造你的数据库。

jiàn zào nǐ de shù jù kù 。 

Build your database.

 

看到一个汉字,完全不知道如何记忆 ,这可能是因为你没有很多其他方面的知识。所以,我建议你先静下心来学习一些相关知识。在未来的学习中,你可能会突然想明白自己一直以来都想不明白的问题。

kàn dào yí gè hàn zì,wán quán bù zhī dào rú hé jì yì ,zhè kě néng shì yīn wèi nǐ méi yǒu hěn duō qí tā fāng miàn de zhī shí。suó yǐ,wǒ jiàn yì nǐ xiān jìng xià xīn lái xué xí yì xiē xiāng guān zhī shí。zài wèi lái de xué xí zhōng,nǐ kě néng huì tū rán xiǎng míng bai zì jǐ yì zhí yǐ lái dōu xiǎng bù míng bai de wèn tí。 

When you see a Chinese character, and you don’t know how to remember it. Maybe that’s because you don’t have a lot of other knowledge. Therefore, I suggest that you calm down and learn some relevant knowledge first. In future study, you may suddenly understand the problems that you have never understood.

4

多问自己几个为什么。

duō wèn zì jǐ jǐ gè wèi shén me 。 

Ask yourself why.

 

这样会激发你继续钻研,不断探索,并找到背后的乐趣。

zhè yàng huì jī fā nǐ jì xù zuān yán,bú duàn tàn suǒ,bìng zhǎo dào bèi hòu de lè qù。 

This will motivate you to keep studying, exploring, and find the fun behind it.

5

尝试自己探索。

cháng shì zì jǐ tàn suǒ 。 

Try to explore by yourself.

 

互联网让我们几乎可以在网上找到任何我们想要的答案,这也让我们产生了很大的惰性,而我们也因此失去了自我探索的快感。我认为学习汉字就是一个自我探索的过程,如果你在现有汉字的基础上找到了自己的方法,这会让你更深刻地理解一个汉字。

hù lián wǎng ràng wǒ men jī hū ké yǐ zài wǎng shàng zhǎo dào rèn hé wǒ men xiǎng yào de dá àn,zhè yě ràng wǒ men chǎn shēng le hěn dà de duò xìng,ér wǒ men yě yīn cǐ shī qù le zì wǒ tàn suǒ de kuài gǎn。wǒ rèn wéi xué xí hàn zì jiù shì yí gè zì wǒ tàn suǒ de guò chéng,rú guǒ nǐ zài xiàn yǒu hàn zì de jī chǔ shàng zhǎo dào le zì jǐ de fāng fǎ,zhè huì ràng nǐ gèng shēn kè de lí jiě yí gè hàn zì。 

The Internet allows us to find almost any answer we want, which also makes us very lazy. We also lose the thrill of self-exploration. I think that learning Chinese characters is a process of self-exploration. If you find your own methods based on these characters which you have mastered, you will have a deeply understanding of a Chinese character. 

6

跨学科联想。

kuà xué kē lián xiǎng 。 

Interdisciplinary association.

 

如果你可以把自己跨学科的能力运用到学习汉字的过程当中,你一定会发现更多乐趣。

rú guǒ nǐ ké yǐ bǎ zì jǐ kuà xué kē de néng lì yùn yòng dào xué xí hàn zì de guò chéng dāng zhōng,nǐ yí dìng huì fā xiàn gèng duō lè qù。 

If you can apply your interdisciplinary skills to learning Chinese characters, you will find more fun.

7

需要持续的努力。

xū yào chí xù de nǔ lì 。 

Sustained effort is required.

 

保持好奇心并持续努力是一件不容易的事情。如果你对一件事情完全无知,你是丝毫提不起任何好奇心的。就如同不懂足球的人完全不能理解球迷的乐趣所在。所以,在感觉无聊的时候继续坚持学习,让知识为你带来更多你不曾感受过的乐趣。

bǎo chí hào qí xīn bìng chí xù nǔ lì shì yí jiàn bù róng yì de shì qíng。rú guǒ nǐ duì yí jiàn shì qíng wán quán wú zhī,nǐ shì sī háo tí bù qǐ rèn hé hào qí xīn de。jiù rú tóng bù dǒng zú qiú de rén wán quán bù néng lí jiě qiú mí de lè qù suǒ zài。suó yǐ,zài gǎn jué wú liáo de shí hou jì xù jiān chí xué xí, ràng zhī shi wèi nǐ dài lái gèng duō nǐ bù céng gǎn shòu guò de lè qù。 

It’s not easy to be curious all the time and keep working hard. If you are completely ignorant of one thing, you have no curiosity whatsoever.Just as people who don’t know football can’t understand the fun of the fans. So keep learning while you’re bored, and let the knowledge bring you more fun that you’ve never experienced before.

这就是今天我要跟你分享的内容,希望对你有帮助。

zhè jiù shì jīn tiān wǒ yào gēn nǐ fēn xiǎng de nèi róng,xī wàng duì nǐ yǒu bāng zhù。 

That’s what I want to share with you today, hope it helps.

在学习汉字的过程中,你遇到的最大的困难是什么?你是通过什么办法学习的?欢迎你在留言区跟我们分享你的学习经验。让我们一起帮助更多的人学好汉字。

xué xí hàn zì de guò chéng zhōng,nǐ yù dào de zuì dà de kùn nan shì shén me?nǐ shì tōng guò shén me bàn fǎ xué xí de?huān yíng nǐ zài liú yán qū gēn wǒ men fēn xiǎng nǐ de xué xí jīng yàn。ràng wǒ men yì qǐ bāng zhù gèng duō de rén xué hǎo hàn zì。 

What is the biggest difficulty you have in learning Chinese characters? How do you learn Chinese characters? Welcome to share your learning experience with us in the comments section.Let’s help more people learn Chinese characters.

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