If you've used Reddit's r/ChineseLanguage or r/languagelearning, you may have encountered people propose studying Chinese characters one by one in order frequency based on lists such as Jun Da's.
This strikes me as a poor method, for two main reasons: (1) Because what it means to "learn" a character changes over time: a HSK1 student cannot learn characters to the depth required of a HSK6 student. So they'll have to go back and do it all again anyway. (2) Because knowing a Chinese character requires knowing the words containing it.
But let's see...
Question: What are the (dis)advantages of learning thousands of Chinese characters one by one via a frequency list?
I'm hoping to get "experience reports" from people who have actually tried this, or the opinions of Chinese educators (or papers on the topic).
Just to make sure we're on the same page here:
- I'm asking about Chinese characters, not words (I'm just using the closest existing tag).
- I'm not talking about "Remember the Hanzi", whose order is not frequency-based, but more related to character structure.