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Japanese learners of Standard Chinese have both advantages and disadvantages compared to native speakers of other languages. (I will simply write "Chinese" from here on.) According to Hu Xinghua, Many kanji still have have the same shape as the original hanzi. Out of the 2,500 hanzi in Table of Frequently Used Contemporary Chinese Characters, 1,683 ...


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The choice between the writing systems will depend on the group of people you want to communicate with in Tatar. Both Kazan Tatar and Crimean Tatar can be written in Cyrillic, while İske imlâ is relevant when you want to communicate with Chinese Tatars or when you want to read texts by Volga Tatars or Crimea Tatars from before 1928. In the former USSR, the ...


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Clearly, learning a new language with a similar writing system to your own will be easier in many important ways. Even if the pronunciation and spelling rules are completely different, simply not having to learn a new writing system is one less skill that has to be learned in your new language. So clearly the writing system will contribute to the time it ...


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Learning the stroke order probably does not help with learning the spoken language. However, with regard to the written language, the arguments that come closest to cognitive benefits are related to memorisation (including motor memory) and the ability to recognise characters. See the papers I found below. A paper by Law et al from 1998 points out that ...


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The 1999 article "Using Radicals in Teaching Chinese Characters to Second Language Learners" by Marcus Tuft and Kevin Chung reported on a study where students who new nothing about the Chinese writing system ("naive learners") were taught 24 Chinese characters (each composed of 2 radicals from a set of 16 radicals) under the following conditions: Radicals ...


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What I can recommend is Glosario de voces ibéricas y latinas usadas entre los mozárabes by Don Francisco Javier Simonet. Although it focuses on Mozarabic rather than [Old] Spanish, it has a lot of information about the use of Arabic letters in Romance languages in Iberia. You might find the section titled Advertencias preliminares (page ccxv) particularly ...


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I think you need to learn at least a basic vocabulary along with the target language (basic) written characters first. Then move to free conversation (meaning conversation that is not guided by an accompanying text). I don't know if there is a physical keyboard for Mongolian, but I did see virtual keyboards that can be used. In my case (regarding ...


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Short answer: no. Long answer: no, but it increases overall fluency and will help your legibility. Chinese (as well as other character-based language systems) can have characters that seem to differ only in the direction of the stroke (like 千 [qiān] vs 干 [gàn]). However, the stroke order is still the same. When I lived in Taiwan, I would ask natives what ...


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(Since this question is just as relevant to Chinese as to Japanese, I will cite a few sources about learning Chinese.) Learning Japanese kanji or Chinese hanzi takes a lot of time. As far as I know, most books and schools start teaching characters from the beginning. However, there are also people who recommend against this. In his video on learning ...


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Memrise has several courses that focus solely on the Russian alphabet and provides mnemonics plus the ability to add your own. Some are better than others so I suggest trying a few briefly before you settle on one that you like. The "Speed Review" feature is also particularly suited to learning alphabets. You can learn the whole alphabet very fast just by ...


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There are several resources, especially in book format: Sylvanus Griswold Morley: An Introduction to the Study of the Maya Hieroglyphs. Smithsonian Institution, Bureau of American Ethnology, Bulletin 57. 1915. This book is now in the public domain; see Wikisource and Archive.org. Mark Pitts: "Writing in Maya Glyphs": available on the FAMSI website. Michael ...


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Learn to Read Russian in 15 Minutes by Peter Starr Northrop and Ryan Estrada uses a number of mnemonics. For example, Д is a dancer, Р is an R with a leg ripped off, П is a podium that makes a p sound, etcetera. The page is available under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike licence (CC BY-NC-SA).


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I'm answering your question based on the Arabic alphabet! You should try to learn the letters based on their position in a word! Learning a couple of words might help for the start, but isn't a good solution. As usually when we learn this alphabet we learn all the styles of writing any of the letters according all possible cases: For example: For the ...


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One handy resource is Kana Pict-o-graphix by Michael Rowley (Stone Bridge Press, 1995). This is a pocket-sized book (roughly 7 by 13 cm) containing just 70 pages. It contains a short introduction, followed by 55 pages with mnemonics. The top half of each page presents a mnemonic for a hiragana character; the bottom half presents a mnemonic for a katakana ...


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Mathematical notation is a home to a great number of mnemonics, though they are mostly useful if one is fluent in mathematics, physics, statistics, or a related field. For example: Capital sigma, short for sum, is used in sum notation. Capital pi is used in the much rarer product notation. Capital delta is used for change in elementary mechanics and ...


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The stroke order is not important. You can draw the "ka" as you wish. But most people follow the way that you described in the first bullet as it's more natural that way. Usually people draw the horizontal line at the end as is correctly explained in your question. But all these are just for the sake of convenience. As the stroke order is not important to ...


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Yes it is. However it is hard for Japanese to learn Chinese pronunciation because Japanese and Chinese read same kanji differently, for example Japanese read 中 as "chuu" but Chinese "zhong."


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I can only say something about Chinese. According to my experience, when you are a beginner, the learning of the spoken language is quite independent of the learning of the written language. That is, one needs to spend a certain amount of time to learn the spoken language. Of course, ability to read Pinyin can help with the spoken language, as it lets you ...


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After several attempts to find the type of online service you are looking for, I concluded that such a resources was unlikely to exist. (However, see the end of my response.) There are several reasons for this: The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is used to render speech sounds, and any transcriptions or transliterations between standard spelling to ...


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This is a really interesting question. As a Chinese instructor, I often encounter students who have great difficulty learning Chinese characters. It is impossible to say whether any (or many) of these students have varying degrees of aphantasia, but I know certain students' problem relates to mentally mapping Chinese characters because visual aids, which ...


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Your perspective intrigued me, so I'll share with you what I know of the Chinese language. Among Chinese, when a speaker of a (regional) dialect speaks with a thick accent and others can't understand him/her, they often resort to writing the words out. So being able to speak the language doesn't necessarily make one intelligible to other native speakers who, ...


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The five-minute video 學寫西藏字母 How To Write Tibetan Alphabet by Lhaike Digital Culture Inc. (LDCI) shows how the Tibetan basic alphabet is written. For each syllable, it gives the pronunciation (in speech and in transcriptions in the Latin alphabet, Zhuyin Fuhao and pinyin), if applicable, the meaning (in English and in Standard Chinese using traditional ...


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You might be using a method that doesn't focus much on reading. Also, you might be losing your skill of reading fluency due to lack of practice throughout the years. I developed superior reading-aloud skills in my native language (English) very early in childhood; however, now, at age 27, I am no longer able to read aloud in English with anywhere close to ...


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Unlike the Chinese and Japanese writing systems, the Cyrillic alphabet isn't very long or complicated, so it should only take a few hours of diligent learning to get a grip of it. I would dedicate a few hours to memorizing the letters and proceed with learning the language from there. It's not very different from learning English, French or Swedish, which, ...


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This is a YouTube video titled Learn to Read Korean in 5 Minutes (seriously); it covers the vast majority of the symbols that compose Hangul in a short and easy to understand format.


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Ryan Estrada's Learn to Read Korean in 15 Minutes uses mnemonics. For example, for the consonants: ㅂ looks like a bucket and is pronounced 'b' (the first consonant in 'bucket); ㅁ looks like a map and is pronounced 'm'; ㄹ looks like a rattle snake and is pronounced 'r'. For the vowels, he start with ㅣ, which looks like a tree; ㅡ, which looks like a brook. ...


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You should consider the fact that the Greek and Latin alphabets have many common characters. Also you could see Greek words and their pronunciation(this helped me memorize the cyrillic alphabet a lot.)


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Disclaimer, I am not an expert in Arabic literature, but being from Lebanon, Arabic is my mother tongue. So this is only from experience. Yes, knowing how to read the Arabic alphabet can help you more in pronunciation. Using Arabish is still possible but you won't be able to get the pronunciation 100% correctly all the time. There are 2 main problems with ...


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Yes, learning Telugu script is a little bit of effort, but they are really similar. I would think you can learn it in less than a day. Here is the basic Kannada script, which is sounds like you already know: And here is the basic Telugu script, which you want to learn: They are both Dravidian languages, and the similarities are everywhere in these ...


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Claims about how many characters you can learn in a day, a week or a year vary widely. In The Chinese Language: Its History and Current Usage (2006), professor Daniel Kane wrote (page 55, my emphasis), The maximum rate for the absorption of characters, especially at the beginning, is about 30 a week. Professor Kane makes no reference to Heisig's method; ...


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