VisiHanzi: Our cultural-tourism approach for learning simplified Chinese characters


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Calligraphy brush with dragon design used by the Wanli Emperor (1563-1620) (Wikimedia CCA 2.5)

VisiHanzi: Our cultural-tourism approach for learning traditional Chinese characters

Learn some traditional Chinese characters with our cultural-tourism approach that highlights the treasures of the National Palace Museum in Taipei and top tourist attractions around Taiwan.

This culturally-integrated visual approach complete with color coding for the different tones helps you learn traditional Chinese characters for new words.

  • appearance (clothing and personal accessories);
  • culture (art, architecture, cinema, music, literature, religion, theater); leisure activities; and hobbies;
  • economy and labor force; occupations, the office environment; and job searches;
  • education and programs of study (schools, colleges, universities);
  • feelings and emotions
  • food and drink; eating out;
  • geography (landscapes, countries);
  • healthcare (medicine, dentistry, illness, exercise) and emergency services;
  • home (rooms, furniture, appliances, grounds);
  • leisure activities;
  • names: given (first) names of famous Taiwanese;
  • numbers, dates, telling time;
  • people (the body, family, relationships, and life events);
  • shopping; men’s clothes; women’s clothes; baby clothes
  • sports; summer sports; winter sports;
  • tourism and hospitality; tourist attractions;
  • transportation: air transport; land transport; water transport;
  • weather, seasons, natural disasters;
  • wildlife, birds, farm animals, marine life, pets.


The tones in Mandarin

There are 4 tones in Mandarin plus one neutral tone.

In our VisiHanzi approach, we will color code the hanzi you learn.  This will facilitate your learning of the traditional Chinese characters.