VisiHanzi: a cultural-tourism approach for learning new words




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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 (countries, landscapes);
  • 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.


The tones in Mandarin