Hebrew Letters and Chinese Characters

Here we are going to try and provide the quickest and most practical methods possible to arrive at an understanding of Hebrew and Chinese through the letters and characters. To do this, we will try to use many tricks, shortcuts, and memorization aids. Many of these methods are already found in Hebrew and Chinese, so we don't have to create them - we will just use ways that people have been using for thousands of years to learn Hebrew and Chinese rapidly. These methods include things like becoming immersed in both modern spoken Hebrew and Chinese, as well as in traditional Hebrew and Chinese religious services, in order to absorb new Hebrew and Chinese words, phrases, and concepts as quickly as possible. We will also try to use other tricks to visualize and associate letters, characters, and words together to remember them quicker. Eventually we will arrive at our main goal - the reading of the traditional Hebrew and Chinese texts.

The beginner just starting to learn the letters and radicals, has to overcome the initial barrier of being able to recognize them on sight. The shapes of the letters and radicals, and their pronunciations, have to be thoroughly memorized, by repeating them, visualizing them, memorizing their order, and so on - just as a child in kindergarten would learn their ABCs.

The Practice Materials are documents containing just the Hebrew and Chinese materials and practice readings for each section. They are designed to be printed for easy study and memorization. They should be used like flash cards (by folding them or covering part of them), until the Hebrew letters and Chinese characters are memorized and can be read and understood with no help.

BeginningPractice Materials (Word)Practice Materials (PDF)
Books, Recordings, Links, Sources, Credits All Beginning Materials (1-8)
PronunciationHebrew Alephbet Chinese RadicalsHebrew Alephbet Chinese Radicals
Hebrew Syllables Chinese Syllables
Meanings of Hebrew Letters and Chinese RadicalsAlephbet Meanings Radical Meanings
The 214 Radicals
Alephbet Meanings Radical Meanings
The 214 Radicals
Hebrew Roots and Chinese Characters Hebrew Roots Chinese CharactersHebrew Roots Chinese Characters
Calendars and Basic ElementsHebrew Elements Chinese ElementsHebrew Elements Chinese Elements
The Jewish and Chinese Lunar CalendarsCalendarsCalendars
Modern Hebrew and Chinese Modern Chinese & Hebrew Sample and Essay
Traditional Hebrew and ChineseThe Shma and the San Zi JingThe Shma and the San Zi Jing
Intermediate  
Amidah and San Zi Jing (I) San Zi Jing (simple) San Zi Jing (traditional)
The Shma and Amidah
Amidah and San Zi Jing (II) Learning Aid for the texts:
Vocabulary
Amidah and San Zi Jing (III)  
Amidah and San Zi Jing (IV)  
Kavanot in Hebrew Prayer, and the Bai Jia XingLekha Dodi, Ashrei, and AleinuKavanot Bai Jia Xing
Lekha Dodi, Ashrei, and Aleinu
Yedid Nefesh and the Qian Zi Wen (I & II) Qian Zi Wen (traditional)
QianZiWen vocabulary
QianZiWen additional vocabulary
Yah Ekhsof, Bar Yokhai, Yedid Nefesh, and El Mistater
Yedid Nefesh and El Mistater vocabulary
Qian Zi Wen (simple) Qian Zi Wen (traditional)
QianZiWen vocabulary
QianZiWen additional vocabulary
El Mistater and Qian Zi Wen (III) Qian Zi Wen caligraphy styles
Bar-Yokhai and Qian Zi Wen (IV)Bar Yokhai vocabulary San Bai Qian (all 3 Chinese texts)
Bar Yokhai vocabulary
Advanced  
Kaddish and Dao De Jing Kaddish (parallel Hebrew and vocabulary)
Dao De Jing (first ten sections)
Background of the Texts in Bavel  
Azamer bi-Shvakhin and Pu Qi Tsan WenAzamer bi-Shvakhin
Azamer bi-Shvakhin (Hebrew and vocabulary)
Pu Qi Tsan Wen (with Aramaic vocabulary)
All Aramaic sections in the Siddur
Aramaic with parallel Hebrew
Chinese Texts
Azamer bi-Shvakhin
Azamer bi-Shvakhin (Hebrew and vocabulary)
Pu Qi Tsan Wen (with Aramaic vocabulary)
All Aramaic sections in the Siddur
Aramaic with parallel Hebrew
Chinese Texts
Chinese Texts 1 (with phonetics)
Chinese texts 1 (another format)
Chinese texts 2 (another format)
Chinese texts 2 (another format)
Siddur Avodat ha-Shem
Ming Zun and Asader li-Seudta Ming Zun
Asader li-Seudta
Ming Zun
Asader li-Seudta
Bnei Hekhla and Maninaya Bnei Hekhla
Maninaya
Bnei Hekhla
Maninaya
Raza and Jing-tu    
Idra Zuta and Tan Ming Jie Wen Idra Zuta
Idra Rabba, Zuta, and Sifra de-Tsniuta
Tan Ming Jie Wen
Idra Zuta
Idra Rabba, Zuta, and Sifra de-Tsniuta
Tan Ming Jie Wen
Related  
The German Problem  
The Persian Problem  

Notes on viewing Hebrew and Chinese characters on your computer:
The Practice Materials are documents that can be viewed with an MS Word viewer or a PDF viewer. All computer operating systems today have Hebrew and Chinese fonts built in, but sometimes they are not installed by default. They can be added by going into the Control Panel, under Regional Settings. Additional options can be added there, such as the ability to type in Hebrew and Chinese. Editing programs (such as Microsoft Word or Open Office) also have built-in methods for editing Hebrew (right-left) and Chinese texts. Some of these methods can be enabled under the various menu options.