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Heisig-like writing mnemonic based on Wubi roots

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I've come up with a mnemonic system for remembering how to write characters, and I'd appreciate any ideas for improving it.

 

Each Wubi character root will have a person-action-object (PAO) mnemonic. For example:

 

The root 木 (S key) is Arnold Schwarzenegger (person) smoking (action) marijuana (object).

arnold schwarzenegger smoking GIF

 

The root 灬 (O key) is Olmec (person) giving a long and complicated explanation (action) of the Hidden Temple (object). 

Animated GIF

 

Each character will have a memorable story that is derived from (1) the character root PAO mnemonics and (2) the meaning of the character itself or a common word it appears in. The writing order of the character roots will determine if the person, action, or object of each character root appears in the story: the person from the first root, the action from the second root, the object from the third root, the person from the fourth root, and so on for every root in the character.

 

For example, the character 杰 is comprised of 木 and then 灬. The most common word that 杰 appears in is 杰作. A story for remembering how to write 杰 is Schwarzenegger (木) giving a long and complicated explanation (灬) to an art class on how to create your next artistic masterpiece (杰作), but nobody learns anything because they are too distracted by the muscles rippling under his shirt as he draws.

 

I plan to make ~3500 Anki cards for the most common characters where I must write out the full character by hand. Then I will start making cards for words where the answer is typing out the full Wubi code. For example, the word 杰作 would require typing SOU WTHF.

 

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