Monday, May 15, 2017

‘Open the Door to Chinese Book 1’ Second Edition Published

The second edition of Polina Shinkina’s ‘Open the Door to Chinese Book 1’ self-publushed today on

The structure of the textbook remained untouched, some changes have been made in the part of the Chinese numerals.

Now the textbook contains samples and answers to the exercises on the Chinese numerals.

All the improvements make ‘Open the Door to Chinese Book 1’ more easy and interesting for self-learning and self-controlling of the learning process.

May 16, 2007

Mandarin Chinese Textbook for Beginners
Open the Door to Chinese Book 1 by Polina Shinkina

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

A Feedback from the Chinese Language Teachers

In responce to my articles about the Chinese character decomposition I am receiving a feedback from the Chinese language teachers.

The requests can be structurized as the following:

1. There is “something in the Chinese character decomposition”.
2. No time and resources to decompose the Chinese characters.
3. No textbooks with the decomposed Chinese characters.

My answers to the esteemed colleagues are:

1. The Chinese Character decomposition is the new word in the Chinese language teaching. No doubt in it.

2. Decomposition is a highly time consuming process. It took me about ten years to work out and test this principle in the classroom with my students.

3. The textbooks with the Chinese character decomposition are available on Polina Shinkina’s Author Spotlight page  

All the Chinese characters are decomposed in them. No need for you to re-decompose. Just take the textbook you like and teach successfully!

Good luck dear colleagues in your noble endeavours!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Chinese Numerals 1 – 10. Multiplication.

sān chéngyǐ sān děngyú duōshao

3 х 3 = ?


The Chinese Numerals for Businessmen by Polina Shinkina

Friday, April 14, 2017

汉子的‘骤’分解。Analyzing Chinese Character 骤 zhòu ‘gallop, sudden’ (17 strokes)

Chinese Character      zhòu  gallop, suddenconsists of the radical     mǎ   ‘horseand character    jù  ‘get together’. 

Chinese character      jù   ‘get togetherconsists of the radical      ěr   ear’, radical   yòuagainand character    yín  stand in the crowd’.

So, the main components of the Chinese Character      zhòu   ‘gallop, suddenare:

1. Radical      mǎ   ‘horse,
2. Character      jù   ‘get together’. 

Components of the Chinese character    jù   ‘get together’ are the following:

1. Radical      ěr   ‘ear’,
2. Radical      yòu   ‘again’ ,
3. Character      yín ‘stand in the crowd’.

The detailed decomposition of the Chinese Character      zhòu   ‘gallop, sudden’ and all its components looks like the following:

  mǎ  ‘horse’,
  jù  get together,
 qǔ  take,
 ěr  ear,
 yī  one,
 gǔn  line,
 gǔn  line,
 sān  three,
 yī  one,
 èr  two,
 yòu  again,
 yín  stand in the crowd,
丿  piě  slash,
 gǔn  line,

马取耳一丨丨三一二 又乑丿丨

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Uncrown Your Fears

Have you ever tried to use Chinese character decomposition method to memorize Chinese characters?

Chinese character seems to be simple when its structure is analysed and understood.

Decomposition of the Chinese сharacter bān ‘sort’ :

zhōu boat,
丿 piě slash,
dān red,
jiōng down box,
yī one,
zhǔ dot,
shū weapon,
jǐ table,
丿 piě slash,
yǐ second,
yòu again,

舟丿丹 一丶殳几丿⺄

I think the Chinese character decomposition can totally uncrown the myth about the Chinese characters’ difficulty.
What is your opinion?

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Monday, April 10, 2017

汉字分解。 Decomposition of the Chinese Character 锻 duàn ‘forge’


 jīn gold,
丿  piě slash,
 yī one,
 èr two,
 duàn section,
 hǎn cliff,
 sān three,
 yī one,
 èr two,
 shū weapon,
 jǐ table,
丿  piě slash,
 yǐ second,
 yòu again,

钅丿一二 段厂三一二 殳几 丿⺄又