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Pronunciation.
Each Chinese character or radical has its own Roman letters (Hanyu Pinyin) representing its unique sound. Presentation of a character or radical should be accompanied with pronunciation in order to increase students’ memorization.

Pronunciation comparison.
Many characters or radicals have similar sounds. Pronunciation comparison is an advisable mnemonic method.

Radical information.
The radicals in the new characters should be specifically identified in order to help students deconstruct Chinese characters. Radical identification can be part of effective character-learning strategy.

Character meaning.
Each Chinese character has its specific meaning, and Chinese words are constituted of various combinations of characters. A word can present different meanings from its formed Chinese character. When introducing a new Chinese word, the meaning of its Chinese characters should be introduced along with pronunciation, because there is a strong correlation between being able to pronounce a word and being able to identify its meaning.

Character morphology.
Chinese words do not have obvious present, past and future tenses, (e.g. the English words “give,” “gave,” “giving,” “given,” and “will give”), but there are certain rules of syntax used to set forth a word, tense, structure, or sentence. The introduction of morphology and structure can help learners to analytically separate Chinese words and use them correctly.

Character usage.
Some Chinese characters can serve as a noun, verb or adjective, depending upon the applicable situational context. Chinese words can be classified into different parts of speech based on morphological features, distribution, and function. Correct character usage needs to be mentioned.

Character-writing demonstration.
Chinese characters are written by means of different strokes executed in certain stroke orders. Learners should be encouraged to write the strokes correctly so that they can write Chinese characters artistically and efficiently.

Writing practice and testing.
Writing practice is considered the most complicated and expensive function to facilitate. Additionally, many users do not have equipment needed for writing practice, such as digital pen or tablet.