How to read Chinese faster

You need only a pen or text editor. Write letters and words many times. You will read and write without subvocalization.

You have to learn many characters and words. Learn them with typing, handwriting, and romanization. Each character indicates a meaning. Eventually. Chinese is very suitable for speed reading.

Writing training improves your reading comprehension. Write many sentences. Write in various genres.

  • Typing and Speed Reading
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Pronunciation
  • Handwriting
  • Listening
  • Writing Training
  • Grammar
  • Other languages
  • Typing and Speed Reading

    Learn pinyin with typing. It is used for typing Chinese characters. And it is used in textbooks.


    Start a text editor and change the font size. Type the spelling of pinyin like these images. Type 2-4 letters repeatedly.

    Next, type Chinese characters. Install Chinese keyboard. I use Google pinyin input method.

    chinese 1letter
    chinese 2letters
    chinese 3letters

    Type characters or words like these images. Repeat from 1 character to 3 character.

    This is a training about subvocalization. You will get tired of typing. And you will type without internal speech.

    reading multiple lines

    Type a simple sentence with line breaks. This is a training about reading multiple lines. You will read lines at once. Type more sentences.

    You should also practice with the Latin alphabet.

    Reading Comprehension

    You have to improve your reading comprehension. Read many books and websites. Write many sentences.

    Learn Chinese characters and words. Learn them with typing, handwriting, and romanization. Wiktionary has a Swadesh list and Frequency lists.

    Appendix:Mandarin Swadesh list - Wiktionary
    Appendix:Mandarin Frequency lists/1-1000 - Wiktionary

    Each character indicates its meaning. It is very suitable for speed reading.

    Read Chinese websites. You can read Wikipedia with simplified and traditional characters. And it has the editions of Classical Chinese and some dialects. Baidu Baike has more pages than Wikipedia.

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    Increase your vocabulary. Read and watch news.


    Learn Chinese grammar in English and Chinese. And also learn English grammar in Chinese. They have some similarity.

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    Writing training improves your reading comprehension. Write many sentences. Write in various genres.


    Learn pinyin and sounds. Imagine the structure of syllable.

    Pinyin shows vowels and consonants and tones. Some chart with audio on the web, but there are many combinations. You don't have to practice them at once.

    You can learn pinyin with IPA symbols. Combine pinyin, sounds, and IPA symbols.

    Google Translate shows sounds and pinyin. Learn how to pronounce words and sentences.


    Write simple characters by your hand. You can use pen and paper, PC and mouse, or smartphone and finger.


    The number of strokes is important. Write 1-3 strokes characters. You don't have to write difficult kanji at first.


    Learn listening with speed reading.

    Read news with text-to-speech tools. I use "Read Aloud" add-on with my web browser.

    You can read news with audio on EBC news. And also you can read the pages with traditional and simplified characters.


    There are many Taiwan news channels on YouTube. And the videos have many text.

    TVBS NEWS - YouTube

    Writing Training

    Writing training improves your reading comprehension. Write many sentences.


    Learn the structure of sentence, clause, phrase, and word. The basic word order is similar to English.

    Modifiers are placed before the words they modify.


    Imagine some situations and relationships.

    Think about their relationships, positions, purposes, motives, etc.


    Use various images. Write various sentences.


    The structure of sentence is similar to English sentence. Write and speak simple sentences.

    Chinese words don't inflect. The word order is important.

    Other Languages

    Chinese language and Kanji influence many languages.

    Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese have many words of Chinese origin. Look up words and kanji in Wiktionary.

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