The year was 2005. I sat alongside the rest of my high school Spanish class staring at our teacher in disbelief. “Pretend like you’re dropping little tiny goats into your eye,” she said.
“Is she being serious right now?” This has to be the dumbest thing any of us had heard all week.
‘Las gotas’ is Spanish for drops. I still remember that all these years later. That’s the power of mnemonics. They create an image in your mind that makes it much easier to remember otherwise difficult things.
On first look, Zizzle is a pretty stupid app. It’s stupid in the same way my Spanish teacher was. There’s a good chance you won’t immediately realize how awesome Zizzle actually is. You might not really appreciate it until several months have passed and you’re still able to easily remember lots of Chinese characters.
I started out studying radicals and character components. I can read graded readers and articles on The Chairman’s Bao without too much difficulty. I can recognize characters in context. But, when I see them in isolation, or if I close my eyes and try to imagine what a character actually looks like – I’m helpless. I constantly confuse similar looking characters.
I’ve been mixing up 相 and 租 since I learned them. It took almost no time using Zizzle to be able to distinguish and remember the differences between the two. I can now clearly picture in my head how both characters are formed.