I wonder. How does non-Chinese speakers get starting on Chinese? It is a completely new concept for them, getting rid of alphabets. Do they memorise the strokes, or they do it through logic? When is grammar introduced?
I used to study English vocabulary in extreme bursts of memorization for the SAT. I think I hit a record of something like 80-100 words per day for about 4 or 5 days until I got through about 400+ words. I bought premade flashcards for them that had the word on one side and the definition plus antonym on the other so it reinforces memorization. However with Chinese it is different I find myself maxing out at about 25 characters before my brain goes overload. It feels like learning a new set of ABC's every time and I have trouble retaining just about everything from the way the character looks, sounds and ways it is used. If anyone can show me what I'm doing wrong I'd very much appreciate it.