A few months back, Eric (of When English Attacks and Attack! Language) asked why no-one had put together a Heisig-style deck for the Hong Kong Special Character Set. I didn’t do anything about it at the time because I didn’t feel the need, but maybe it’d be useful to do so.
In any case, I just did some digging and found a .pdf that includes ~5000 HKSCS characters… which to me seems excessive.
So, quick question – has anyone else come across an abridged version? Maybe just the most common 1000 characters or something (I had hitherto laboured under the impression that that was all the special characters there were.) If so, I’ll order them up for easy learning, and we’ll all walk away happy.
Secondly, as soon as I figure out how, I’m going to upload the Taiwan Grades 1-8 decks with the Cantonese readings generated by Anki for each card. I may rearrange them (by reading or something) to make it easier to learn them. I must confess, I’ve been a little disappointed in the lack of emergence of RTH II, so hopefully this’ll fill the void. The Hanzi stats plugin seems to think the 3500 characters in the deck aren’t the most common 3500, but I suspect this may have something to do with certain simplifications/vulgar variants.
Thirdly, I’d like to do a little market research – would anyone be interested in a 20-hour course (guesstimate, can’t remember how long it took me) that taught you input Chinese characters using Cangjie? There seems to be just the one course available in English, but it’s $35 with P&P. The main benefits would be being able to quickly look up words you read in books or on Chinese show subtitles because it doesn’t rely on you being able to say the character, just to decompose it. A second benefit is that it avoids using PinYin or Jyutping input (neither of which are ideal for Cantonese, the latter because no easy-to-obtain system exists), and also that using Cangjie trains active recall of how to write characters. It’s a win-win-win-win situation. It may or may not be something I charge for – really it’d depend how long it takes to put together. I might just post up the Anki deck I created for it for free. I often transcribe entire passages from manga or TV shows to parse them quickly using CantoDict and then enter them into Anki, and it’s certainly helped me a lot… poll below if you could spare a couple of seconds.
There’s a whole new post on Cangjie here: eldonreeves.wordpress.com
Finally, as a little bonus, here’s a My Little Airport song. My… good friend introduced them to me, and although I don’t like all their songs, this one is 好好聽…
If you click through to Youtube the lyrics are in the video description box 😉