Learn Cangjie, An Introduction to the First 7 Codes

The cangjie input method is a way of typing Chinese characters based on their shape.

Letters of the alphabet, non including x and z, are used to represent 24 different shapes.

One of the first possible steps in learning cangjie is to learn the basic shapes associated with each of these 24 letters.

The derivatives of these shapes are then easier to learn since they bear some resemblance or relationship to the 24 basic shapes.

Note that the Cangjie Input method comes build into the Mac operating system.

The basic shape elements are actually characters or symbols in their own right but I’ll refer to them as shapes because the same shape can be used to represent different Chinese symbols (or parts of Chinese Symbols).

For some of the Cangjie shape elements (which might be referred to as radicals or letters), remembering their letter association is easy through some simple memory devices.

The very first two shape associations are A and Sun 日, B and Moon 月.

You could associate the sun and moon with yang and yin, the starting point for basic understanding.

The next 5 shape elements are also philosophical elements.

C is associated with the shape for metal or gold, 金.
A simple association, metal is Cold which rhymes with Gold.

D is associated with the shape for tree. A possible association is Dead wood.

E is associated with the shape for water 水. Here the association is a little bit more complex. The shape for water is found in the symbol for Eternity 永.

F is simple, it is associated with the shape for Fire 火.

G is also simple. It is associated with the shape for earth or Ground 土.

At this point you might want to pause and review the previous 7 symbols and their associated letters.

  • Tree 木
  • Ground 土
  • Metal 金
  • Sun 日
  • Moon 月
  • Water 水
  • Fire 火

The Chinsym Chinese Character Dictionary

Chinsym is short for Chinese Symbol

To make learning cangjie easier, Chinsym Chinese Character Dictionary is a pdf with two cangjie indexes, one based on the intitial elements of each characters cangjie code, one based on the final element.
The entries themselves contain the full cangjie code in letter and symbol form as well as character meanings, pronounciation, radical and stroke count.

To make looking up characters (and their cangjie codes) even easier it also contains an Easy Lookup index. This index is based on 12 basic shapes. These shapes make Chinese Character Lookup Easy meaning you can get on with finding and learning cangjie codes.

Chinsym Chinese Character Dictionary with Easy Lookup to Make Chinese Character Lookup Easy and Cangjie Codes so You Can Touch Type Chinese Characters. Neil Keleher. Sensational Yoga Poses.

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