The other day I observed a friend studying chinese writing 400 characters a day for his introductory class. Rewriting words basic words over and over.

Because my handwritten Chinese is something I’m always working on, I’ve decided to give this routine a shot. Until now I’ve been writing down new words as I learn them or as I look them up – there isn’t a lot of structure to this system. I have a notebook filled with chinese I’ve learned from the last few years, pieces of conversations written down, things other people have taught me, and so on. Here’s a photo of it, click to enlarge:

I’ll try 400 characters a day for a few weeks and see how it works out for me. I’m continuing to use and a few ipod touch study aids as well, of these I highly recommend this flashcard application.