However, although I haven't provided any Wordpacks in Mandarin Segments for a while, I have actually been using them more and more often as I work my way through the first 1500 characters in Heisig's Book 1.
There has been one character that has been popping up quite often of late, which I think is really useful to know. Especially if you're learning Chinese :-)
The header image of today's Wordpack shows the hanzi for: rán. Dictionary definitions include: like this / thus / correct.
Aside: In Heisig's book it is defined as "sort of thing" - and the three primitives are 'flesh' (月), 'chihuahua' (犬) & 'cooking fire' (灬). The image I have created isn't exactly the same as his ... mine is centred around a hotdog - which can be thought of as the flesh of a small dog, on a cooking fire. It's not exactly what hotdog means - but it's the same 'sort of thing'.
And although the individual character's definition is very confusing (well, it is to me), you do see the word rán appearing in a number of common Chinese words, and so the goal of grouping them together into a Wordpack is to make it easier to memorise them and to recall them again in future.
当然 dāngrán: Of course!
虽然 suīrán: although
自然 zìrán: natural / naturally
突然 tūrán: sudden / unexpected
果然 guǒrán: as expected
偶然 ǒurán: incidentally / randomly
These are the ones I'm seeing most often. If you want to see a full list, check here for dozens more example where a word ends with rán.
If you're quite new to Mandarin, I would say that as a minimum you should learn dāngrán & suīrán.
Are there any others you think are common enough to be worth mentioning? Drop us a note to let us know, and even just to say hi.