I think it’s relatively painless to memorize Chinese words from a tablet or computer because I will see them every day and if I don’t remember, I can just look them up again.
The home screen of my tablet looks like this after I changed the language to Chinese (中文).
The days and date are in Chinese. I haven’t learned that yet from my textbook. But of course you can find anything on the internet, including how to say days and dates in Chinese.
This year is 2016.
Jīnnián èrlíng yīliù nián.
Today is August 10th.
Jīntiān bāyuè shíhào.
Today is Wednesday.
Jīntiān xīngqī sān.
And since the names of my apps are also translated into Chinese, I want to be able to read them, too so I looked them up on Google Translate and online Chinese dictionaries.
Yīng Zhōng Rì huìhuà
English – Chinese – Japanese conversations
duō yǔ yán huìhuà
(Daily?) calendar. Because 月历 [yuè lì] is monthly calendar?
I memorize the Chinese characters in those words one by one. I try to remember how it looks like, how to write it with the correct stroke order, the pinyin with the tones, and the meaning. I’m going to use the knowledge about each character again later to memorize other words so I don’t mind even though it’s a slow process. For example, I remember that 照 [zhào] in ‘camera’ 照相机 [zhào xiàng jī] from the word ‘passport’ 护照 [hùzhào] I learned yesterday.
I have a made up story about every Chinese character to help me remember the tone. For example, 报 bào, the meaning of the character is news/report, and it is tone no. 4 (falls down), because you have to be firm when you tell the news or the news is about the nuclear bomb that fell down and sounds like “bào!”. Something like that. Hopefully, after many repetitions, I won’t need the story anymore and I will instantly remember ‘bào’ when I see the character 报. ###