- Braveiron Last month
I suggest you can start with pinyin first. It's easy and help you a lot. You can speak any Chinese character by the help of pinyin.
If you want to go faster I suggest to start with pinyin and learn the characters thanks to pinyin.
Using your computer or smartphone, if you type the pinyin "ma", you will be able to select in the drop dow list, one of several characters: 嗎, 吗 (...).
Nowdays, thanks to computers I think it is not so important to learn how to write characters, but more learn how to read characters.
This is my method to learn fast. Because learning how to write characters can take many years...