Chinese is considered one of the most difficult languages to master. However, using the Chineasy system, anyone can begin to understand and read Chinese. It works by transforming Chinese characters into illustrations to make them easy to remember. This book teaches the key characters on which the language is built and how these characters can be combined to form more complex words and phrases. Learning Chinese has never been this simple or more fun!
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Inspired by her desire to break down “the Great Wall of Chinese” and help her young children learn her mother tongue, Taiwanese-born entrepreneur ShaoLan developed a picture-based system for learning Chinese. This stunning graphic guide brings the TED Talk presenter’s methodology to life. Noma Bar’s delightful illustrations provide the backstory of different Chinese characters—and give visual cues for memorization. Perfect for language learners of different ages, Chineasy is also an exceptional book for anyone interested in Chinese culture and graphic art.
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Page 11 error
On page 11, the pictographs for volcano are correct but mislabeled as fire + tree instead of fire + mountain.
As a child, I studied in a chinese school in Peru, but they never gave a structured way to connect the dots and read. I find easier to understand the traditional characters due my background, so what I do is to apply my own ideas and graphical references based on what’s on the book. I also practice my writting to remember the details.
I’ve been using the book for less than a month and the results are impressive.
I would recommend to increase the font size in the version for my computer due it is hard to see the details of the characters; some of them are only in tiny size.
This is a beautifully designed little book, and one that would nicely be applicable to illustrated storytelling, particularly for children (and their parents) as is the typical scenario.
My inclination is to think it would be nice if there were both the visual reference for the characters as is shown but alongside the characters alone so that the brain can let go of the associated image and work back and forth between the two visuals.