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Discussion in 'Children Learning Materials' started by Andrew, Feb 19, 2015.

  1. Andrew

    Andrew Administrator
    Staff Member

    Chineasy is quite an interesting proposition - a very easy to understand way of learning very basic Chinese characters through the images they sort-of kind-of represent. Thinking about getting a copy for our son to read - I figure he'll get something out of it at 3 years old but might become too advanced for it quite soon. Anyone tried anything like this book?

    Holy moly, can't believe they got so much money for their Kickstarter campaign.
  2. Lola888

    Lola888 New Member

    Not the book, but I've looked at their Facebook page and the few character I've looked at have really helped to see the words in my mind. I do wish I'd paid more attention in Chinese school when I was younger but it was over 20 yrs ago now
  3. Andrew

    Andrew Administrator
    Staff Member

    Their Facebook page is fantastic with little attractive graphics being posted regularly.

    However I worry it is being sold as a 'learning system' when it's a bit basic. But certainly good for early years children I think.

  4. TeachKidsChinese

    TeachKidsChinese New Member

    I first heard criticism about this book, that the pictures are often inaccurate and often don't represent true etymologies. Also, kids are probably better off learning characters when they are too young to get much out of this book. At the same time, part of me thinks this would really help my five year old with characters. So I'm also not sure about this book and have been thinking about getting it!
  5. Sara Foster

    Sara Foster New Member

  6. Andrew

    Andrew Administrator
    Staff Member

    That 'Outlier Dictionary of Chinese Characters' Kickstarter looks really interesting - I've backed the project for $25. Interesting that it just slots into Pleco. Looking forwarding to it coming out soon (sometime next year!)

    You're right about Chineasy.. it's probably only appropriate for the complete beginner.
  7. Sara Foster

    Sara Foster New Member

    they use pleco so they don't have to develop their own app, and can focus on the content. good choice.
  8. bamilton

    bamilton New Member

    Chineasy the author is a marketing specialist.
    If your child wants to learn Chinese, learn online anytime, anywhere
    I tried with various web sites. I found the good result with http://www.hanbridgemandarin.com. I am quite satisfied
  9. Eva

    Eva New Member

    Just had a look at the links you guys have referred above. These seem more appropriate for older kids. I wonder if there is anything simpler or even snap cards like little tikes?

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