Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, every character in the book will have its Pinyin written next to it so that you can learn to pronounce as well as read Chinese!Last updated:
At the moment we plan to produce the ebook for all major readers excluding PDF.
This is for a number of reasons:
- The main is that should a established publisher wish to work with us, they will not support distribution through this method.
- We also work with a established artists who has requested that his work not be published in PDF format.
- Finally, though we know it is not full proof in today's electronic world, we would like to try and protect the Chineasy book from piracy where-ever possible.
The good news, is that both kindle and ibooks offer free software, which allows you to read their books on your desktop, laptop or phone. This means that no one should miss out :)Last updated:
Yes, check out our £60 bracket!Last updated:
Yes, though the ebook and print books will have the same teaching content, the print book will also feature an exclusive illustrated story!Last updated:
In addition to a few hundred useful characters and phrases, you will be able to construct and recognise some short sentences.
Here are some examples at the end of my book:
'The younger sister got married in Japan'
'How much does this flower cost?'
'Madam Lin is returning on 3rd May'
'Good morning everybody'.Last updated:
In Chineasy I teach a mixture of simplified and traditional forms - whichever we think makes the most sense according to the system I designed. If you read carefully, I always point out the counter part (either simplified or traditional) so that you can learn both.
Please don't worry which system you are learning. It’s like knowing the difference between British spelling and American spelling. For instance, in the UK you spell ‘flavour’ like this, but in the US you spell it without the ‘u’, like this ‘flavor’. In real life you tend to come across both around the world.
In general, people from Mainland China and Singapore use simplified Chinese, whereas people in Taiwan and Hong Kong use the traditional form. In Chineasy, we focus on teaching you Chinese characters (both simplified and traditional) but I also mark ‘Japanese Kanji’ so you will know how useful each character is!Last updated:
Written records of the Chinese language have been discovered as far back as the 14th to 11th centuries BCE during the Shang dynasty in their use of oracle bone script. Since then, Chinese has spread to its neighbouring countries including Japan. Japanese Kanji share an incredible number of characters (approximately 2,000 to 3,000) with Chinese, sometimes there is slight variation in meaning, but most of the time the meaning is either identical or differs only slightly. I managed to get around Japan over the years without knowing how to speaking a word of Japanese because I could read their Kanji!
Over the past few thousands years, Chinese's spoken dialects have evolved at different rates depending on their geographical location, whilst written Chinese has, comparatively, changed very little. However, starting in 1949 in an attempt to promote mass literacy the Communist party started simplifying Traditional Chinese characters. This process involved removing or altering the number of strokes comprising Traditional characters, making them easier to read and write. To date, about 2,000 characters have been simplified. Any character altered or substituted after 1949 is considered Simplified Chinese.
Traditional Chinese characters are comprised of all characters which predate the Communist party's reforms. The modern shapes of Traditional Chinese derives from the emergence of the Clerical Script during the Han Dynasty, and has been more or less stable since the 5th century (during the Southern and Northern Dynasties.).
Kanji, on the other hand, are the adopted logographic Chinese characters (hanzi) that are used in the modern Japanese writing system, alongside: hiragana (ひらがな, 平仮名), katakana (カタカナ, 片仮名), Hindu-Arabic numerals, and occasionally the Latin alphabet. The Japanese term kanji (漢字) referring to the Chinese characters literally mean "Han characters" and is written using the same characters as the Chinese hanzi (漢字).Last updated:
Unfortunately, Kickstarter support most major credit cards, but they do not support payment with Paypal at this time. Sorry!Last updated:
Good questions. For those want the most comprehensive guide the book is the best choice (e or print) but if you want to quiz yourself or others or are buying a product for children, the flashcards are the way to go!
Book: 300+ new words
Flashcards: 150 new words (30 radicals 90 compounds and 30 phrases)
Postcards: 100 new wordsLast updated:
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