About this project
Many say learning Chinese is hard. We disagree. Chineasy really does make learning Chinese easy and it’s a ton of fun! Chineasy helps everyone recognize characters through quirky, memorable pictures with the mission to bridge the gap between the East and the West. Chineasy's simple visual approach is underscored by a rigorous educational methodology.
Today, we're happily introducing our new learning tool: Chineasy Tiles!
£45,000 stretch goal unlocked!
We’re upgrading our stretch goal bonus from a simple audio pronunciation guide to Chineasy Tiles LITE - our first SPEAKING EBOOK! This 100-page ebook contains original stories, fun learning activities, and pronunciation audio for hundreds of characters and phrases you learn from playing Chineasy Tiles.
Every pledge that includes Chineasy Tiles will automatically be upgraded and receive Chineasy Tiles LITE!
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A learning game that makes Chinese more fun and easier than ever!
The Chinese language is made up of thousands of characters. For many people, learning this language could be daunting, but Chineasy Tiles makes the first steps simple.
1.) Chineasy Tiles starts off with essential high-frequency characters
2.) Each one is illustrated to show the definition of the word
3.) Through games & visual cues, learn Chinese!
150+ pieces, endless possibilities to play and learn
Chinese characters are like building blocks - they can be combined in different ways. Chineasy Tiles are designed to be moved around. Pick them up and sit them next to each other. It’s the hands-on way to learn about combining words, and the easy way to extend your Chinese vocabulary.
When you play Chineasy Tiles, you're learning key Chinese language skills, including recognizing characters, combining words into phrases and using characters in sentences. You're developing the foundations of the Chinese language.
The 48 essential high-frequency characters can be combined to make more than 200 words and phrases. But don’t stop there! There’s endless scope to expand your Chinese vocabulary.
Inside a box of Chineasy Tiles you will find:
- A two-sided master board with 48 illustrated Chineasy characters
- 100 plastic tiles
- 48 cards
- 4 specially designed play boards
- 1 canvas bag
- Dimension: 15.3 x 11.4 x 3.5 inches with weight 4.2 lbs (39 x 29 x 9 cm; 1.9 kg)
Playful learning doesn’t mean playing the same game again and again. Chineasy Tiles is designed to allow you to create new ways of playing and learning. Through rigorous user testing in classrooms and homes, learners with different levels of Chinese proficiency can all experience Chinese in brand new ways.
We’ve devised more than a dozen ways to play with the tiles, including Bingo, Connect-the-tiles, Bundle Up, Storytelling, plus many more. Come up with your own new ways to play and share your ideas with the Chineasy community!
Don't worry, you don't need to speak Chinese to help children get the best from Chineasy Tiles. We're here to help. We provide a parents' guide, a video tutorial and online support. Along with thousands of other families, join the Chineasy community on this exciting journey to learn Chinese!
Over the past year, we have worked with teachers from around the world who specialize in teaching different grades and levels of Chinese language learning. We saw for ourselves that Chineasy Tiles suits many different curriculum and classroom needs.
We've developed comprehensive play guides designed for parents, teachers, and individual players. Even better, we're giving them to you for FREE!
The guides include 12 different ways to play Chineasy Tiles Tips on how to reinforce certain skills designed for each game Notes about specific skill sets taught in each game Everyone can enjoy Chineasy Tiles. Each game has been designed with two levels - for beginners and more advanced learners. We can't wait for you to take Chineasy Tiles to the next level. Make it your own unique tool and learn Chinese!
Chineasy Tiles is a brilliant tool for learners of all ages and levels, from beginners to advanced learners and even native speakers. How do we know? We road-tested Chineasy Tiles around the world, on MIT professors, parents, and leading Chinese educators from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the UK and the US. And, of course, we asked the learners themselves, who were aged between 3 and 86 years-old. They all loved playing Chineasy Tiles!
Chineasy Tiles introduces key learning elements and developmental skill sets for every stage of learning, from beginners to native speakers.
Learning has never been so easy. You’ll have so much fun you won’t even notice that you’re learning Chinese. Before you know it, you’ll be able to read and understand lots of different characters.
The sky's the limit when it comes to ways to play Chineasy Tiles!
Chineasy is a groundbreaking method to make reading and speaking Chinese enjoyable and easy. Chineasy founder and creator, ShaoLan, developed the approach to inspire her British-born children to learn Chinese. To help work out the list of essential Chinese words, ShaoLan created a special algorithm and combed through thousands of Chinese characters.
Our award-winning design unlocks the Chinese language. Characters have been transformed from difficult and cryptic black shapes to easy-to-understand pictograms.
With similar methodology and to go beyond reading and writing, ShaoLan created Talk Chineasy to help people learn to speak Chinese easily. You'll enjoy listening to each 7-minute daily Chinese podcast lesson. Each day ShaoLan and a special guest share interesting cultural insights and stories as they teach you a useful Chinese phrase.
In our last campaign, with the support of everyone from the Kickstarter community, we brought you the book, Chineasy: The New Way to Read Chinese by ShaoLan. Today, our program of publications is translated into 19 languages. Around the world, Chineasy helps people learn Chinese and appreciate the beauty of the Chinese language and culture. We are thrilled to be invited back to Kickstarter Gold to bring you our latest innovation.
Research proves that the "play to learn" approach works, especially when developing skills to learn a new language. Chineasy Tiles is about palying games and having fun, not learning by rote. Across the globe, it's been tested in homes with families and in classrooms with teachers. All agree, Chineasy Tiles is the entertaining - and often full-of-laughter - way to learn Chinese.
Chineasy is highly recommended by educators, parents, and Chinese learners from all over the world. We really appreciate this praise and feedback.
Chineasy Tiles has been created with love. We didn’t dream it up overnight. It has been rigorously tested in classrooms and homes to ensure it is easy-to-play, fun and inspires Chinese language-learning, even if you can’t speak any Chinese! Our greatest inspiration has been parents, teachers and Chinese learners.
Chineasy is committed to being innovative and inspirational about Chinese language-learning. We're a small, highly energetic team located around the world in London, Boston, and Taipei.
Chineasy is honored to be mentored and supported by world-renowned pundits.
We’re thrilled to launch this project and happy you will be joining us on our journey.
Here are several videos, which help you learn more about Chineasy and our mission to bridge the gap between the East and the West.
Learn to read Chinese with ease! ShaoLan's first TED Talk, in which you can understand Chineasy's building block methodology.
ShaoLan: The Chinese zodiac, explained. ShaoLan's second TED Talk, which reinforces the cultural understanding.
Story of Chinese Zodiac Chineasy culture is full of stories, here's an example from the Great Race of the Zodiacs that determines the order of the animals!
Take a look at our rewards
We Love Chineasy Sticker set
Eight uniquely designed large stickers made of durable vinyl to ensure that your love for Chineasy remains bright no matter rain or shine!
Chineasy Iconic Magnet set
Coming soon! Excuse us for a bit delay but we insist on quality. :)
Chineasy Special - Limited Edition of Chineasy: New Way to Read Chinese by ShaoLan
If you love the Chineasy methodoogy, here is our Special Limited Edition Chineasy: The New Way to Read Chinese in Golden Black. This gorgeous hardcover limited edition is wrapped with high-quality fabric and has the gilded Chinese character of "Tiger", illustrated by designer Noma Bar.
If you think Chineasy can help someone you know who's learning Chinese, we'd be happy that you share this Kickstarter exclusive with them!
When the project is complete, we will contact you for shipping information and other details.
Can’t wait to get Chineasy Tile?
We know…we know…that’s why we have those 2 mini ebooks ready for you to enjoy immediately! Click the image below to share Chineasy Tiles' Kickstarter Gold campaign with your friends, and you're able to download the ebooks right away!
Risks and challenges
It’s been an adventure seeing Chineasy Tiles through the process, from concept development to prototyping and testing. Our team is small, professional and committed to creating our product. Over the past year, we have carried out road-testing with language-learners and collaborated with institutions to ensure Chineasy Tiles fulfills rigorous educational values and a striking design aesthetic.
Just like many other projects, our biggest challenge is meeting the cost of manufacturing and shipping our product. Our team is based in Boston, London, and Taiwan, from where we can ensure smooth communication with manufacturing counterparts in China. We are exacting about design and production quality and committed to ensuring that Chineasy Tiles are delivered on time. Our Support team will send frequent status updates, including production and delivery information.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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