Have you ever thought of learning Chinese? The Chinese language has long been considered the most difficult major language to learn, largely on account of the vast number and complexity of its characters.
Actually, though, only a few hundred are necessary to comprehend basic Chinese literature and begin to delve into Chinese culture and art.
And that’s the main idea the idea behind Chineasy, an educational, social, cultural and inspirational project that was recently awarded Wallpaper Magazine’s prestigious 2014 Design Award for “Life-Enhancer of the year”. By allowing people to learn to read Chinese easily by recognising characters through simple illustrations (created by talented Israeli-born graphic designer Noma Bar), Chineasy aims at giving the West a real understand and knowledge of China so that people can understand and appreciate Chinese culture.
The method is based on building blocks – by learnig a small set of them, students can build many new words, characters, and phrases. With very little effort, learners will be able to read several hundred Chinese characters and phrases, finally overcoming “the giant roadblock preventing the East and West from communicating effectively and connecting on a deep, cultural level: the Great Wall of Chinese”.