Chineasy Illustrated Characters Developed To Make Studying Chinese Effortless

This program of illustrated characters and animations was created to help folks learn to read Chinese, and is one of the 76 projects nominated for Styles of the Year 2014 (+ slideshow).

Chineasy by ShaoLan Hsueh Tree

Taiwan-born entrepreneur ShaoLan first began creating the Chineasy characters as a way to teach her personal English-speaking kids to read standard Mandarin Chinese, by producing a visual connection to the words.

Chineasy by ShaoLan HsuehWoman

Possessing struggled to uncover a straightforward way to negotiate the huge quantity and complexity of Chinese characters, she teamed up with graphic artist Noma Bar to develop a program of shapes representing some of the most commonly occurring symbols, which can be combined to develop more complex phrases.

Chineasy by ShaoLan Hsueh Fire

“I developed a methodology that breaks down thousands of Chinese characters into a handful of hundred base developing blocks,” explained ShaoLan. “When these developing blocks are combined, they type compounds that can in turn be combined to develop phrases. By way of this method learners can rapidly build a large vocabulary of characters with really small work.”

Chineasy by ShaoLan Hsueh Mouth

As properly as providing users with a memorable way to recognize the characters, Chineasy aims to supply those living in the West an insight into Chinese culture in a visual format.

Chineasy by ShaoLan Hsueh Water tap

“It is educational, social, cultural, and I hope, inspirational,” stated ShaoLan. “I am demonstrating the beauty of this deep and ancient culture with a modern day interpretation via sleek modern design.”

Chineasy by ShaoLan Hsueh Moon

The entrepreneur spent her evenings deciding on and sketching suitable characters to kind the constructing blocks of the Chineasy system, which she then modelled on her pc and refined to produce modern graphic representations that could very easily be understood by Westerners.

Chineasy by ShaoLan Hsueh Roof

Possessing presented the initial thought at a conference organised by innovation forum TED that was published on the internet in Could 2013, the interest she received encouraged ShaoLan to commence functioning on a book and launch a Chineasy website and Facebook page.

Chineasy by ShaoLan Hsueh King

A campaign launched on crowdfunding website Kickstarter exceeded its objective of £75000, eventually achieving £197626 of backing that was utilized to publish the very first Chineasy books.

Chineasy by ShaoLan Hsueh Mountain

The books are now being published by Thames & Hudson and an ebook and app have also been created to illustrate how to write and right stroke order via basic animations and give suggestions on pronunciation.

Chineasy by ShaoLan Hsueh Door

Chineasy was nominated in the Graphics category of the Design and style Museum’;s shortlist for Styles of the Year and characteristics in an exhibition at the museum until 25 August.

Here’;s a project description from ShaoLan:


Chineasy’;s aim is to bridge the gap between the East and the West. I want to give the west a genuine understanding of China and an appreciation of Chinese culture by means of their own eyes rather than layers of packaging and manipulation.

Chineasy by ShaoLan Hsueh The technique – compounds

It is evident that individuals are hungry to discover about China. Men and women are keen to be in a position to communicate with the 1.3 billion folks. Tet there is not considerably out there to allow them to do so. Whilst the whole Chinese population is understanding English, the west is struggling to comprehend this complex economy and society with their own eyes and judgment. Realizing their language is the crucial towards accurate understanding.

Chineasy will turn into the first step for any individual in the globe who desires to realize China, Chinese culture and its language. It is educational, social, cultural and inspirational. I am demonstrating the beauty of this deep and broad culture via a modern day interpretation using sleek and simple design and style.

Chineasy by ShaoLan Hsueh The approach – phrases

Chineasy’;s aim is to enable men and women to find out to read Chinese easily by recognising characters by means of basic illustrations. The magical power of the Chineasy method is that by understanding 1 tiny set of constructing blocks, students can build many new words, characters, and phrases.

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