Chinese is one of the hardest languages to learn when it comes reading and writing. Although there are over 80,000 different Chinese characters, most of these “words” are constructed with only a few single characters that are paired together in different structures.
ShaoLan Hsueh, an entrepreneur and venture capitalist, hopes to make it easier for learners to read and write Chinese by illustrating the characters and using them to tell a story.
Hsueh runs Chineasy, which is a “visual-based learning system” that aims to “bring down the great challenge of Chinese language.” Learners start off by learning the eight core characters, and by combining them together and adding various strokes, they can learn up to 64 different words.
Hseuh explained to Wired UK that:
My methodology breaks down several thousand characters to identify the fundamental element behind each character. I have combined that with a set of beautiful graphics that allow people to recognise patterns and therefore the meaning of symbols very quickly.