With over 20,000 characters in the Chinese language – with most of them looking identical to each other – you could say learning the language is a daunting task. But entrepreneur Shao Lan Hsueh believes that with a visual-based learning system, you could easily learn 1,000 characters that’s enough for basic literacy. Enter ‘Chineasy’, an illustration book that associates imagery around characters to tell stories and make memorization fun.
Using the strokes of the characters, artist Noma Bar, illustrated the images that matched the meaning of the symbol. So the symbol for tree resembles the trunk and branches, while the symbol for fire looks like flames. It’s a lot easier to memorize with visuals rather than memorizing thousands and thousands of lines. Trust me, I’ve been there.
Hsueh tells Wired.co.uk, ‘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’.
Chineasy is currently available for pre-order online.