I made this game because I thought it would be impossible to learn Mandarin.
It was so different from any other language I had seen.
I read somewhere that I needed to learn 3000 characters to be able to read a newspaper.
I couldn't imagine speaking it!
I didn't know where to begin.Next
I started looking at this character:
What could this strange character mean?
Since I was a child, I've always been intrigued by the art of taking things apart.
I've disassembled typewriters; computers; stanzas in beautiful poems; to try and understand how they work.
I wondered if it worked with Chinese characters.Next
I cut the word apart until I can cut it no more.
Three new characters appeared. They were much simpler to read; to remember; to learn.
My dictionary told me what they meant in my language.
I learned my first word.
I remembered it by the visual of eating grass with a silk spoon.
I put the silk spoon together and learned another new word:
Medicine was now an appointment with grass.Next
I knew five characters now!
I wondered if I could learn the smaller characters to remember all the big ones.
Fired up with confidence I found myself speaking and reading Chinese characters.Next
Play my game every day on your commute to work to become confident in Mandarin.
Are you ready!?!
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