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!
How to learn so many?
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.
Staring at this character, I wondered what it could mean.
I cut the word apart until I could cut it no more.Three characters appeared.
With these I learnt my first cut up character. I remember the character, MEDICINE, with the visual of eating GRASS with a SILK spoon!
I put the silk spoon together and learned another new word:
Not only did MEDICINE become an APPOINTMENT with GRASS, I was now familiar with five Chinese characters!
I wondered if I could learn the smaller characters to remember all the big ones.
It was fun breaking the characters apart. I started calling this game:
To my horror not only could one character have multiple meanings, they could produce different sounds and become many different words!
Time for a deep, deep breath!
I created a word bank. I will not be intimidated by the unknown.
One step at a time I will get to know this language.
I will bear in mind that there is always more to learn than just these. I make a note (+) for later.
Are you ready to play?Yes! Play game!
Let's learn some words! Let's learn Mandarin!
Click one of the cards to start!