Learn to Read Chinese Before Teaching in China

ShaoLan Hsueh

The Chinese language and its characters can seem so mystifying to us outsiders.

But when you become a volunteer teacher in China, you can have a better experience if you can learn some of the most common Chinese characters.

In her TED Talk video below, entrepreneur ShaoLan Hsueh walks through a simple video lesson in recognizing the ideas behind the Chinese characters and their meaning — building from a few simple forms to more complex concepts.

She used this approach to create a visual-based learning system called Chineasy

One of the products of Chineasy is Chineasy Tiles, an award-winning language learning tool designed to enhance playful learning in Chinese. It sells for $89 on her website.

Starting with 48 high frequency words, Chineasy Tiles allows learners to create more than 200 phrases and expand their vocabulary from those essential radicals. 150 pieces offer more than 10 ways to play and learn. The program also includes a Teacher’s Guide.

So, consider following ShaoLan’s Chinese language learning method — especially before arriving to teach in China!