Chineasy is a startup created by Taiwanese entrepreneur ShaoLan Hsueh, with the purpose to teach people Chinese characters in a fun and efficient way using pictures. The idea first came to Shaolan when her two daughters were phasing difficulties learning Chinese. She starting drawing pictures with them incorporating the characters. This family project of drawing eventually grew out that a successful business and two books being brought out: Chineasy and Chineasy Everday
I bought Chineasy Everyday last year and what really I love about it is the use of vibrant colours and the simplistic depiction of objects and people. Remembering the characters becomes even easier because of the background information given about the origin of the characters.
The book consists of 11 chapters each treating characters, such as people, food and animals. Besides character information, there are several pages throughout on Chinese culture and history, which in my opinion makes this book even better. To me learning a language also recquires learning about the costums and history of the country, in order to understand the nuances that each language brings with itself.
My issue with this book is that it doesn’t provide stroke order, so for learning how to write characters this might not be the best.
In short this book is perfect for when you’re starting off learning Chinese characters (for reading comprehension).
For those wondering if they should buy both Chineasy and/or Chineasy Everyday, I would advice buying one. I have only seen a few pages of Chineasy, but they seem to both treat the most general characters and according to ShoaLan they are complementary and can be used independently.