The Method

The reputation Chinese has for being "the most difficult language to learn," arises solely from the difficulty in learning its script. Beyond some of the most basic characters, students find themselves having to memorize hundreds of seemingly random symbols.

The difficulty arises from that the conventional approach to learning Chinese largely ignores the ideographic nature of its script. This, in turn, is because the symbolism behind these characters is not clearly understood and scholars dismiss the language as semi-ideographic.

This series of books, perhaps for the first time in modern history, uncover the purely ideographic nature of Chinese script - and lets the reader understand the logic, the mechanisms, behind this system of writing. The reader comes to see each character as a simple picture telling its own meaning.

The approach allows the reader to effortlessly master Chinese - the ideographic script, properly understood, becomes a learning aid that lets the student master Chinese much faster than he could learn conventional languages.

In this series of books, the 3000 most frequent Chinese characters are explained - a vocabulary sufficient to read most books in Chinese.

The approach encourages active exploration and understanding, and obviates the need for mnemonics and repetitive drills.