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.
Yet again I’m at another turning point in my life. Right now I can’t tell whether it’s for better or worse, or rather it feels absolutely bad, but I believe it is for the best. The most efficient way to describe how I’m feeling would be indifferent yet highly sensitive. and anxious
This month marks the end of what I see as a period filled with a continuous flow of downs. I’m a person who enjoys solitude (to some extent), which can easily leave me isolated for uncomfortable lengths of time. However at the beginning of this period, I met someone who I felt really strongly about. In hindsight I do feel misled to a certain extent and given a false sense of security. This person was in a sense always there, but as an illusional form of support. They were the kind of person that made me want to do better, but concluding I always felt that I never met up to their standard and belittled.
The past month I have been pushed away by them, causing me a lot of anxiety. The moment you realise something is slipping form your grip is when you understand how attached you’ve become. Last weekend they completely shut me out and it has been affecting me greatly. Without a word or respond and it is honestly one of the most painful experience in my life. The question that runs through my mind inexhaustibly is ‘why did this happen?’. I keep going through all of my memories, trying to trace back the mistakes that I might have made to cause this. Nothing comes up, but a feeling of possible insecurity. I will never know why, only that wounds have been cut and that I need to heel.
I managed to get my dream job at a really good company and I have 13 days before I start. Instead of focussing on other people’s needs and trying to make other people happy I’ve decided to focus on and think about myself for once. I deleted WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook and am going to do whatever I want. I’m going to enjoy life again.