While there are 1000s of characters in the Chinese language, some are used a LOT more than others. The first 1000 characters are used in 90% of texts. The first 2500 characters are used in 98% of texts. We teach you the characters in the order that makes sense to get you up to speed - fast!
As you learn a character, we then start to teach you words that utilize that character. As you learn new words, we teach you sentences that use those words. This way your Chinese reading ability is constantly improving from characters to words to sentences!
The Chinese language has a rich history of 5000 years. Why does each character look the way it does? What components are used to create it? Learning this history not only gives you further insight into Chinese culture, it also provides useful mnemonics to help you remember them.
Our course is interactive. We ask you to reproduce (type out) characters as we teach them. You are asked to recall characters that were taught in earlier lessons. At the end of each lesson, multiple activities test your recall and understanding of all the characters and words taught in that lesson. This way you can constantly gauge your progress.