Why is Mandarin so hard to learn?
- Because it’s not phonetically-based. While there is only a handful of “sight words” English learners should memorize, nearly ALL Chinese characters are sight words, which leads to the second barrier…
- Because it’s memory intensive. Studies have shown kids under 9yo learn languages in a different way than adults. They do not notice the pain of memorization as their brains simply “pick up” the pictures and sounds they frequently encounter.
- Because traditional teaching methods aren’t “leveled.” Being comprised of nearly all sight words, you’d think the Chinese language would naturally be divided into levels so learners can progress systematically but this new approach (proven effective but new) have only be advocated in recent years with more people picking up Mandarin as a second language.
We believe learning Mandarin should be practical, interactive, and most importantly — FUN!
Why? Because multilingual kids have other language choices… if learning Mandarin becomes a boring task, chances are they will stop learning/using it as soon as parents stop pushing. We created Little Chinese Readers to approach learning Chinese in a logical, measurable, and engaging way.
The learner progresses through levels with each level comprising of lessons that teach ~50 new words/level via interactive games and exercises and stories written only from words already learned.