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This set is pure gold. I’m pretty bad linguistically and learning chinese has been a major struggle for me. Enter this flash card set. All of sudden it starts to make sense - characters start to mean something.
Took me half a week to learn all 29 single characters (as said I’m not a good student) but even more amazingly it took just one day for my 73yo mom and less amazingly 10 minutes for my 5yo nephew (who can’t read yet) to learn them all.
Lots of fun using it as memory game, lovely cartoonish graphics. Only downsides I can think of are number of cards - everyone wants more! And now while watching a movie with chinese subtitles I don’t pay any attention to the plot, I’m just scanning subtitles for characters I know...
My son started secondary school and opted to learn Mandarin Chinese instead of French. They had a class set of these but we purchased a set to use at home and my son's lessons really improved. He quickly built up all the signs and it helped a lot with his work - he'll do the GCSE in 2 years and he's already one of the best in his year.
I bought these for my son who is starting to learn Chinese at school. The design of the cards is sleek and modern but I was disappointed by the absence of tonal accents in the pin yin transcription of the characters. I therefore found them unadapted for pure beginners.
These cards are very nice quality, unfortunately they are for traditional characters and not simplified Chinese so be aware of that if you are purchasing them. It's not worth he hassle of sending them back so i'll keep them and use them.
I bought it for my boyfriend because he wanted to learn some Chinese. But have to say that this one is not quite user-friendly for those who haven't learn some basic Chinese. I'm Chinese, and I don't think the things on the cards are understandable for English speakers without extra explanation. It would be more effective and easier if you can find a Mandarin speaker to pronounce the character and also explain the meaning a little bit ;p But the cards are well-designed and some pictures can really help when you try to memorise some of the characters.