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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Chinese Made Easy vs. Chinese Made Easy for Kids

I got a call yesterday seeking to understand which is better, Chinese Made Easy (2 reviews, average 5 stars) or Chinese Made Easy for kids (12 reviews, average 5 starts).

Most of the 1st chapter of each book has been scanned, just click on the small image to see more of the book.  This way a customer can see which is best for them.

My take is Chinese Made Easy for kids  focuses more on the verbal, where Chinese Made Easy includes learning Chinese Characters. 

They are both good series by the same author.  I have seen some teachers use both Chinese Made Easy and Chinese Made Easy for kids in their class.  The goal is to make Chinese interesting to learn and just not writing a bunch of characters as some teachers have traditionally done.  Learning Chinese, especially when dealing with kids who do not speak Chinese at home, includes learning to speak Chinese! 

Both series are available in both Traditional and Simplified Chinese Characters.  Simplified Chinese Characters is outselling Traditional Chinese Characters.

Here are pages that list all of the materials in each series:

Chinese Made Easy for Kids

Chinese Made Easy

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Lauren said...

My daughter (age 10) is learning Chinese at school and I already got her Chinese Made Easy For Kids up to level 4 to help with her homework. Which Chinese Made Easy level goes next, when I switch to that series? I assume I don't need to start with Level 1 again.

April 8, 2016 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Ray Ritchey said...

They compliment each other, so I would actually start with Level 1. Chinese Made Easy has more characters, where the student is learning to write the correct strokes. I know of one teacher that uses both books, because Chinese Made Easy for Kids has more fun activities in it.

July 7, 2016 at 4:40 PM  

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