Many people are overwhelmed attempting to learn Chinese with ineffective drills and hard memorization. How to make sense of these Chinese characters for the 21st century learners so that they not only become meaningful to you, but also stay long in your memory? In this TEDx talk, Dr. Haiyan Fan, a language educator with a background in Linguistics, Artificial Intelligence and User Experience Design, provided an organic learning solution called “Chinestory: Learn Chinese through Pictures & Stories”, by growing yourself a Chinese language tree from its roots -- 300 Oracle Bone Scripts. She demonstrated to the audience through beautifully illustrated ancient scripts, etymological stories and body movements, that are both educational and inspirational. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
Many people living overseas attempted to learn Chinese with great enthusiasm but little results. This explainer video tracks down 3 main killers of effective Chinese language learning, including 1) boring learning experience, 2) inappropriate methodology, 3) cognitive inefficiency. An innovative Chinese learning methodology Chinestory – learn Chinese through Pictures and Stories was introduced. Examples were provided.
Why does a foreign language sound and look foreign to us? Why do we easily get lost and confused in a foreign country? To appreciate the depth of such questions, let’s turn to the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for some useful theories about intelligent agent.
Chinestory taps into the innate capacity of language learners, which according to the influential American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician Noam Chomsky’s well-established theory of Universal Grammar, is universal to all human.