The Radical Way to Learn Chinese

The underlying premise behind our writing curriculum is that we understand when you look at a Chinese character you’re not looking at a random assortment of lines, swoops and slashes; you’re looking at a collection of stylized pictographs or ideographs–a picture. For those of you who have already spent time studying Chinese, you know that we’re referring to 部首 (bu4shou3), the smaller radicals or components that combine to make up Chinese characters.

We believe students should FIRST learn these simpler building block components before they begin learning whole Chinese characters. Think about it. You learn to write your basic ABCs before you start writing whole words like “medicine”, so why don’t you learn the basic pictographs and ideographs 幺, 艹, 白 and 木 before you learn to write the whole character “藥”?

All 100,000 Chinese characters are merely different combinations of 400 simple pictographs and ideographs. The secret to quickly mastering huge numbers of Chinese characters is to first learn these 400 basic components. In our curriculum, after you learn a basic component you will discover all of the Chinese characters that contain that component. When you have learned all of the basic components that combine together to form a Chinese character, you will unlock that character to learn.


Who Our Courses Are Designed For

Our Chinese courses are designed for both independent learners who are studying Chinese on their own and for schools looking to integrate our software into their classroom Chinese courses.

If you are an individual who is interested in using our software on your own for self-study purposes, go for it! We have thousands of independent learners using our software to master Chinese characters. Just sign up as an “independent learner” and you’ll have full control to tweak our courses to best fit your needs. You can learn more about our curriculum “playlists” and pricing below.

If you are a Chinese instructor, department head, school superintendent or dean who is interested in implementing our software into your existing Chinese course, the ABCs of Chinese team has made numerous design decisions specifically to meet your needs. Please look through the “Classroom Integration” content below to help you better assess our company’s values, the adaptability of our software and our classroom integration solutions.


Learn at your own pace and comfort zone. You can go as fast or as slow as you like!



We can integrate into your classroom like the Matrix. You can be the Neo of Chinese Character Learning.



Think of us like the Porsche dealership of Chinese Character Learning systems, except with Kia prices.


The ABCs of Chinese Team

The small, but dedicated group of committed collaborators