The New Way to Read Chinese

(With elasticated closure)
  1. ShaoLan
  • ISBN 9780500650288
  • 24.00 x 18.00 cm
  • Flexibound
  • 192pp
  • Illustrated in colour throughout
  • First published 2014

A graphically appealing, illustration-led system that will enable all readers – from schoolchildren to adults – to grasp the concept of Chinese ideograms with ease.
    Fun, witty, educational, enriching – Chineasy™ provides a winning way to approach Chinese language and culture

This title is also available as an eBook for iBooks, Kindle, and Kobo

'Chineasy' is a ‘Life-Enhancer of the Year’ – Wallpaper* Design Awards

‘… may revolutionize the teaching of Chinese around the world … In 25 minutes ShaoLan’s method had done more for me than had two weeks of headaches clutching Collins’s 'Easy Learning Chinese Characters’ – The Sunday Times
‘Brilliantly simple … It is truly a very accessible system – also for kids – and I am already getting the hang of it. Don’t miss out on this. Get the book, put it on your night stand and read a few pages every evening. It will give you access to a whole new world’ –
‘Easy peasy it’s Chineasy! … Not only does it look fantastic, thanks to the illustrations by Noma Bar, but it really works too!’ – Independent School Parent

See more press reviews of Chineasy

Learning Chinese is notoriously difficult and has long put off even the most linguistically savvy Westerners ... until now. Breaking down the Great Wall of language, ShaoLan has unpicked Chinese characters and created a simple system for quickly understanding the basic building blocks of the written language. Working with renowned illustrator Noma Bar, she has developed a unique set of engaging illustrations that offer a glimpse into the wonders of the Chinese language and culture.

See Shaolan talking about Chineasy


The book introduces the key characters on which the language is built – and reveals how they can be combined to form a wealth of complex words and phrases. In fewer than 200 pages, readers of all ages will have made the first steps towards a genuine appreciation of Chinese, loving every new character they learn.


Find out more at and join the Chineasy Facebook group.

ShaoLan is a member of the boards of the Saïd Business School, Oxford University, Asia House and the New School Network. Noma Bar’s work has appeared in Time Out, The Observer, The Economist and Wallpaper*.

This title is also available as an eBook for iBooks, Kindle, Kobo and NOOK

Chineasy has been selected by the iBooks Editorial team for '10 Books You Must Read This Spring' which celebrates 10 most dazzling and entertaining new books recommended to Apple's customers