"Han Yu Tong" Chinese-learning machine, the first Chinese-learning tool developed in China for foreigners to learn Chinese easier, received close attention from experts attending the World Chinese Conference.
Following China's rapid economic development and the success of the 2008 Olympic Games, surges in Chinese learning have been seen in many countries around the world. According to statistics, Chinese learning has started in more than 100 countries and more than 300 Confucius Institutes have been set up in over 70 countries and regions. The number of Chinese-language learners in the world exceeds 40 million. However, the fact that the Chinese language is difficult to learn and write has been a major obstacle to the spread of the language.
"We have changed conventional teaching methods for learning Chinese, transforming abstract Chinese characters back to visual images using the word-formation principles of Chinese characters. Therefore, foreigners are able to understand the evolution and development of Chinese characters, making the learning process easier." Said Qu Wanbo, inventor of "Han Yu Tong" and chairman of Hong Guang Technologies Company.
In addition, "Han Yu Tong" also matches the 26 English letters on the computer keyboard with the 26 basic roots of Chinese characters, allowing rapid input of Chinese into computers through the association and combination of pronunciations, shapes and meanings of the basic character roots.
Currently, the "Han Yu Tong" Chinese-learning machine is recommended as the preferred Chinese-learning textbook and teaching tool to all students of Confucius Institutes worldwide by the Office of Chinese Language Council International. The product has already been developed into Chinese-English, Chinese-Russian and Chinese-Korean versions. The three versions will be put into mass production and are expected to be on the market in the first half of this year.
By People's Daily Online