We’ve been a bit quiet recently, but not without reason.
Two weeks ago we met with a film crew (Halide) in Taipei to film our promo video for the upcoming Kickstarter. They did a great job with it and we’re really looking forward to seeing the final result.
In a little over a week, the three of us are going to the US for a business meeting and to visit a few universities. We’ll be presenting our research and a demo of the dictionary to a potential distributor, several leading Sinologists, as well as a student forum or two.
Speaking of the demo, it’s coming along beautifully and we can’t wait to show you. We’re hoping to be able to show it to the public by February.
We’re also working on a poster containing the 100 most common meaning components. There are several important differences between our poster and other posters already on the market:
1. Focuses on functional components rather than radicals.
2. Will have a simple outline of each component’s development over time and a few example characters for each.
3. Will feature beautifully handwritten characters rather than computer fonts.
We’re working on a mockup of the poster, and we’ll post it here once we’re able to so you can get an idea of what the final product will look like. Hopefully, the poster will be released in time for Chinese New Year.
We’re also planning on releasing a textbook which explains each of the 100 meaning components, as well as the 100 most common sound components, in more detail and a workbook containing exercises designed to teach how characters work on a systemic level. We’re also considering doing a video course, if there’s enough demand for it, covering the same material, but that will obviously take longer to finish. These will all be featured as perks in our Kickstarter (and will also be available for purchase separately, of course) at various levels of donation, so make sure to sign up for our mailing list to get notified if you haven’t yet.
And finally, the Kickstarter will happen in March. This is how we’re hoping to fund the remainder of the research for the dictionary, so we need your support. Please share our website with everyone you know who might be interested: teachers, classmates, friends, colleagues, anyone who studies Chinese or thinks we need a better way to teach and learn characters. Send them to our mailing list signup page too, so they can be notified when the Kickstarter launches.
And that’s all for now! Thanks for your support at this early stage in the game. It really means a lot to us!