What’s new, Chinese Reading and Writing 2.0?

Chinese Reading and Writing 1 Enhanced Edition has been released. A few changes have been made to the pages. Here we are going to explain briefly the differences between an Enhanced Edition of Chinese Reading and Writing 1 and its 2nd Edition (2014). Other Chinese Reading and Writing books will follow. 

Let’s call the enhanced version Chinese Reading and Writing 2.0.

Higher quality paper

When holding a copy of Chinese Reading and Writing 2.0 book, nothing seems to be majorly different from a regular book, except the book 2.0 is printed on higher quality paper. 

Indeed, that’s the beauty of the Chinese Reading and Writing 2.0 book. It looks like a regular book, and it feels like a regular book. You can do all sort of things you do on a regular book, underlining texts, writing notes, folding a dog ear, or doodling on it. 

Therefore, to make sure people know which version of the book they are getting, we designed a new book cover for the 2.0 books.

QR codes

When flipping the pages of a book 2.0, you’ll notice small QR codes are added along the Chinese texts. You won’t find these QR codes in a regular Chinese Reading and Writing book. 

Each QR code is connected to a particular online video lesson. Scan a QR codes and you can start learning immediately. 

These QR codes can be ignored when all the Chinese texts are understood.

A new icon

Apart from the QR codes, you’ll notice this small icon  appears on a few pages in a 2.0 book. This is something a regular Chinese Reading and Writing book does not have either. 

This icon can be read by a Chinese Learning Pen. Touches this icon with your Chinese Learning Pen, you’ll hear some explanatory notes in English. This is the supporting Teacher’s note, explaining an important point in the book.

When you are using the book 2.0 as a regular book, or when you fully understand the Chinese texts, you can ignore these icons completely. They are small and kind of tugged away, it is not difficult to ignore them.  

The real difference is nearly invisible

The real difference between a regular Chinese Reading and Writing book and a book 2.0 is nearly invisible. It’s an extra layer printed on each page. If you look really hard, or use a magnifying glass, you’ll see a massive amount of tiny dots spreading throughout the pages.

This layer of dots is the biggest change and the real difference, and it is something can’t be replicated. This is where the technology comes in and how your Chinese Learning Pen gets activated. These dots are tiny, but enable the Pen to bring out high quality audio output from the pages. This is awesome!

Have fun learning Chinese

With the QR codes added and this super cool technology integrated into the pages, Chinese Reading and Writing 2.0 books are really versatile. They can be used as any regular books, or can come alive when you want them to be. 

Need a particular Chinese lesson on a particular part of texts? Take your smartphone out and scan a QR code.

Need to accelerate your Chinese character recognition process for some particular Chinese texts? Use your Chinese Learning Pen to touch these texts. The native Chinese voicing you hear will also improves your listening skills and Chinese pronunciations.

Moreover, supporting teacher’s notes help clear out issues when you need them, or can be ignored totally when you don’t!


April Zhang
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