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Why Confucius wanted you to learn by doing

Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three.

Confucius, quoted by Jesse Schell in his Game Design bible, The Art of Game Design: A book of lenses.

Confucius invented school in China, so he knows

Jesse Schell goes on to explain why this quote makes extremely sense: “What is Confucius talking about? Shouldn’t a good teacher show you all four corners, laying everything out plainly? No. To truly  learn, remember and understand, your mind must be in a state of questing, of seeking to find knowledge. If it is not in this state, a state of really wanting to deeply understand, the wisest principles will roll off you like water off a duck.”

We couldn’t agree more. Learning by doing is truly the best way to approach learning. Whatever you’re learning. And especially if you’re learning Chinese. In fact, in our opinion, it should be the only way to learn.

With Ninchanese, we’ll help you find all four corners, one corner at a time, as quickly or as slowly as you need to… Characters, pinyin, tones and meaning, you’ll cover them all. Too bad Confucius didn’t live in a world where mobile and web applications helped teachers teach and students actively learn!

More on this soon!

The Nincha Team

Ninchanese is a great new app where you’ll have fun learning Chinese. We’re still working on it, so sign up to be invited to the beta when we launch! And stay in touch with us on FacebookTwitterGoogle + and Weibo

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