The “Cool” in has two layers of meaning。Firstly, it rhymes with the Chinese word “warehouse (cāng kù)”. Chinese idioms forms an important essence of the Chinese language of which one’s mastery of the language can be assessed based on the depth of understanding and usage. Hence, a child benefits greatly if a large amount of Chinese idioms is stored in his memory. The whole set of materials in compiles a total of 1,064 frequently used Chinese Idioms. This can definitely equip a child adequately for a lifetime of learning Chinese.
Secondly, the program aims to inspire the child with lots of positivity and enthusiasm towards learning Chinese and let the child feels that it is really cool to learn Chinese and cool to learn Chinese idioms. In addition, it is also cool to be able to speak, write and apply Chinese in daily use well. has made learning Chinese easier, happier and simpler!
There are many methods of teaching Chinese literacy in the market. However, most results only in students being able to recognize and read the words but not necessarily help the child to be able to apply. Hence, after a while, the child may tend to forget what has been learnt. The reason that uses Chinese idioms as the basic ingredients is because besides helping a child to recognize and read words in a highly efficient manner, it also helps the child to apply what has been learnt because every Chinese idiom has a meaning to it. And due to the four-word nature of every Chinese idiom, it enables easy memorization and recitation when compiled into a rhythmic passage. Hence, students are able to remember large amounts of meaningful Chinese idioms.
Great amount of effort is put into choosing the Chinese idioms that go into . There are about 3500 commonly used words in the Chinese language. These include highly frequently used words, common words and non-common words. For the beginner in learning Chinese, mastering the highly frequently used words is of most importance. Hence, in the and , most of the idioms are made up of highly frequently used words. These idioms are then arranged in a rhythmic pattern which connects in a pair, and four pairs and then eight pairs. In this way, students can easily digest and recite tens of idioms, even hundreds of them in a single breath effortlessly.
For , the focus is to first include the Chinese idioms that are stipulated for compulsory learning by the Singapore’s Ministry of Education for primary students (60) and O’level students (250), followed by 2500 commonly used Chinese words and then other commonly used Chinese idioms to make up the 800 Chinese idioms in the program.
can be considered a classic piece of work , designed to enhance the learning effectiveness by incorporating the essence of four-words Chinese idioms. It is also a comprehensive and complete set of materials covering word recognition, the learning of Chinese idioms, sentence formation, reading and comprehension and essay writing.