The Kuaile Hanyu Multimedia CD-ROM set introduces beginning Chinese through lively animation, videos that depict real-life situations, and fun and motivating games. It is designed for middle-school students learning Chinese as a foreign language from the beginner level.
The multimedia program uses a spiral approach that reinforces and builds upon materials from previous lessons, and emphasizes speaking and comprehension. The situational video follows the experience of two foreign students during their stay with their host families in Beijing, as they make new friends, conduct daily activities and learn about cultural similarities and differences. Each video segment presents the vocabulary and structures from each lesson in context; it is a great way for students to gain practical knowledge of the Chinese language and culture. A variety of carefully developed game types incorporating vivid graphics, dynamic animation and sound effects makes language learning a positive and exciting experience.