What is ChineseCUBES? How is it different from other programs?

ChineseCUBES is a Chinese-learning software that incorporates Augmented Reality (AR) technology and tactile cubes to assist Mandarin language learning. We use character-by-character learning, the learning style used by most native Chinese speakers, to establish a solid Chinese foundation. Augmented Reality enhances the learning experience by combining new technology with Chinese education. Users can not only experiment with different character combinations using tactile cubes, but also see them read, translated and written on screen.

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What is Augmented Reality (AR) and how does it help with Chinese learning?

Augmented Reality (AR) is a type of virtual reality that enhances our perception of real-world objects with virtual content and animations. Using AR, tactile cubes show up on your computer screen as you arrange them in front of the webcam. You can then use our SPEAK, TRANSLATE, and WRITE functions to learn more about the characters and how to use them to form Chinese phrases and sentences. You can read more about AR here.

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Who is ChineseCUBES for?

ChineseCUBES is designed for Chinese learners of all ages. Absolute beginners can get acquainted with the Chinese language through comprehensive lessons and instant feedback. Beginner-intermediate learners can review the characters they've acquired and experiment with different character combinations to discover new phrases and help retain vocabulary.

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What kind of Chinese does ChineseCUBES teach?

ChineseCUBES teaches Mandarin Chinese, in both Traditional and Simplified forms using the Hanyu Pinyin phonetics system.

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What is the benefit of using cubes as a study tool?

Cubes give the student the ability to physically interact with the material that they are learning. The activity of moving characters (cubes) to form new phrases, which our software will recognize, helps to build a concept of Chinese grammar--without having to learn any complex grammar rules.

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How many products does ChineseCUBES offer?

ChineseCUBES currently offers the Starter Pack (40 characters) and Booster Pack (160 characters). We also offer a WebCUBES version with 200 characters and are looking to launch soon, targeted at learning readings for every level.

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What's the difference between the Starter and Booster packs?

The Starter Pack is the basic ChineseCUBES beginner's kit with 40 characters. After you've mastered those 40 characters, you can advance to our Booster Pack, which includes an extra 160 characters in 8 different practical Themes.


The Starter Pack includes:
‧ 40 Chinese Character Cubes
‧ 5 Tutor Cubes
‧ Webcam
‧ Learning Pad
‧ Writing Pad and Pen
‧ Installation Disk
‧ Quickstart Guide

Booster Pack Themes:
‧ Numbers
‧ Dining
‧ Time & Weather
‧ Family Life
‧ Learning
‧ Location
‧ Transportation
‧ Leisure

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How much Chinese will I actually be able to understand?

ChineseCUBES is designed to give you a basic understanding of the Chinese language with 200 characters primarily derived from Level I of the HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) Standard Chinese language proficiency test for non-native speakers. While the average native speaker knows around 3,500 characters through the course of primary to tertiary education, 40 characters alone are able to form over 2,500 unique phrases and sentences, while 200 characters can form over 30,000 combinations, sufficient for basic conversation.

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What is Learning Mode?

Learning Mode is essentially a virtual classroom with tutors that guide you to learn Chinese words, pronunciations, meanings, and strokes to build your Chinese foundation.

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What is Freestyle Mode?

After learning basic words in the Learning Mode, you can go to Freestyle Mode to create your own sentences and experiment with character combinations.


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How do I get a ChineseCUBES account?

Please register for an account at the top right corner of http://www.chinesecubes.com/.

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Technical FAQs

Remember, you can always contact us at support@chinesecubes.com with any questions you might have.

What are the System Requirements for the Starter Pack?

The system requirements for the Starter Pack are:

  • Intel Core Duo or faster processor
  • 2GB of RAM recommended
  • 1GB available hard disk space
  • Screen Resolution of 1024x768 or higher
  • Internet connection

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What are the System Requirements for the Booster Pack?

The system requirements for the Booster Pack are:

  • Intel Core Duo or faster processor
  • 2GB of RAM recommended
  • 3GB available hard disk space
  • Screen Resolution of 1024x768 or higher
  • Internet connection
  • Please note: The Booster Pack requires the ChineseCUBES Starter Pack installed first.

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    Does ChineseCUBES work on a Mac?

    Yes, our program operates on both Windows and Mac systems. The Windows version supports Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP (SP3), while the Mac version supports OS X 10.6 or later.

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    Can I login to the program on more than one computer?

    No. Each ChineseCUBES Starter and Booster Packs has its own serial number. Once you have installed the program onto a computer and activated it with the serial number, you will not be able to use the same serial number for another computer. Please make sure to install the Starter and Booster Packs on your primary computer.

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    Is ChineseCUBES available in other languages?

    Presently, our program is only available in English.

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    Sales and Customer Service

    Remember, you can always contact us at support@chinesecubes.com with any questions you might have.


    I'm interested in trying ChineseCUBES at my school How can I go about that?

    We're always happy to assist teachers and school administors to run a pilot test of ChineseCUBES in their school. If you're interested and would like more information, please contact us at educators@chinesecubes.com and we will assist you.

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    How much does the program cost?

    Please refer to the official prices for each set on our website.

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    Where can I buy ChineseCUBES?

    ChineseCUBES is now available for online purchase at our online store and through Amazon.com.

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    How do I pay for ChineseCUBES?

    You can use any of the three methods available on our website: Paypal, credit card or mail-in cheque.

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    I lost one or more of the Cubes. Can I get them replaced?

    Please contact us at support@chinesecubes.com and we'll help you replace the missing Cubes.

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    Where can I get a copy of the User Manual?

    You can download the User Manual here. (PDF format requires the free Adobe Reader, which you can get here.)

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