Clavis Sinica

The Best Place to Learn Chinese Language Faster

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We provide high-quality Chinese Language learning for all the world.

Clavis Sinica (The Chinese Key) is a world leader in Mandarin learning, the pioneer of teaching and learning methods which enable people to achieve their career and life goals studying at times and in places to suit them.

Clavis Sinica Online Education is a new style academy in this world, anyone can study related programs here with very few money need to pay.

To address ever-growing demands, Clavis Sinica further expanded to include a College of China study and a College of Chinese Arts later.

People cannot read Chinese characters because they do not know how to do the analysis. If they know how to decompose a character into several parts, not only can they realize that even merely the extra addition or omission of a dot or stroke to the character is incorrect but also it becomes easy for them to memorize the characters and difficult for them to forget.


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Clavis Sinica is an organization devoted to providing universal access to quality-Chinese Language education to qualified students.

Our vision is grounded in the belief that universal access to education is a key ingredient in the promotion of world peace and global economic development.



Clavis Sinica is based on the belief that education at a minimal cost is a basic right for all suitable applicants, not just for a privileged few. We open the gates of higher education to qualified students anywhere in the world by offering its programs through distance learning and by making this opportunity affordable.


Clavis Sinica creates an inclusive community by making its academic programs, educational services, and employment opportunities available to all qualified individuals from all over the world, and by providing learning opportunities that engage students and faculty from diverse backgrounds.


Clavis Sinica grounds its institutional culture grounded in candor, transparency and best professional practices, and expects all students, faculty, staff, and administrators to uphold the highest standards of personal integrity, honesty and responsibility. Additionally, Clavis Sinica expects its students to take responsibility of their education, and to pursue their studies diligently and with seriousness of purpose.


Clavis Sinica provides a high-quality online academic experience, suitable in its scope and depth to the challenges of the changing world. Clavis Sinica assesses and evaluates all aspects of its academic model on an ongoing basis.

At the end of August 1552, Jesuit missionary Xavier reached ShangChuan Island, GuangDong, China. It marked the beginning of the cultural exchange between China and Europe.


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In the next two centuries, more than 100 European missionaries entered China. For successful missionary work, they followed their pledge of poverty, chastity and obedience, took the strategies which accord with Chinese psychology, such as "making up for Confucianism”, “bending with Confucianism",exert all their strength and wisdom, hope to bring China into the territory of God. But they encountered an almost insurmountable obstacle, Chinese Characters and Chinese Language. They spend 2 or 3 hours on Chinese learning every day, even that, they need spend 10-15 years to speak Chinese skillfully.


In this case, While Joachim Bouvet, Jean Francoise Foucquet, Joseph Henri Marie de Prémare were preaching Catholicism in China, A group of Sinologists in Europe launched the Chinese Key project,started looking for keys to master Chinese quickly.

In February 1674, Andreas Muller announced that he had found Clavis Sinica. On November 1697, Christian Mentzel told Leibniz that he found a better Clavis Sinica, Regretfully, Although they all claimed to have found Clavis Sinica,none of them had published books. Their research aroused Leibniz’s great interest.


Leibniz put forward 14 questions about Chinese learning, including three main problems:

(1) Are there any primitive components in Chinese characters? If yes, how many of them?

(2) Are there any structural rules in Chinese characters? If yes, how many of them?

(3) What are the word formation methods of Chinese characters?

For the next 350 years, no one answered Leibniz's question.


The Clavis Sinica learning system is designed to assist current learners of Chinese to have a smoother study experience and act as an introductory lesson for prospective students. As a prerequisite, users need to have a basic understanding of Chinese characters’ composition and structures for a thorough comprehension. This method is different from the existing approaches. It helps broaden learners’ vocabulary beyond their textbooks.

Welcome to Clavis Sinica online education, the world’s first online academy dedicated to the advancement of global Chinese language education. Clavis Sinica opens the virtual gates of higher education to anyone in the world on a quest for knowledge, transforming access to collegiate level studies from a privilege for the few to a right for all.

Drawing on the principles of e-Learning and social networking, coupled with open-source technology and courseware, Clavis Sinica embraces a unique educational model that is high-quality, low-cost and global.

A vessel for universal higher language education, Clavis Sinica has the enormous potential to function as a global stimulus package, reaching even the most remote places on earth. Our ultimate mission is to democratize higher education and, if the past few months are any indication, this is not merely a pipedream.

Clavis Sinica has received an outpouring of support- from prospective students, academics, organizations and the media alike- and we eagerly look forward to what lies ahead.

Thank you for your continued support.

Warm regards,

John Chu

Founder & President

Timothy Law Snyder

John Chu, the president of Clavis Sinica Academy

Fundamental Stokes and high-frequency phonetic element, learn 108 Chinese Characters;

High-ability semantic elements,master 1050 Chinese Characters;

High-ability basic Chinese characters,master 910 Chinese Characters;

high-frequency Chinese characters, master 600 Chinese Characters;

You can learn a lot more than Chinese language, including Chinese culture, Chinese literature, Chinese history, Chinese geography and more.

We have produced over 16000 bilingual videos,including Chinese characters, poetry and prose, four books and five classics, and so on, You can learn Chinese more conveniently, and understand China faster.

Mr. Chu is a Economics and a Doctor of Fine Arts. His second doctoral dissertation successfully answered Leibniz’s 14 questions about Chinese learning. He was named one of the six characters of the impact on China's education in 2015.

Initially, Clavis Sinica is based on structuralism. For children to learn Chinese characters, the part-whole and part-part relations is essential.

Take what happens to children when they encounter an unknown character 椰 in the context of 椰子[coconut][je4zi2] as an example. It is the possible relation between the character and its linguistic context. That is to say, one can make inferences about the unknown character 椰 from the linguistic context in which it occurs, i.e., 椰子. The 子 here is in Chinese linguistics called 名詞後綴, which means the character at the end of a word that indicates that the word is a noun. For example, 鴨子[duck], 椅子[seat] and 筷子[chopsticks] all refer to a “thing,” not an action nor an event, and probably so does the meaning of 椰子. This is the linguistic context that is useful for guessing the meaning of unknown characters in reading. It is external to the character.

  There are other aspects that are internal to the character itself that provides the clue to the meaning and the sound of the character. In English, for example, the prefixes and suffixes provide clues to the meanings of the words. For example, the suffix “-er” in “farmer” signifies that a farmer is a person who works in a farm. Similarly, in Chinese, there are components which serve the same function but in very different ways.

  Part-whole relation.

As mentioned before, most Chinese characters are made up of a semantic component and a phonetic component, which contribute to respectively the meaning and the sound of the character. These are the two types (semantic and phonetic) of part-whole relation between the components and the characters. In our example, if children’s attention is drawn to the presence of the component 木[tree] in the character 椰, they will probably be able to guess that 椰子 refers to something associated with a tree (i.e., 木). More generally, certain components in a character can provide the clue to the semantic field to which the whole character belongs. For example, having the same 木, the characters 林[forest], 桃[peach], 枝[branch] and 橙[orange] are all in the same semantic field of 木[tree]. An awareness of the semantic part-whole relation between the component and the character is a critical aspect of orthographic awareness.

Another type of part-whole relation is of a phonetic kind. If children focus their attention on the other part (i.e., 耶) of the character, the children may speculate that the sound of the character 椰 should be close to that of the characters 爺[grandfather][je4], 耶 (as in 耶穌[Jesus][je4sou1]) and 揶 (as in 揶揄[to tease][je4jyu4]) because of the presence of the common phonetic component 耶. In light of the speculated sound[je4zi2], the children, who probably have heard of this sound in everyday speech, is likely to associate the character with 椰子 which means[coconut]. In other words, the phonetic part-whole relation is another critical aspect of orthographic awareness that will help children to determine the sound of the character and in some cases to deduce meaning of the character via the sound.

The Clavis Sinica learning system is designed to assist current learners of Chinese to have a smoother study experience and act as an introductory lesson for prospective students. As a prerequisite, users need to have a basic understanding of Chinese characters’ composition and structures for a thorough comprehension. This method is different from the existing approaches. It helps broaden learners’ vocabulary beyond their textbooks.

Clavis Sinica delivers several advantages. First, by identifying the component, the student can quickly look-up an unfamiliar character in any Chinese dictionary. The component serves an indexing role in traditional Chinese dictionaries, like the use of the first letter of a word in an alphabetized English dictionary. The second benefit of training the student to identify the component within each character is to stress the semantic qualities of the component. Building a familiarity with these rational roots, which hint to the meaning of a character, can build a better understanding of what is being read whether the reader is familiar with all characters in a passage or not. If one is instantly able to subconsciously processes this semantic hint, it may also increase the reading speed in addition to strengthening reading comprehension. This should give the second language learner a more native approach to reading Chinese. Studies have suggested that those with strong reading skills process text not by the sounds of each individual word, but by the context of the words within a sentence.

Chinese characters are more than just symbols; it is the epitome of Chinese nation's philosophy and thinking mode. Now we can respond to Leibniz's questions.

First, according to our research, there are 218 components in Chinese characters, they make up thousands of Chinese characters, and each component has etymological meaning. Secondly, with Single-element characters, there are only thirteen basic structures in Chinese characters. Finally, Xu Shen's "Six categories" is too puzzling to understand. We simplified the Chinese character formation method into "pictographic three categories ":

Intact pictographs (including pictographs and ideographs), Fragment pictographs (indicative), and Partial pictographs (including Signific-phonetic, Mutually Defining Characters and Phonetic Loan Characters), which can show Chinese character formation methods more clearly. The key to Chinese makes the complex Chinese character system clear and coherent.

The fact that learners start with textbooks that teach conversations and correlated characters may help them increase the ability of to converse in Chinese, but the characters they learn from the conversations are not easy to remember. For example, in one textbook, there is a class about saying hello to the person you just met. The Chinese characters are unbelievably hard for starters to memorize. On the other hand, if you pick out one character you just learned today, then go to the products created by component, you will see more

component-shared characters that are highly related to the one you learned. So, you come to the products with one character, and after an incredibly short amount of time, you know over ten related characters.

According to Clavis Sinica's, Zero-based foreigners can master 2600 Chinese Characters and reach intermediate level in two years’ time.