Here's our philosophy at 3000 Hànzì:
Learning needs to be flexible. The path to reading news in Chinese is not a straight line. Some people will come to 3000 Hanzi not recognizing a single character ( 一字不识); others will have studied Chinese for a while. A cookie cutter approach just won't work. We'd rather help learners incorporate their content into our site where they can take advantage of our tools instead of ignoring all the materials they encounter . And sometimes you'll learn things that aren't in the course. 3000 Hanzi will help you no matter your level or materials.
Learning needs to be personal. If you're not learning what you want to learn, you're not going to learn effectively. We encourage you to go out and find readings, tweets and blogs on subjects that interest you. If you can't find any, we'll do our best to help you find some. If you're learning what you like, you'll learn better. 3000 Hanzi's goal is to help you learn more about the subjects your interested in.
Learning needs to be realistic: I work hard as the next person, but I'm not a machine. Every once in a while I need a break. We won't punish you for taking a day off, and we won't expect you to study 200 words a day for 200 days in a row. If you're committed to the goal of reading Chinese newspapers (link to first post), we will work hard to keep you interested and motivated and directed towards that goal.
Buzzwords and hype should be left at the door. This is a big pet-peeve of mine. Every where I look I see ads saying "Learn Chinese! It's Easy", or "Learn 2280 characters in 90 days". 3000 Hanzi's not like that. We won't lie to you. Chinese isn't easy. It takes time and effort, but anyone can learn to read the news. You'll never hear us say we have the perfect method (because there isn't a single perfect method).