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We’re Small But We’re Quick!

This is a 30 second read.  On this Small Business Saturday of 2015 I wanted to take a minute to remind our customers that we’re a “mom & pop shop”.  We have no board of directors, just a guy with entrepreneurial spirit who bounces ideas off his wife, kids and friends.  We don’t even have an office building yet, just a makeshift work space in the basement of our home.  We’re just a couple hard-working people who love what we do and have a passion for helping others like us succeed.  We want to help you tell your story about learning Chinese.  We want to provide people with unique tools for learning Chinese.  We’re 100% self-made and self-funded.  We’re so thankful for everyone who has bought our MandarinMagnets™ and and provided words of encouragement along the way.  Today we ask you to support the little guy and shop small.  And keep dreaming in Chinese!

Sorting Chinese Word Magnets in the basement

Sorting Chinese Word Magnets in the basement

 

Check out Leap66 Chinese Word Magnets!  We developed them ourselves and they are made in the USA.

We’re Small But We’re Quick!

This is a 30 second read.  On this Small Business Saturday of 2015 I wanted to take a minute to remind our customers that we’re a “mom & pop shop”.  We have no board of directors, just a guy with entrepreneurial spirit who bounces ideas off his wife, kids and friends.  We don’t even have […]

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Traditional Chinese Medicine: Q&A With Marc Wasserman

You’ve probably heard tales of westerners traveling to Asia to study the use of herbs, acupuncture or qigong.  Studying these traditional arts is an extremely worthwhile endeavor, even for the casual student or hobbyist.  However, Dr. Marc Wasserman is the real deal by all accounts.  He forewent the conventional path to a western medical degree […]

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American Expat in Shanghai: Q&A With Erik Barnes

This interview marks the beginning of the Leap66 Q&A series.  If you’re interested in interviewing with us you can find out more in our post China Specialists: A Call for Interviewees.  My old classmate Erik Barnes, whom I met in Taiwan, currently lives in Shanghai.  He’s been there for about 12 years and has gained a […]

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Chinese Word Magnets list (free PDF download)

Some of our awesome customers (they’re all awesome) have requested a downloadable list of all the characters in our MandarinMagnets™ Chinese Word Magnets set.  People who use the magnets come from all backgrounds and levels of proficiency in Chinese and they’ve asked for a list which includes the character (simplified & traditional), the pinyin romanization of […]

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China Specialists: A Call for Interviewees

Do you have a story to tell about your experiences with Chinese language, China area studies, business or travel?  We’d like to interview you for our blog!  Contact us at [nihao AT leap66 DOT com].  Just submit your topic preference in any area related to Chinese-speaking Asia.  We’ll email you a list of questions to […]

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MandarinMagnets™ Chinese Word Magnets FAQ

Now that our Chinese word magnets have been available on Amazon for a few weeks we’ve been happily fielding questions about them from our customers and folks who are just interested in learning more.  As much as we love interacting with you all we’ve decided to create an FAQ page here.  Please contact us through […]

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Now Available On Amazon.com – MandarinMagnets™

You’ll be excited to know that our Mom & Pop business is now one step closer to world domination with the release of our first product: MandarinMagnets™!  Although our own web store is not yet open we do have our Chinese word magnets listed on Amazon.com.  You can view the awesomeness by clicking here: When it […]

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Leap66 Chinese Word Magnets

So aside from our occasional posts on Twitter and Facebook we haven’t been super active online.  Sorry to be so out of touch!  Well rest assured that we’ve been quite busy obsessing over the development of our first product, MandarinMagnets®.  These are Chinese word magnet tiles that you can stick to your refrigerator and creatively make sentences. […]

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A Simple Chinese Family Tree Guide (Free Download)

My 3rd grade son was having trouble memorizing the Chinese titles of his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins on both sides of the family.  Not only did he need to know this for his upcoming test in Chinese school but he tends to switch to English when talking about family because it can be so confusing […]

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The Leap66 Story Part 4: Gonna Have To Change That Name

You might have noticed that we’ve recently changed our name from Woot66 to Leap66.  From the beginning I thought Woot66 was a great name for our little business.  It was a little goofy and mildly clever.  Just what I wanted.  But there was one little concern, there happens to be another business called “Woot!” (as […]

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