Chineasy : The New Way to Read Chinese

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Learning Chinese is notoriously difficult and has long put off the most linguistically savvy Westerners ...until now. Breaking down the Great Wall of language, ShaoLan Hsueh has unpicked Chinese characters and created a simple system for quickly understanding the basic building blocks of the written language. Working with renowned illustrator Noma Bar, she has developed a unique set of illustrations that are engaging and delightful, and offer a glimpse into the wonder of the Chinese language and culture. The books main section introduces the radicals the key characters on which the language is built and reveals how they can be combined to form a wealth of more complex words and phrases. In fewer than 200 pages, readers of all ages will have made the first steps towards a genuine appreciation of Chinese, loving every new character they learn.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 184 x 246 x 25mm | 660g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English, Chinese
  • Illustrated in colour throughout
  • 0500650284
  • 9780500650288
  • 76,342

Table of contents

Introduction * 1. Characters and constructions: the Calligrapher's Daughter; Why Chineasy?; How to use the Book; Writing, Spacing, Speaking 101 * 2. The Basics: Building Blocks, Compounds, Phrases; Advanced Sentences * 3. Story - Peter and the Wolf
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Review quote

'Easy peasy it's Chineasy (TM)! ... Not only does it look fantastic, thanks to the illustrations by Noma Bar, but it really works too!' - Independent School Parent 'Brilliantly simple ... It is truly a very accessible system - also for kids - and I am already getting the hang of it. Don't miss out on this. Get the book, put it on your night stand and read a few pages every evening. It will give you access to a whole new world' - 'May revolutionize the teaching of Chinese around the world ... In 25 minutes ShaoLan's method had done more for me than had two weeks of headaches clutching Collins's 'Easy Learning Chinese Characters' - Sunday Times 'Chineasy (TM)' is a `Life-Enhancer of the Year' - Wallpaper* Design Awards
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About ShaoLan Hsueh

ShaoLan is a member of the boards of the Saïd Business School, Oxford University, Asia House and the New School Network. Noma Bar’s work has appeared in Time Out, The Observer, The Economist and Wallpaper*.
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425 ratings
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5 41% (174)
4 35% (148)
3 19% (82)
2 4% (18)
1 1% (3)
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