Chineasy: The New Way to Read Chinese

Chineasy: The New Way to Read Chinese

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by ShaoLan Hsueh
     
 

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Learn to read and write Chinese with Chineasy—a groundbreaking approach that transforms key Chinese characters into pictograms for easy recall and comprehension.

Chinese is one of the oldest written languages, and one of the most difficult to master, especially for Westerners. With Chineasy, learning and reading Chinese has never been

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Learn to read and write Chinese with Chineasy—a groundbreaking approach that transforms key Chinese characters into pictograms for easy recall and comprehension.

Chinese is one of the oldest written languages, and one of the most difficult to master, especially for Westerners. With Chineasy, learning and reading Chinese has never been simpler or more fun. Breaking down the Great Wall of Language, iShaoLan Hsueh draws on her entrepreneurial and cultural background to create a simple system for quickly understanding the basic building blocks of written Chinese. Working with renowned illustrator Noma Bar, she transforms Chinese characters into charming pictograms that are easy to remember.

In Chineasy, she teaches the key characters, called radicals, that are the language’s foundation, and then shows how they can be combined to form new words and even phrases. Once you’ve mastered these key characters, you can practice your skills with three stories—a fairy tale, an Asian legend, and a contemporary fable—told using the radicals.

With Chineasy, readers of all ages will be able to navigate a Chinese menu, read signs and billboards, and grasp the meaning of most articles in a Chinese newspaper. 

Editorial Reviews

NPR's "Code Switch" Blog
“These cute images make reading Chinese characters ‘Chineasy.’”
San Francisco Chronicle Blog
“In her delightful book...Hsueh offers an inspired approach to learning more than 400 Chinese characters.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062332097
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/11/2014
Edition description:
Bilingual
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
134,724
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.90(d)

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Chineasy: The New Way to Read Chinese 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is very cool, but I want to let people know that these are traditional Chinese characters. Mainland Chinese use simplified characters. I bought this for my wife--she's a Chinese national and she teaches Mandarin Chinese.  I had to return it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Visually nice book that does not teach you any Chinese. Offers nothing new. I cannot understand the hype about this book. I studied Chinese at a university and I can tell you there are many better books for learning Chinese characters than this. Don't buy it unless you like the visual side of it. It is not suitable for learning Chinese
AntonioD More than 1 year ago
Creative and humorous writing helps memorize the Chinese characters so much easier!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the easiest and most fundamental Chinese reading tools every to have been developed. 5 Stars all the way!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful and artistically pleasing book. Not the greatest tool for learning to read Chinese, but good for familiarizing oneself with some basic important characters in a fun and engaging way. Would be good for teaching children. The explanations of character origin and use are simple yet thorough, and often include the simplified version of the character. Very recommended!