AIEEYAAA! Learn Chinese the Hard Way: The English-Chinese Cartoon Dictionary

AIEEYAAA! Learn Chinese the Hard Way: The English-Chinese Cartoon Dictionary

by Larry Feign

Paperback(3rd ed.)

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Don't be fooled by books which promise you that learning Chinese is "easy", "easier", "simple", or "instant". Learning Chinese is a pain in the pìgu!

AIEEYAAA! is the first book since China invented paper which offers Chinese language learners some well-deserved laughs amidst the suffering.

Featuring 150 topical cartoons about life, love and culture clash in China, this hilarious satirical dictionary sends up many of the ironies, delights, and cultural and linguistic mix-ups that are immediately recognizable to anyone who has spent any time at all in the Middle Kingdom.

It’s simply like no other Chinese dictionary on the planet:

  • Mandarin and Cantonese translations for every word.
  • Traditional and Simplified Chinese characters.
  • Cartoon scenarios to make sure you never forget a word.
  • Extended introduction which dares to tell the truth about the trials and tribulations of learning Chinese.
  • Humorous tips about cross-cultural miscommunication.

And much more!

Over 100,000 copies sold since first release, this new 2018 edition offers something for everyone when it comes to learning Chinese, whether you’re a seasoned Asia hand or traveling to China for the first time.

Don’t despair about learning Chinese. Just say AIEEYAAA!

"Anyone who has spent time in East Asia should enjoy AIEEYAAA! Learn Chinese the Hard Way. His good-natured yet revealing humour makes for a fun read and some coincidental pain-free language acquisition." -The East Asia Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789627866206
Publisher: Top Floor Books
Publication date: 12/15/2017
Edition description: 3rd ed.
Pages: 162
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.35(d)

About the Author

Larry Feign is an award-winning writer and artist whose work has appeared in Time, The Economist, Fortune, the New York Times, and other publications. He has directed animated cartoons for Cartoon Network and Disney Television.

His satirical books have been consistent bestsellers in his home base of Hong Kong, while his 'Lily Wong' comic strip was considered a bellwether of life and politics in the territory. His satirical commentary about the Hong Kong handover was Time Magazine's first-ever full-page cartoon essay.

He earned his MFA in Writing from Pacific University, and received a MacDowell Fellowship from America's oldest artist colony. He is currently working on several books, including both humor and historical fiction.

Larry lives on Lantau Island in Hong Kong with his wife, three dogs, and the occasional uninvited python. His mother still wishes he were a doctor.

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