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.

Check his website at

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AIEEYAAA! Learn Chinese the Hard Way: The English-Chinese Cartoon Dictionary 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Traveling to China? Want to learn some Chinese words? AIEEYAAA! Learn Chinese The Hard Way: The English-Chinese Cartoon Dictionary by Larry Feign is not the usual Chinese dictionary, but is more fun and comical and will teach readers how to converse in Chinese. Learning Chinese is not easy and if you have seen countless textbooks, audio/video lessons, and websites claiming it is easy, then you are in for a disappointment. This satirical dictionary pulls readers in with its topical cartoons about life in China, and is a collection of linguistic snapshots of China and Hong Kong. The book has Mandarin and Cantonese translations for every word, traditional and simplified Chinese characters, cartoon scenarios that will help readers remember every word, humorous tips about cross-cultural miscommunication, and an extended introduction which tells the truth about the trials and tribulations of learning Chinese. I found the book engaging and interesting and the author’s approach to the subject is commendable. The author makes learning Chinese fun with the illustrations that will put a smile on the faces of readers. It is an excellent buy for all those looking to learn Chinese or teach Chinese to children and adults. It is a book that anyone who is trying to learn Chinese would enjoy because of the way it is presented. It is not a book that will make readers bored. Instead, with all the comical illustrations and humor, it will help readers understand the cultural context of the words in a smart way. It is definitely an excellent book for Chinese language learners.
PLensey More than 1 year ago
A very fun read. Not really a dictionary, but rather an exploration of the more humorous aspects of understanding another culture. I'd list this as a must-read for any student of Chinese who wants a good laugh.