The New Way to Read Chinese
This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
'May revolutionize the teaching of Chinese around the world' - The Sunday Times. Learning Chinese has always been difficult ... until now. Breaking down the Great Wall of language, ShaoLan has unpicked Chinese characters and created a simple and beautifully illustrated system for quickly understanding the basic building blocks of the written language. Working with illustrator Noma Bar and organized in an easy-to-grasp sequence, these engaging and delightful images offer a glimpse into the wonder of the Chinese language and rich culture. After a brief introduction to the nature of Chinese characters, strokes and pronunciation, the book's main section introduces the key and most frequently occurring characters on which the language is built, revealing how they can be combined to form a wealth of complex words and phrases. Optimized for viewing in iOS, the book will entertain and enrich readers of all ages and set the first steps towards a genuine appreciation of Chinese. -- Wallpaper* Magazine's 2014 Design Award for Life Enhancer of the Year -- Nominated for Best Design of the Year by London's Design Museum.
I've been waiting for this book to come out ever since I saw the Author's TED talk.
The way the symbols are depicted and explained make it so easy to understand and learn that I've been passing the knowledge on to friends and family.
It's a beautifully illustrated book that makes Chinese (a language I thought rather impenetrable for a Westerner) so easy to get a grasp on and really exposes it's beauty.
Good, but not for those learning simplified Chinese characters
I wish the description on the iBook store had warned me that this book focuses on traditional Chinese characters, i.e. those used in Hong Kong and Taiwan, but not mainland China.
It makes it really rather redundant to me, which is a great shame because it is very well put together.
I have been following the Chineasy concept for only a few months on © facebook and this method makes it so easy to instantly recall the characters. Traditional and simplified characters are explained where they differ and the illustrations are beautifully designed. And ShaoLan is an inspiring laoshi (teacher) but also in touch with her western audience who like me, used to think Chinese was impossible. It's not!
And with the Chineasy approach it is a great leg up to start to not only understand the language but also the culture. Recommended.