Chineasy: The New Way to Read Chinese

Chineasy: The New Way to Read Chinese Shaolan Hsueh Noma Bar
  • Title: Chineasy: The New Way to Read Chinese
  • Author: Shaolan Hsueh Noma Bar
  • ISBN: 9780062332097
  • Page: 108
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Chineasy: The New Way to Read Chinese Shaolan Hsueh Noma Bar Chineasy The New Way to Read Chinese 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 la
    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 fun Breaking down theLearn 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 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.
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    1. Chineasy is not, by any means, a book for learning Chinese, as most of its critics judging from the negative reviews here and elsewhere seem to believe This fundamental misunderstanding of the purpose and function of this book can be blamed squarely on the author and publishers for promoting it as such in TED talks, etc , taking a charming little concept and hyping it up well out of proportion.What this is, first and foremost, is an art book, something you can admire not just for the beautiful i [...]

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    2. Chineasy is a book full of Chinese characters and illustrations designed to make learning to read Chinese characters fun and easy Each character is incorporated into a drawing to help illustrate the meaning Initially, I had fun trying to understand the characters and the meanings It felt like solving a puzzle However, the novelty wore off quickly I did find it interesting that even though I did learn a number of Chinese characters, I still have no idea how to say any of the words I read this boo [...]

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    3. This is such a fun way to approach Chinese writing in an original and creative way The author presents the most commonly occurring characters as visual building blocks and then shows how they evolve into phrases when placed next to other characters The illustrations are gorgeous and a book for everyone really who is interested in learning some rudimentary Chinese

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    4. Hmmmm I was intrigued by a short video I saw on the WSJournal site, but this method is less useful than I thought it would be Do I really think I ll need the characters for mermaid or morality Plus, many of the mnemonic devices she suggests are cumbersome Finally, I m not sold on the concept that learning big groups of words that have the same root characters is really helpful for those who want to get by in China I probably should have spent the 15 on apps that read characters or translated Gra [...]

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    5. Makes me fall in love again with the beauty of Sinosphere cultures.

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    6. As someone who has just moved to China, I think Chineasy is brilliant It s not about learning to read Chinese for me I think I will try to walk before I can run but about understanding what it s about I find it gives me a great insight into the culture and helps me to get to know the people I work with by being interested in their way of living At the same time, it is helping me to recognise some basic characters which is pretty handy A beautiful, fun and insightful book.

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    7. Chineasy, un libro un perch Valore artistico 5 stelle, Valore didattico scarso.Il libro viene infatti venduto come strumento didattico visto anche il potere culturale ed economico della Cina.Peccato che l autrice sia di Taiwan ed utilizzi i caratteri tradizionali e non quelli semplificati della Repubblica Popolare Cinese Taiwan 23 milioni di abitanti, Repubblica Popolare Cinese 1.350 miliardi Passiamo dalle cifre alle opinioni personali, a me pi che uno strumento didattico sembrato un divertisse [...]

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    8. Chineasy is a beautiful book, containing some 400 traditional and simplified Chinese characters I just can t stress enough how great the book and its images look.But its content is pretty useless.You might be able to remember some characters, get a bit a hang of the system, but it simply doesn t provide enough background information As other reviewers pointed out it is an art project However, not much thought has given to the actual content You can t really learn Chinese with this it simply allo [...]

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    9. Excellent concept Execution not so much Firstly, there are a lot of totally useless characters in here gallbladder really Secondly, too many of the visual mnemonics are just drawn on top of a figure which won t really help you remember them Mainly I found this a problem when a character was just slapped on top of a face woman , small , construction , etcWould love to see a version 2.0 taking the feedback above into account.

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    10. Bought this for my daughter 6 who loves anything Chinese A fantastic introduction to Chinese for a young kid The illustrations are great and the notes about the history behind the characters lead to great discussions.

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    11. This is a difficult book to review because it is not a book that you ever really finish It is of a guide to keep around and inspect at random, or when one feels challenged to bone up on a difficult language This book by Shaolan Hsueh offers a system that tries not to focus on rote memory, the way that many Chinese students are taught to learn I know this because I taught at the college and university level in China for several years I did learn many of the characters at the time and, with the h [...]

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    12. Chineasy presents ShaoLan Hsueh s delightfully simple and undeniably cute system for quickly understanding the basic building blocks of written Chinese In collaboration with illustrator Noma Bar, Hsueh has developed a set of illustrations that match wonderfully with the Chinese characters that they represent and so act as an incredibly effective study aid when it comes to recognising and remembering key Chinese words and phrases While I m still far, far from fluent, Chineasy has certainly given [...]

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    13. This book got me excited about learning characters It is easy to understand, funny, and informative at the same time I wish the book could be changed reprinted For example, characters on pg 107 are not clear in the picture because they re black On pg 120, in the brown box, it s difficult to read the words because it s in black font Same thing applies to pg 171 I think the font should be changed to white or a lighter color Thank you very much for creating this book I enjoyed learning from it.

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    14. Makes learning Chinese fun So you just don t copy down a character and memorize Every time I cant remember what a character means I think back to see if this book has a picture for it I just used it as a book on the side to help my Chinese grow better I first saw it on Pinterest and then I ran into the TED talk about it.

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    15. Interesting and useful, although I got a feeling it is closer to the Taiwanese way of writing than to the main land Mandarin Still, it is creative and imaginative I enjoyed reading it Maria Carmo,Lisbon, 5 March 2018.

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    16. It s an interesting book, but I can only recommend it for people with a passing interest in the Chinese languages Anyone looking to seriously study Chinese will not find this book so useful once they master the basics.

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    17. Cute, but basically useless Making images around the characters is inspiring, yet hardly original And there should be at least two editions simplified and traditional, not both that is hardly helpful to beginners Take a look elsewhere Heisig, Matthews, Jing Hua Yin and use Skritter, THAT really works and it is testified by many succesful learners already.

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    18. A beautiful book, and a lot of fun to read I wouldn t say it makes Chinese easy exactly, but it introduces some of the characters in a fun way.

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    19. Really useful as an aid for memorising characters, but definitely needs to be used in conjunction with another resource that teaches sentence structure, grammar etc, not just characters.

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    20. Very easy and fun way to learn Chinese Mandarine characters and Pinyin , with some analogies to make the ideas relatable

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    21. This book served well as a companion for my chinese class I m not struggling as bad as my classmates with chinese characters I count that as a win.

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    22. Visually, I cannot fault this book It is colourful and elegant and the designs themselves are ingenious Nor can I fault it for not teaching me how to read Chinese However, it must be said that, of course, it did not It s a problem with the language that the images do not really clarify as well or often as one might hope.It s a fun way of introducing a few words in a daunting foreign script, but just be warned that this method will not unlock the characters as it seems it might when flicking thro [...]

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    23. It s easy to critisise a book of this nature because it will never do what every one wants, however what it does do it does very well.Ok here s what it isn t It isn t a dictionary Although it does have words and their pinyin and characters It isn t a guide to speaking Although it does have phrases that you may find useful and certainly there are enough words for you to have basic conversations.And maybe that s why after 2 hours or so of reading it that I m struggling to see its purpose.I love th [...]

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    24. More fun than useful I originally saw Chineasy during a TEDtalk last year and was intrigued I plan on moving to China soon and have been having trouble learning a significant amount of characters I immediately preordered it on and eagerly awaited to download on me kindle I quickly skimmed through the book and it did have lots of illustrations My problem is that it s style than substance.ShaoLan has put a lot of effort and creativity into her hanzi drawings Some are a little stretched but as tim [...]

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    25. Chinese writing has always been such an enigma for me, so when I first came across this concept via a TED talk shared on social media , I was hooked It was a while before I bought the book it was quite expensive for me , but eventually I treated myself And what a treat Each Chinese character is illustrated using a picture that helps to represent the meaning Thus a person is pictured with a head and two feet The character for fire is shown with a flame superimposed the cover picture , but can als [...]

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    26. Chinese is often considered to be a really difficult language to learn Speaking it is not the biggest issue, that comes when anyone from the west tries to read or write This is where we come up against the issue of pictograms totally different to how western languages are constructed and seeming as complicated as hieroglyphs Chineasy really does help break down any initial fear you may experience This will not teach to you read fluent Chinese, but it will help you to recognise a number of basic [...]

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    27. Maybe interesting from an art perspective, than from a language one.It s none too hard to see the corresponding illustrations for characters like fire , water , or river and remember what they mean And there were nice illustrations for remembering some less obvious characters, such as for horse and boat.There were good little notes for recognizing the meanings within compound characters, like how sheep indicates something nice positive And for the reasoning behind words disaster, peaceful, pris [...]

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    28. I am a fan of The Stars A New Way to See Them so I though that this had a lot of potential.Maybe I should have set the bar lower.The mnemonic pictures are all overly bold with the ideogram hidden inside of them They should be the other way around a bold ideogram with a subtle mnemonic picture behind it.Most of the pictures other than the fire ideogram on the front cover don t make any sense at all.The example sentences and story at the end of the book don t have pronunciation.Overall, I feel lik [...]

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    29. Chineasy is certainly not original Kanji Pict o graphix offered a similar method than twenty years ago but it is an effective, well executed and beautiful book It is fun and easy to learn with this method although I don t think this book by itself can make you become fluent in such a complex foreign language You should try it if you are interested in learning either Chinese or Japanese, or simply if you are curious to acquired some vocabulary in order to show off how erudite you are See my comp [...]

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    30. I honestly have no desire to learn Chinese, but I am a big fan of Shaolan Hsueh as a graphic designer I love that she decided to incorporate two loves of hers, the Chinese language and design The book is pure eye candy, and some of the character designs are quite clever I have no idea how the book functions as a tool for learning the actually language this may be why I gave it such a high rating I guess I would have to say that this book is worth a look, but I might just leave the learning of Ch [...]

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