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Learning Chinese Characters: v. 1
Learning Chinese Characters: v. 1
by Alison Matthews
Edition: Paperback
Price: 17.12

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 14 Dec 2011
This is a fantastic book. Every character has a story to help you remember.
Example:
' (xin) has the story "He was so fed up of his *kin* that he felt like taking an *axe* to them and finding a *new* lot. / The giant chuckled to himself as he thought of the *shindig* that would create."

The word equation is: kin ' + axe ' = new
The you get from the word shindig and the giant (the four tones are represented by: giant - , fiary /, dwarf \, and teddy \/).

Both kin and axe have their own stories, the word for kin ' being stand ' + tree ' (you imagine standing in a family tree).

For me, the system works very well, and you find characters really quickly with the book. Obviously, you need to use other things at the same time, as this is just for characters. But it really helps you learn characters in a fun way.


M-Wave Amsterdam Triple Deluxe Pannier - Black
M-Wave Amsterdam Triple Deluxe Pannier - Black
Offered by UK Bike Store
Price: 38.99

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quality not as good as hoped, 13 April 2009
Got the same ones of ebay. Quality not as good as I'd hoped... in particular the zips seem to be a bit stiff and don't seem very tough.

On the plus it is cheap and simple. Also not as big as I had imagined though.


Moods of Future Joys. Round the World Part One: Riding into Africa
Moods of Future Joys. Round the World Part One: Riding into Africa
by Alastair Humphreys
Edition: Paperback

6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as brilliant as hoped!, 24 July 2007
I have nothing but respect for someone who can push themselves into long (very long!) distance cycling, and camping rough, in the way that Humphreys has; and then having the guts to self-publish books about it.

It is easy to read, and it did inspire me with the idea that long cycling journeys are something that ordinary people - like me - could actually do.

However, it is a bit short. It is printed in a large font, and there is a blank page between every chapter. There are also a lot of ingredients, which I don't think really add very much.

It is easy to understand why this is - the book was written several years after the experiences. It's good for a first book, and his next installments may well be improvements.

It was also a bit repetitive at times.

There are a lot of this genre of book available. The only other I've read was 'The wind in my wheels' by Josie Dew, which I have to say I enjoyed a lot more.
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