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Enjoy Learning Chinese Characters: Discover their Hidden Meanings
Enjoy Learning Chinese Characters: Discover their Hidden Meanings
by Kun Ho Park
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.27

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I FOUND IT!, 20 Aug. 2014
I have been looking for a book like this for a long time and I finally found it (in Waterstones book shop that is, for £20).
This book will enable you to remember the meanings of Chinese characters, through the explanation of the key components and radicals.
The interpretation of each character makes each one very memorable. It is a brilliant book.

What I like:
-the 'jigsaw diagrams' allow you to see the relationship and connections of groups of characters
-ancient depictions for many of the characters are provided
-the book is very colourful and engaging, with numerous illustrations
-the actual history of the characters is given
-stroke order and pronounciation for every character is given
-useful words comprised of the above character are underneath

Do you want understand the hidden meanings of Chinese characters? Buy this book.


Chinese Etymology
Chinese Etymology
Price: £0.63

1.0 out of 5 stars CRASHES EVERY TIME, 11 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: Chinese Etymology (App)
Don't buy this app. I thought it looked useful, but every time I search for a character it crashes. :(


Learn German with MosaLingua
Learn German with MosaLingua

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It works for me!, 6 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Learn German with MosaLingua (App)
I really enjoy using MosaLingua for learning German. It has a vast range of vocabulary and phrases - and not just for straight out beginners .

The app is essentially a directory of phrases/words with English meanings. You can mark whether or not you'd want to learn it or not.

Enter the 'learn' section and the app will choose some flash cards that you have selected, which you may want to learn. Still, at that point, you can deselect a card which don't wish to learn.

You then run through the cards 'German to English', 'English to the German', and then the self-evaluation in which you select how well you remembered the word/phrase. From what you select in the last section affects when you are prompted to review the flash card. When you review a card, you (again) say how well you remembered it.


Chinese For Dummies
Chinese For Dummies
by Wendy Abraham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.77

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pinyin Problems, 31 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: Chinese For Dummies (Paperback)
I am an absolute beginner at Chinese and I have found this book absolutely awful.

For anyone seriously looking to learn Chinese, Chinese For Dummies (For Dummies (Lifestyles Paperback)) would not be a great start.
To begin with, this 'for Dummies' book has not been set out 'for Dummies'; upon every page there is an overload of information and new words. It is not clear which words you should learn. Some are in tables, others are in lists and many are just thrown into paragraphs. Instead of speeding up your learning all it does is slow it down.

The next problem is that whenever a new Chinese phrase or word is given the information is cluttered. For example:
gūdōng jiājù 古董家具 (goo-doong jyah-jyew) (antique furniture)
All the text is in the same font and the same size. This makes it very difficult to read through as the more important information is not brought forward and made clear. The extra pronounciation guide is not necessary and makes it difficult to study vocabulary because your eyes are forced to jump from one side of the page to another just to assimilate a single word or phrase. Ideally, the characters and definition should be together on one line and the pinyin* underneath (in smaller font or grey etc.). This would make it much clearer to read.

Another problem I had with the book is that the Chinese characters are too small to read! You cannot clearly see the strokes of the character. This makes it near impossible to gain any understanding from.

My final issue is that there is far too much an emphasis on reading and understanding pinyin - all the example dialogues are written 100% in pinyin! Chinese publications are written in characters and NEVER in pinyin. Pinyin should ONLY be used for reference. Because of this the example dialogues are near useless at helping you 'learn Chinese'

There are far better books for beginners on Chinese (a good one for example is (Chinese Demystified: A Self-Teaching Guide). I do not recommend you buy this book.

*Pinyin is the official phonetic system for transcribing the sound of Chinese characters into Latin script.


Learn German by Wie Geht's German
Learn German by Wie Geht's German
Price: £3.18

1.0 out of 5 stars REFUND PLEASE, 1 Jun. 2013
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It doesn't even open! It force closes EVERY TIME I try to open it. DO NOT PURCHASE. UGGGHH pleh. ugh


Learn German By Games and Flashcards
Learn German By Games and Flashcards
Price: £1.21

4.0 out of 5 stars Well..., 27 April 2013
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This app has plenty of vocabulary, verbs, pronouns etcetera to learn from. That part is great and just what I have been looking for. However, there are SPELLING MISTAKES. I have only spotted a few and they just look like typos more than anything else. But, this is to the developer, review the words and check for mistakes. Please upgrade it.


Fosmon Dura S Series (TPU) Semi Flex Skin Case for Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7" inch - Black
Fosmon Dura S Series (TPU) Semi Flex Skin Case for Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7" inch - Black
Offered by theWireless USA
Price: £7.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Skin, 22 Feb. 2013
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Item arrived as pictured. It has a nice snug fit so it wont come off easily. The skin feels robust and is stylish with a minimal design. Brilliant for the price (4.99).


Learn German with babbel.com
Learn German with babbel.com

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Flash Card Principle, 4 Feb. 2013
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Babbel works with the flash card principle; showing English then German, bit by bit. A massive range of vocabulary is available - FOR FREE!!


German-English Bilingual Visual Dictionary (DK Bilingual Dictionaries)
German-English Bilingual Visual Dictionary (DK Bilingual Dictionaries)
by Dk
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A great resource and learning tool!, 13 Jan. 2013
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The book has a large fantastic collection of vocabulary, ranging from different drill bits to different types of beans! The book contains all the vocabulary you may want! All pictures are in full colour and are an invaluable learning tool to give you an image of the object to help you remember. Because of this, the pictures help me to revise my German vocabulary, unlike many of the other vocabulary books which force you to 'imagine' the object (such as Essential German Vocabulary: Teach Yourself). Because of how many of the diagrams in the book are laid-out (image/setting with arrows pointing to objects with translated words around) I can learn by looking at the image and guessing which arrow points to what. I am really fond of this little book and think it is a great bargain. Other reviewers have stated the absence of plurals. Because I am using this book for learning (rather than reference) German plurals are a thing you only are going to pick up throughout German practice.


Snopake Pen Pal Pencil Case / Pen Case Assorted Colours Plastic
Snopake Pen Pal Pencil Case / Pen Case Assorted Colours Plastic
Offered by FiveBoys Stationery Ltd
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Really liking this!, 13 Jan. 2013
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I purchased this PenPal in order to replace an older pencil case of mine. I received the dark blue case and it is a little larger than I expected, which is good. It fits a collection of my pencils and pens in there snuggly. along with a rubber and a pair of compasses. A really great bargain for just £2! The thing is sturdy and robust. Wow! I really am liking this!


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