brilliant way to start learning written chinese; this book gives you the story behind each character and it really helps you remember. thus the word for 'big' represents a man holding out his arms. 'right' incorporates the signs for hand & mouth signifying the hand you eat with, and so on. when you realise chinese isnt just meaningless squiggles it becomes so much easier. fascinating to browse even if you dont seriously want to learn the language. 176 pages (one sign per page)
I have just recently joined the staff of The Museum of East Asian Art in Bath and decided to try and learn some of the language so I bought this and Easy Peasy Chinese (Dorling Kindersley). I am really having fun with both books. The logic behind Fun with Chinese Characters makes memorising the characters easier plus they give you a stroke order when writing which is important. The Easy Peasy CD is a must for pronunciation . You will enjoy either but both make an excellent combination.