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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for serious students of Chinese, 17 Mar. 2014
This review is from: Chineasy: The New Way to Read Chinese (Paperback)
This is a beautiful book. Clear, bright illustrations and bold colours. Unfortunately I bought it to learn Chinese characters, and not to appreciate the artwork of the author, talented though she may be.

The first problem is that the characters are not necessarily the first characters that you would learn - it appears that they have been chosen for their appearance (and how well they can be converted to pictures) rather than their usefulness to a student of Chinese. In fact some of the characters are quite obscure.

The second problem is that the author has mixed up traditional and simplified characters - presumably (again) according to how easily they can be converted to pictures.

At the end of the book is a short story - I thought it would be in Chinese, using most of the introduced characters as a neat way to practice what has been taught - but to my surprise, it was in English with a few characters in the illustrations.

I read through the whole book and very quickly realised that it was not going to be useful at all for me. Very disappointed because I was looking forward to its publication. Thankfully, I have since found far more useful books for learning Chinese characters.
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Initial post: 30 Mar 2014 12:37:55 BDT
Dr KT Tan says:
Can you please let me know which book you find much useful, please share, thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Apr 2014 04:11:25 BDT
sunfish says:
Hello there - I have been using Tuttle - Learning Chinese Characters by Alison Matthews. Excellent!
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