Chineasy (TM): The New Way to Read Chinese (英語) ペーパーバック – 2014/3/1
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Learning Chinese is notoriously difficult and has long put off the most linguistically savvy Westerners... until now. Breaking down the Great Wall of language, ShaoLan Hsueh has unpicked Chinese characters and created a simple system for quickly understanding the basic building blocks of the written language. Working with renowned illustrator Noma Bar, she has developed a unique set of illustrations that are engaging and delightful, and offer a glimpse into the wonder of the Chinese language and culture. The book's main section introduces the `radicals' - the key characters on which the language is built - and reveals how they can be combined to form a wealth of more complex words and phrases. In fewer than 200 pages, readers of all ages will have made the first steps towards a genuine appreciation of Chinese, loving every new character they learn.
'Easy peasy it's Chineasy (TM)! ... Not only does it look fantastic, thanks to the illustrations by Noma Bar, but it really works too!' - Independent School Parent 'Brilliantly simple ... It is truly a very accessible system - also for kids - and I am already getting the hang of it. Don't miss out on this. Get the book, put it on your night stand and read a few pages every evening. It will give you access to a whole new world' - AllMyGoodness.com 'May revolutionize the teaching of Chinese around the world ... In 25 minutes ShaoLan's method had done more for me than had two weeks of headaches clutching Collins's 'Easy Learning Chinese Characters' - Sunday Times 'Chineasy (TM)' is a `Life-Enhancer of the Year' - Wallpaper* Design Awards商品の説明をすべて表示する
It is virtually impossible to read on a tablet because of the small print (and inability to increase the size), the colors used (example, dark orchid background for small black font), and the navigation. Tried to read it in the alternative on my computer. No dice.
I've purchased several hundred Kindle books in the past couple of years. This is the first one for which I've requested a refund.
If they fix the electronic version, I'll also remove this Kindle review upon request.
In short, avoid the Kindle version like the plague. The print edition should be fine (knock on wood). If I get the print edition, I'll update this review to address the content.
March 20, 2014 Update.
I purchased the print edition and have taken the time to go through it before writing this update.
The substance of the book is good. However, the design gets in the way of using it for its intended purpose - learning Chinese characters.
It's clear after seeing both the Kindle and print editions that the Kindle edition consists of imaged pages from the print edition rather than doing formatting for the Kindle. For that, the person in charge of layout for the Kindle should be sent to the woodshed with a dunce cap.
Unfortunately, the printed pages suffer from some of the same issues that afflict the Kindle. Specifically, the many pages with dark-colored backgrounds with small black font are difficult to read. In some cases, it requires taking the book to different lighting or using a magnifying glass to figure out what's written.
In other words, the purpose of learning Chinese characters is actually frustrated by the author's efforts as an artist.
In short, here's my rating unless and until the book is fixed.
0 Stars for the Kindle edition. It's horrible.
3 Stars for the Print edition if you want to actually learn the characters.
5 Stars for the Print edition if you want a colorful book to put on the coffee table to impress friends but have no intention of actually learning Chinese characters.
Unfortunately for the learning side of things, it's not very good. I'm writing this review only because I think folks should know what exactly they're buying. While the pictures are clever, many times, the associations are a stretch and they just don't seem effective as memory devices. Also, the book switches between traditional and simplified characters seemingly to facilitate the illustrations, which can be confusing for students who would actually like to read one or the other. On top of that, some of the words that are illustrated are just not used any more (nuan2 - argue or xuan1 - shout, for example). Definitely helpful though if you're reading ancient Chinese poetry, which I'm sure, most folks are not. Of course, for that, it's not enough content.
I don't think this is a good resource for learning Chinese characters. Honestly, if the pictures thing works for you, I'd highly recommend Tuttle Learning Chinese Characters: A Revolutionary New Way to Learn and Remember the 800 Most Basic Chinese Characters since they actually put together more of a system with their images and a LOT of great explanations of how everything works. I do,however, think that Chineasy is a unique coffee table book. Unfortunately, I don't have a coffee table.
Also, if I do want to learn to speak the words the tools are all there! This is just perfect though for the person, like myself, who is interested in understanding Chinese writing.