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  1. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    'Chineasy' is not, by any means, a book for learning Chinese, as most of its critics (judging from the negative reviews here and elsewhere) seem to believe. This fundamental misunderstanding of the purpose and function of this book can be blamed squarely on the author and publishers for promoting it as such (in TED talks, etc.), taking a charming little concept and hyping it up well out of proportion. What this is, first and foremost, is an art book, something you can admire not just for the beau 'Chineasy' is not, by any means, a book for learning Chinese, as most of its critics (judging from the negative reviews here and elsewhere) seem to believe. This fundamental misunderstanding of the purpose and function of this book can be blamed squarely on the author and publishers for promoting it as such (in TED talks, etc.), taking a charming little concept and hyping it up well out of proportion. What this is, first and foremost, is an art book, something you can admire not just for the beautiful illustrations on the inside, but also for the way the book was put together and laid out. Secondly, if, like me, you are starting out on the nerve-wracking challenge of learning Chinese, this is a great way of demystifying the subject, presenting the logical thought processes behind what may seem like arbitrary and complicated symbols, and giving you an insight into the Chinese mentality. For these purposes, I couldn't recommend this book highly enough, and I've already memorised quite a few of the characters in its pages without applying any real effort. But you can't possibly rely exclusively on this book to teach you the language. Aside from presenting an extremely small sample of Chinese characters, there's also the fact that they're mostly all traditional forms (most learners of Chinese will want to simplified characters, but even those who are after the traditional characters will find that some of them in here are simplified, as the author/illustrator picks whatever looks best for her purposes). Also, some of the characters (e.g. “argument”, p.47) are extremely rare or archaic forms that nobody uses anymore, as more than one of my Chinese friends pointed out to me when they looked inside. So, great book if you want to appreciate the art or use it as a supplement with real Chinese textbooks, but forget about it if you think it will be an “easy” way to learn the language.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Chineasy is a book full of Chinese characters and illustrations designed to make learning to read Chinese characters fun and easy. Each character is incorporated into a drawing to help illustrate the meaning. Initially, I had fun trying to understand the characters and the meanings. It felt like solving a puzzle. However, the novelty wore off quickly. I did find it interesting that even though I did learn a number of Chinese characters, I still have no idea how to say any of the words. I read th Chineasy is a book full of Chinese characters and illustrations designed to make learning to read Chinese characters fun and easy. Each character is incorporated into a drawing to help illustrate the meaning. Initially, I had fun trying to understand the characters and the meanings. It felt like solving a puzzle. However, the novelty wore off quickly. I did find it interesting that even though I did learn a number of Chinese characters, I still have no idea how to say any of the words. I read this book as part of my personal challenge to read a book from every ten places of the Dewey Decimal System. This book is in the 490s. The 400s are the language category, and the 490s consist of pretty much every non-European language. (Many European languages get 10 numbers all of their own, while all languages of East and Southeast Asia are in 495.) I initiated this challenge of reading books from across the Dewey Decimal categories in an attempt to broaden my horizons and read books about things I wouldn't normally choose to read things about. Unfortunately, I fear the challenge will be dominated by the western world.

  3. 5 out of 5

    H.A. Leuschel

    This is such a fun way to approach Chinese writing in an original and creative way. The author presents the most commonly occurring characters as visual building blocks and then shows how they evolve into phrases when placed next to other characters. The illustrations are gorgeous and a book for everyone really who is interested in learning some rudimentary Chinese!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    Hmmmm.... I was intrigued by a short video I saw on the WSJournal site, but this method is less useful than I thought it would be. Do I really think I'll need the characters for " mermaid" or " morality"? Plus, many of the mnemonic devices she suggests are cumbersome. Finally, I'm not sold on the concept that learning big groups of words that have the same root characters is really helpful for those who want to get by in China. I probably should have spent the $15 on apps that read characters or Hmmmm.... I was intrigued by a short video I saw on the WSJournal site, but this method is less useful than I thought it would be. Do I really think I'll need the characters for " mermaid" or " morality"? Plus, many of the mnemonic devices she suggests are cumbersome. Finally, I'm not sold on the concept that learning big groups of words that have the same root characters is really helpful for those who want to get by in China. I probably should have spent the $15 on apps that read characters or translated. Granted, though. - the illustrations are cute and the overall presentation stylish. Update: Unfortunately, my Kindle edition of this book would not completely download, so I only got about a quarter of the way through it before I could not get the rest of the book to load, try as I might. However, I really don't think I would have gotten what I wanted from this book, so no big loss in my eyes.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Quynh Than

    Makes me fall in love again with the beauty of Sinosphere cultures.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    ‘Chineasy’ is a beautiful book, containing some 400 traditional and simplified Chinese characters. I just can't stress enough how great the book and its images look. But its content is pretty useless. You might be able to remember some characters, get a bit a hang of the system, but it simply doesn't provide enough background information. As other reviewers pointed out: it is an art project. However, not much thought has given to the actual content. You can't really learn Chinese with this – it si ‘Chineasy’ is a beautiful book, containing some 400 traditional and simplified Chinese characters. I just can't stress enough how great the book and its images look. But its content is pretty useless. You might be able to remember some characters, get a bit a hang of the system, but it simply doesn't provide enough background information. As other reviewers pointed out: it is an art project. However, not much thought has given to the actual content. You can't really learn Chinese with this – it simply allows you to remember a bunch of characters through some beautiful imagery. I wouldn't have mind this, if ‘Chineasy’ would have been marketed in accordance with its true nature. Rather than that, it is advertised as a ‘learning tool’. Rated as a learning tool, this doesn't deserve more than two stars.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gordon

    As someone who has just moved to China, I think Chineasy is brilliant. It's not about learning to read Chinese for me (I think I will try to walk before I can run) but about understanding what it's about. I find it gives me a great insight into the culture and helps me to get to know the people I work with by being interested in their way of living. At the same time, it is helping me to recognise some basic characters which is pretty handy. A beautiful, fun and insightful book. As someone who has just moved to China, I think Chineasy is brilliant. It's not about learning to read Chinese for me (I think I will try to walk before I can run) but about understanding what it's about. I find it gives me a great insight into the culture and helps me to get to know the people I work with by being interested in their way of living. At the same time, it is helping me to recognise some basic characters which is pretty handy. A beautiful, fun and insightful book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Richard Pohl

    Cute, but basically useless. Making images around the characters is inspiring, yet hardly original. And there should be at least two editions - simplified and traditional, not both - that is hardly helpful to beginners. Take a look elsewhere (Heisig, Matthews, Jing-Hua Yin) and use Skritter, THAT really works /and it is testified by many succesful learners already/.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Pooja

    Chinese has never been this easy. Loving every bit of it, thanks to Duolingo and Chineasy. Since last few days, I've been studying Chinese and this is so beautiful language, I've never felt so happy speaking a language. Chinese has never been this easy. Loving every bit of it, thanks to Duolingo and Chineasy. Since last few days, I've been studying Chinese and this is so beautiful language, I've never felt so happy speaking a language.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stuart Carruthers

    It's easy to critisise a book of this nature because it will never do what every one wants, however what it does do it does very well. Ok here's what it isn't: It isn't a dictionary. (Although it does have words and their pinyin and characters) It isn't a guide to speaking (Although it does have phrases that you may find useful and certainly there are enough words for you to have basic conversations). And maybe that's why after 2 hours or so of reading it that I'm struggling to see its purpose. I lov It's easy to critisise a book of this nature because it will never do what every one wants, however what it does do it does very well. Ok here's what it isn't: It isn't a dictionary. (Although it does have words and their pinyin and characters) It isn't a guide to speaking (Although it does have phrases that you may find useful and certainly there are enough words for you to have basic conversations). And maybe that's why after 2 hours or so of reading it that I'm struggling to see its purpose. I love the formatting of the book. It is designed brilliantly and is by far the most interesting chinese language guide I've see and it makes me want to pick it up again so I will almost certainly learn many characters from it. Despite living in Taiwan for 10 years i've pretty much failed at being able to read the characters and whilst that isn't important in daily life (much is in English) menu items are still a mystery. I was hoping that this book would help useful characters adhere to my mind. Unfortunately I don't think that many of the characters in this book will help for that. But maybe I'm missing the point. As the author writes in the introduction, she wrote this book to help he British born Taiwanese children learn to read and write a language that, I presume, they can speak fluently. For that purpose I believe it will be an excellent tool as it's certainly interesting enough for kids to want to want to pick up again and again.

  11. 4 out of 5

    MyImpossibleList

    This book got me excited about learning characters! It is easy to understand, funny, and informative at the same time. I wish the book could be changed (reprinted). For example, characters on pg. 107 are not clear in the picture because they're black. On pg. 120, in the brown box, it's difficult to read the words because it's in black font. Same thing applies to pg. 171. I think the font should be changed to white or a lighter color. Thank you very much for creating this book! I enjoyed learning This book got me excited about learning characters! It is easy to understand, funny, and informative at the same time. I wish the book could be changed (reprinted). For example, characters on pg. 107 are not clear in the picture because they're black. On pg. 120, in the brown box, it's difficult to read the words because it's in black font. Same thing applies to pg. 171. I think the font should be changed to white or a lighter color. Thank you very much for creating this book! I enjoyed learning from it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Svanevik

    Excellent concept. Execution not so much. Firstly, there are a lot of totally useless characters in here ("gallbladder"? really?). Secondly, too many of the visual mnemonics are just drawn on top of a figure which won't really help you remember them. Mainly I found this a problem when a character was just slapped on top of a face ("woman", "small", "construction", etc.). Would love to see a version 2.0 taking the feedback above into account. Excellent concept. Execution not so much. Firstly, there are a lot of totally useless characters in here ("gallbladder"? really?). Secondly, too many of the visual mnemonics are just drawn on top of a figure which won't really help you remember them. Mainly I found this a problem when a character was just slapped on top of a face ("woman", "small", "construction", etc.). Would love to see a version 2.0 taking the feedback above into account.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Iguanaditty

    Bought this for my daughter (6) who loves anything Chinese. A fantastic introduction to Chinese for a young kid. The illustrations are great and the notes about the history behind the characters lead to great discussions.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Charles Garard

    This is a difficult book to review because it is not a book that you ever really finish. It is more of a guide to keep around and inspect at random, or when one feels challenged to bone up on a difficult language. This book by Shaolan Hsueh offers a system that tries not to focus on rote memory, the way that many Chinese students are taught to learn. I know this because I taught at the college and university level in China for several years. I did learn many of the characters at the time and, wi This is a difficult book to review because it is not a book that you ever really finish. It is more of a guide to keep around and inspect at random, or when one feels challenged to bone up on a difficult language. This book by Shaolan Hsueh offers a system that tries not to focus on rote memory, the way that many Chinese students are taught to learn. I know this because I taught at the college and university level in China for several years. I did learn many of the characters at the time and, with the help of a beautiful lady friend, discovered that I could read a few signs. However, as you can guess, if one does not use something like a foreign language it can fade from the back of your brain where you have so much information stored (if you are an educated person). The author tries to educate us by offering what she calls a new way to read Chinese. Yes. Reading it. But remembering it so that one can use it is a different matter. She offers colorful, and sometimes full-page, artwork to help us initially recognize a character. However, sometimes the artwork is distracting because it is built around, and not from, the character itself. E.g., the blade of a knife is painted over the word for "knife" does not help with recognizing the word because there is no resemblance. It merely is used to introduce the word. Sometimes the traditional form is focused on, but we usually start with the simplified form. Then we see characters combined to form new words. Sometimes characters are changed slightly when attached to another. Often she provides the history of the word and shows how changes have taken place. On the other hand, she sometimes shows how certain characters may have several meanings, and this becomes overwhelming when five or six possibilities exist, often unrelated in meaning. She is understandably annoyed that the character for women is derived from a time or place when they supposedly had to humble themselves in a subservient posture before men. Shaolan Hsueh is shown in a full-page pose near the front of the book. I have no idea how many copies of her book have been, but it might be possible that she could double her sales by putting that photograph on the back or even front cover of the book. She has a face that would launch a thousand ships and a smile to brighten up the world.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Erin Britton

    Chineasy presents ShaoLan Hsueh’s delightfully simple (and undeniably cute) system for quickly understanding the basic building blocks of written Chinese. In collaboration with illustrator Noma Bar, Hsueh has developed a set of illustrations that match wonderfully with the Chinese characters that they represent and so act as an incredibly effective study aid when it comes to recognising and remembering key Chinese words and phrases. While I’m still far, far from fluent, Chineasy has certainly gi Chineasy presents ShaoLan Hsueh’s delightfully simple (and undeniably cute) system for quickly understanding the basic building blocks of written Chinese. In collaboration with illustrator Noma Bar, Hsueh has developed a set of illustrations that match wonderfully with the Chinese characters that they represent and so act as an incredibly effective study aid when it comes to recognising and remembering key Chinese words and phrases. While I’m still far, far from fluent, Chineasy has certainly given me a head start at reading and writing basic Chinese and so, importantly, has given me the confidence that I might be able to progress further with the language.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    This is a great book for people who are just getting started with Chinese characters and want something that's not too intimidating. Two notes of caution: (1) don't buy this if you're hoping for a rigorous treatment of the Chinese language (or even if you hope to be able write a basic letter in Chinese). You'll need something else for that. This is more about getting your feet wet with some characters and with some aspects of the Chinese writing system. (2) Be aware that the author goes back and This is a great book for people who are just getting started with Chinese characters and want something that's not too intimidating. Two notes of caution: (1) don't buy this if you're hoping for a rigorous treatment of the Chinese language (or even if you hope to be able write a basic letter in Chinese). You'll need something else for that. This is more about getting your feet wet with some characters and with some aspects of the Chinese writing system. (2) Be aware that the author goes back and forth between simplified and traditional characters in a few places. She's not consistent (though when both exist, she consistently gives both).

  17. 4 out of 5

    Vinh Khang Nguyen

    All the Characters the book covered are all amazing with nice designs to demonstrate the word meanings. This is a super amazing way to remember common characters and words following their building blocks. For example : 人 ren : means person, the main building blocks to form : 从 :to follow 众 :the crowd 大人 : adult 夫人 : the wife and countless of other examples. -1 star because it should have another sequels to cover other commonly used characters. Because I still feel the characters presented here are not All the Characters the book covered are all amazing with nice designs to demonstrate the word meanings. This is a super amazing way to remember common characters and words following their building blocks. For example : 人 ren : means person, the main building blocks to form : 从 :to follow 众 :the crowd 大人 : adult 夫人 : the wife and countless of other examples. -1 star because it should have another sequels to cover other commonly used characters. Because I still feel the characters presented here are not enough :(

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This book is cool looking but my brain absolutely does not work this way as far as the visual memorization. I do like the little explanations of the characters, that's helpful to know a bit more about the history or general "flavor" of a character. If this book/method doesn't work for you, just try more traditional ways of learning characters. It doesn't mean you're incapable of learning characters. This book is cool looking but my brain absolutely does not work this way as far as the visual memorization. I do like the little explanations of the characters, that's helpful to know a bit more about the history or general "flavor" of a character. If this book/method doesn't work for you, just try more traditional ways of learning characters. It doesn't mean you're incapable of learning characters.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nolan

    Makes learning Chinese more fun. So you just don't copy down a character and memorize. Every time I cant remember what a character means I think back to see if this book has a picture for it. I just used it as a book on the side to help my Chinese grow better. I first saw it on Pinterest and then I ran into the TED talk about it. Makes learning Chinese more fun. So you just don't copy down a character and memorize. Every time I cant remember what a character means I think back to see if this book has a picture for it. I just used it as a book on the side to help my Chinese grow better. I first saw it on Pinterest and then I ran into the TED talk about it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maite Rodriguez

    This is a great book if you're starting to learn Chinese and are completely unfamiliar with the symbols. The book gives you a new way to think of them when they show up in any other Chinese text and makes them more familiar. Obviously the book itself isn't made to teach you how to speak Chinese, but it's there to make you more familiar with the symbols. An excellent resource. This is a great book if you're starting to learn Chinese and are completely unfamiliar with the symbols. The book gives you a new way to think of them when they show up in any other Chinese text and makes them more familiar. Obviously the book itself isn't made to teach you how to speak Chinese, but it's there to make you more familiar with the symbols. An excellent resource.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Vahagn Mkrtchyan

    The author actively promotes the idea of memorizing Chinese characters through picture mnemonics like something she invented while in reality it has been done for ages. And the pictures themselves sometimes have little connection to the characters. Although extremely far from a definitive complete manual, still a fun book to supplement your studies of Chinese.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Harrison

    It's an interesting book, but I can only recommend it for people with a passing interest in the Chinese languages. Anyone looking to seriously study Chinese will not find this book so useful once they master the basics. It's an interesting book, but I can only recommend it for people with a passing interest in the Chinese languages. Anyone looking to seriously study Chinese will not find this book so useful once they master the basics.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Maria Carmo

    Interesting and useful, although I got a feeling it is closer to the Taiwanese way of writing than to the main land Mandarin. Still, it is creative and imaginative. I enjoyed reading it! Maria Carmo, Lisbon, 5 March 2018.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ylva

    Not read in the traditional sense, but I have been through it. Not really what I needed or thought I'd get, but seeing the way you could combine different signs and components was interesting and I did make myself a tiny dictionary with signs I thought I should try to learn eventually. Not read in the traditional sense, but I have been through it. Not really what I needed or thought I'd get, but seeing the way you could combine different signs and components was interesting and I did make myself a tiny dictionary with signs I thought I should try to learn eventually.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    This book served well as a companion for my chinese class. I'm not struggling as bad as my classmates with chinese characters. I count that as a win. This book served well as a companion for my chinese class. I'm not struggling as bad as my classmates with chinese characters. I count that as a win.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Osamuyi Okpame

    Very easy and fun way to learn Chinese (Mandarine characters and Pinyin), with some analogies to make the ideas relatable

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Really useful as an aid for memorising characters, but definitely needs to be used in conjunction with another resource that teaches sentence structure, grammar etc, not just characters.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Neurocomp

    This book is better than the 2nd one (Chineasy Everyday) but these 2 points are still valid 1) BPMF/phonetic - for a taiwan-born author , she did not use BPMF system ,used for children to learn, and opted for pinyin....i am a big fan of the BPMF system -- as I grew up in the west learning it -- because its 1a) unique (and obviously has a phonetic mapping) 1b) doesn't rely on teh the romanicized system 1c) makes the writing system even more pretty ...latin appearing beside chinese writing is UGLY This book is better than the 2nd one (Chineasy Everyday) but these 2 points are still valid 1) BPMF/phonetic - for a taiwan-born author , she did not use BPMF system ,used for children to learn, and opted for pinyin....i am a big fan of the BPMF system -- as I grew up in the west learning it -- because its 1a) unique (and obviously has a phonetic mapping) 1b) doesn't rely on teh the romanicized system 1c) makes the writing system even more pretty ...latin appearing beside chinese writing is UGLY!! Also i think she used the Mainland chinese pinyin and not the Taiwanese (or the proper phonetic version...that uses the english/latin sounds ie /sh/ & /ch/ vs mainlad converting sounds like X and Q ) 2) FONT - I wished they used the hybrid phonetic font that shows all 3 (character + BPMF+pinyin) rather than separating the pinyin from the character ....BPMF goes on teh right & pinyin on bottom of character. ...this book gets an extra star because its a list and "buso"-esque based book. So none of the extra word clutter of the 2nd book ...lose a star, cuz art doesn't match the character description

  29. 4 out of 5

    ✨Jinglemarco✨ (Nursery rhymes enthusiast)*

    Interesting, fascinating, enchanting and gorgeous.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Yuri

    It's a great book for understanding the idea behind some basic and useful Chinese characters, with great cultural notes and illustrations. I loved it. It's a great book for understanding the idea behind some basic and useful Chinese characters, with great cultural notes and illustrations. I loved it.

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