- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 53089 KB
- Print Length: 160 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Top Floor Books; 3 edition (12 December 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0787YCYM3
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 13 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #794,193 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
AIEEYAAA! Learn Chinese the Hard Way: The English-Chinese Cartoon Dictionary Kindle Edition
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"Anyone who has spent time in East Asia should enjoy AIEEYAAA! Learn Chinese the Hard Way. His good-natured yet revealing humour makes for a fun read and some coincidental pain-free language acquisition." -The East Asia Book Review
"Very funny and I learnt a few things too, despite the author's promise in the foreword that this wouldn't happen. Also, the book's introduction has one of the best descriptions of the differences between Chinese languages/dialects that I've ever read." -Pete Spurrier, Publisher, Blacksmith Books
"Honestly, I think this book is for everybody, from those whohave a passing curiosity about the Chinese language(s) to thosewho have studied the language of the Middle Kingdom for years and beenright in the middle of the linguistic fray that is this culture." -The Polyglotist
"The cartoons are well drawn and the ratio of laughs to non-laughs high. Although Feign has a disclaimer that this is not a real language book, but rather "a random assortment of words with gags attached," you will definitely learn something." -John Grant Ross, Bookish.asia
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Anyone whose memory goes back far enough may have met, around the time that Hong Kong was handed back to China by the UK, Larry Feign's comic strip "The World of Lily Wong", about a westerner, his eponymous Cantonese wife, her family and life in HK in general at the time. This book is vaguely related, in that many of the same characters are visible in it, if not by name - but rather more as single, stand-alone cartoon observations (and minus any great political insight). In many ways it's more a curiosity then a textbook; it's certainly not heavy reading. I'm glad I bought it, and I shall certainly reread it from time to time - but I have no doubt at all it will disappoint some people expecting more.
Wish I could read well enough to be able to read the Mandarin characters, which were in an everyday style cursive script. The Cantonese characters were more standard-looking.