I Can Read That!: A Traveler's Introduction to Chinese Characters

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China Books, 1994 - Foreign Language Study - 161 pages
This unique approach to learning characters features dozens of the most commonly used words and phrases encountered daily. By using photographs of actual street scenes, it differentiates between various styles of characters used in public places, and guides the reader through numbers, names, common words, money, directions and much more. An ideal reference for tourists and students.
 

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User Review  - AndrewCottingham - LibraryThing

Well written for the amateur learner but the Chinese font size is far too small to allow an amateur to really come to grips with the structure and differences between characters Read full review

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Thank you, thank you, Julie Sussman! As a former technical editor, I was putting kisses all over this book. I'm currently planning my first trip to China, but had planned to study only the Pinyin for my basic travel vocabulary. By accident, I found "I Can Read That" on Amazon, and the reviews convinced me to purchase it. Amazing but true: Chinese characters actually help in learning the Pinyin! The illustrations are superb. Thank you, Julie, for presenting this information with logic, clarity, and humor. 

Contents

Is this book for you?
1
How to understand this book
5
People
9
Size
14
Goods and services
16
Openings and closings
19
Numbers
22
The heavens
27
Vehicles
48
Hearts and minds
50
Directions
52
Public things
56
Money
61
Some words and phrases
82
Reading practice
100
Pinyin and pronunciation
129

Dates
31
Positions
37
Nature
40
Electricity
46
Recommended books
146
Quick Reference
160
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