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

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54
Puzzles
92
Reading practice
100
+ 9 24 How to write characters
113
Pinyin and pronunciation
129
Explanations of figures
135
Recommended books
146
Pinyin Index
152
Quick Reference
160
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