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Simple and effective
on December 17, 2012
I spent several months in China a few years back, and while I learned a fair amount of spoken language, the written language eluded me. I tried, but nothing I studied seemed to stick. I recently decided to give it another shot and got this book because I liked the exercises at the end of the chapters. It starts out easy, so the learner has time to get a feel for the patterns, and the words it uses are very common. The illustrated stroke order at the beginning of each section makes it easy to understand (and remember!) exactly how the character goes. It's extremely effective, and I'm finally learning how to write, yay!
Update-- still an exceptionally useful book, but I have to laugh about some of the language. At the end of the first section, you're asked to write a very short essay about your family. The instructions include: "Attempt to explore the topic with vocabulary and construction that show both an ability to speak on the topic with depth and the awareness of the cultural concerns that surround the topic." I just barely learned how to write the character for 'age in years', I guarantee that whatever I write will have neither 'depth' nor 'awareness of the cultural concerns'!