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"Sam Song has a way with words. To teach, he's the best you have heard. The books that he writes are such marvelous sights learning Chinese each day word by word. Chinese words we can learn very fast. And when learned we cry Goodie, at last! For I must know the end. How that story doth wend and to know how it ends is a blast!"--Poem by Poet Mrs. Carol Creed

"This is a great book it is really easy to learn to write Chinese with this one I highly recommend."--Matt Mitchell

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"Sam Song has a way with words. To teach, he's the best you have heard. The books that he writes are such marvelous sights learning Chinese each day word by word. Chinese words we can learn very fast. And when learned we cry Goodie, at last! For I must know the end. How that story doth wend and to know how it ends is a blast!"-- Poet Mrs. Carol Creed
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing; Revised edition (December 17, 2008)
  • Language: English, Mandarin Chinese
  • ISBN-10: 1439218129
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439218129
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,095,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sam Song helps readers learn Chinese in meaningful context in popular Chinese stories; in other words, readers could see how Chinese characters, words, phrases and sentences are used in meaningful context in well-known Chinese stories. All books in the series present and explain pieces of each character through illustrations or reasons behind it to help readers understand Chinese language and remember Chinese characters effectively.

Sam Song's books present both Simplifies Chinese characters and Traditional Chinese characters. Readers could choose and learn one character set first.

Sam Song is a native Mandarin Chinese speaker and former university lecturer. He has dedicated himself to helping readers learn Chinese language by publishing more than 20 books to meet the needs or preferences of individual learners.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Williams on September 19, 2009
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I've tried quite a few of the ### Chinese characters books and while I did everything I was supposed to, they didn't really stick. I'm studying on my own, so opportunities to use the written language are hard to come by. This book really makes up for that.

I got through this book after about three weeks and I learned not only the characters, but now have a much better feel for sentence structure and phrasing. It may not be 100% useful in conversation, but it's a huge help.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Erika Borsos VINE VOICE on April 7, 2009
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This book will enable the motivated reader to master about 125 Chinese characters. With this knowledge, the person will be able to read the tale about the Fox and the Goat written entirely in Chinese characters at the end of the book. This book is an excellent beginning text for anyone who desires to learn and read Chinese and will improve their overall knowledge of Chinese culture. Essentially, the cultural ideas related to Chinese life and experience serve as the basis for the Chinese characters themselves. The following example from the book will illustrate this point. The word "escape" is pictured as a runner with a trail of dust following behind him. Through progression the author literally provides a visual picture of how the main idea of a word is converted into a Chinese character. This technique reinforces the meaning of the character and provides the idea which the character represents.

Another theme in this book is that practice is the key to learning and retaining the meaning of each character. As someone who has benefited from reading this book and who has mastered the ability to read the story about the Fox and Goat in Chinese I can attest that this learning technique is effective and will lead to a successful outcome. Each time I learned a new character, I also repeated the previous lessons and reinforced learning and recalling the meaning of the characters. Rereading the passages provides new insights with each reading. Keep in mind, this is not a book to be read like a novel. It is a resource and reference book, a book of lessons, which needs to be read more than once to achieve maximum benefits. Book reviewed by T.J. Borsos and Erika Borsos [pepper flower]
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 9, 2009
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For those who have enjoyed Sam Song's previous books introducing his manner of instructing Western readers on the discovery of ADVENTURES IN MANDARIN CHINESE Volume 1 (The Fox and the Goat) may be no surprise. Sam Song has polished his skills for communicating the visual development of Chinese characters so that not only may the serious reader begin to learn to read Mandarin Chinese be the end of this book, but will also have enjoyed the journey through which Song take us. His asides are clever, smart, amusing and maintain the readers attention throughout.

What makes Song's technique enjoyable in addition to being instructive is the choices he makes in explaining the development of each Chinese character. Each stroke of the brush that creates these little 'art works' has a developmental history drawn out by Song in a way that is informative while making remembering that character a surety.

Song's final guidance through the story gives the reader a sense of achievement, and while this may not serve to prepare the reader for a comprehensive course in Chinese, it is a healthy beginning! Grady Harp, May 09
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Brody on November 4, 2010
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Sam Song's three books Learning Chinese the Easy Way, Adventures in Mandarin Chinese, and Learning Chinese through Song are a great way to start writing in Chinese characters. The author tells short stories showing bit by bit how the Chinese characters were developed. He shows how each character evolved from its origin to its present representation. This helps the reader make sense of the characters and memorize them. The book even offers practice sheets to figure out the correct way to write some of the more difficult characters. I found myself absolutely absorbed in these books and I couldn't wait to actually read and write the stories all by myself. These books are great for all ages. My mom enjoyed them too. I would most definitely recommend it to a friend eager to learn Chinese.

-Isabella Brody
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 2, 2010
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Mr. Song, author of Adventures in Mandarin Chinese: The Fox and The Goat (Volume 1) has written a book that will be helpful for any student of the Chinese language. The author explains how Chinese characters are considered words in themselves. "A Chinese character represents a complete concept just like English words do." There is a chart included so that readers can practice the writing of Chinese characters. He recommends that the reader write each character three times to help with memory. There are also audio files for download at the author's site to help with practicing enunciation and pronunciation. I recommend this book.
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