17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
More fun than useful,
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This review is from: Chineasy: The Easy Way to Learn Chinese (Kindle Edition)
I originally saw Chineasy during a TEDtalk last year and was intrigued. I plan on moving to China soon and have been having trouble learning a significant amount of characters. I immediately preordered it on Amazon and eagerly awaited to download on me kindle. I quickly skimmed through the book and it did have lots of illustrations. My problem is that it's more style than substance.
ShaoLan has put a lot of effort and creativity into her hanzi drawings. Some are a little stretched but as time went by I found it to be more gimmicky than useful in actually learning the characters and the illustrations became too muddled. Having the illustrations next to the hanzi themselves would of gone a long way to retaining. Secondly, a lack of sample sentences is rather annoying. She does through out a few examples near the end of each chapter but they're more random than useful. A lot of the words are fairly awkward or not entirely useful. I wasn't expecting this to be a new grammar and vocabulary builder but it doesn't really seem to hold a lot of learning value.
Overall I think it's a valiant effort but could use some expansions and practicality, especially with the presentation of the words themselves.