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Adventures in Mandarin Chinese Two Men and The Bear: Read & Understand the symbols of CHINESE culture through great stories (English and Mandarin Chinese Edition) Paperback – April 8, 2009
"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
From the Author
This book is only one book of the books in the series:
The level 1 books in the series contain 3 stories(Two Men and The Bear, The Wind and The Sun, The Fox and The Goat) and 220 Chinese characters.
The level 2 book in the series contains 3 popular Chinese songs, 330 Chinese characters, and 700 sentences.
(For people who only like to have a taste of Chinese language. There are several stand-along books available. (1. Steve Jobs' Wisdom - Find What You Love! (more than 150 characters) 2. New Super-Easy Book! Everyone can read and write Chinese! MONEYBALL: (MOVIE REVIEW) (more than 200 characters) are available. 3. Adventures in Mandarin Chinese Two Men and The Bear 4. Adventures in Mandarin Chinese, The Wind and The Sun 5. Adventures in Mandarin Chinese: The Fox and The Goat 6. Learn Chinese Through Song! Two Tigers)
The author is writing the level 3 books.
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Some of the simplified characters were easy to remember when I practiced writing them several times. Some are more involved and I think it would take a great deal of time for me to be able to write them without a reference in front of me. But the thing is, that these books make it possible to learn the words and even write them if you're willing to put in the time to practice. This book will not make you fluent in Mandarin Chinese but it will give you an understanding of some of the fundamentals and give you an idea of what the language is like and what is involved to learn it. It will give you a good start. After just a little time and review, I was able to read this short children's story, Two Men and The Bear in Chinese. Imagine that, me reading a Chinese story!
The next book in the series is Adventures in Mandarin Chinese, The Wind and The Sun: Read & Understand the symbols of Chinese culture through great stories (Volume 3) which I plan to read next. I think you could probably study these books in a different order since the first two started out with the basics and added more characters. But I found that I recognized some words from the first book and it seemed a little easier with the second since I had an idea of how the language works.
Mr. Song also provides audio files on his website that go along with this book, so if you're curious about how these words sound when spoken, you'll be able to hear them there. I concentrated mainly on the reading and writing since it's a lot to learn just that. But if you're curious, or if you plan on going further in your study of Mandarin Chinese, this is a great resource.
In the introductory pages, suggestions are made on how to formulate the characters, generalized "rules" of writing, there is a brief discussion about traditional and simplified Chinese, and Pinyin, the "Romanized system used to represent the pronunciation of Chinese characters." There are numerous audio files that can be downloaded where you can hear each tone used in this story and you can "listen to the pronunciation of Chinese, character by character, phrase by phrase, sentence by sentence" until you are able to read aloud the complete tale. The instruction of the written symbols is step-by-step and the visuals and hints that the author gives are very comprehensive. Note that I did not say the word "easy" because how well you succeed in this book depends on you, the reader.
This book is primarily written in simplified Chinese, but mention is made when the characters differ from the traditional. The author guides the reader by logically and visually outlining how to create each character or "word." For example an introductory sentence to the character "tree" asks, "How do we construct a character that means `tree' in Chinese? Let's look at a sketch of a tree first!" The author then gives a visual, a progression, features of the character, a numbered and detailed sketch of the written symbol (this is somewhat map-like on one level). A chart then shows the phrase "climb a tree" and "climb onto a tree" in English, traditional Chinese and simplified Chinese. In the back of the book there is the entire tale in each written form, a very comprehensive pronunciation reference.
When I first started working my way through this book, not so much to actually learn the symbols, but rather to understand which direction the author was taking, I was surprised at how well the author was able to instruct and convey just how the Chinese language is constructed. He urged at least three handwritten attempts for each stroke and/or character and a careful read convinced me that anyone who wanted to try his method would not only be successful but have a lot of fun. Fluency in Chinese will not be provided here, but the beginner will learn a lot and will be very satisfied with himself upon completion of this material. I had some questions for the author (his email is in the book). He was extremely gracious, answered my questions and even took the time to talk to me in a chat. It can't get any better than that. I'd say if you are interested in an introductory book about Mandarin Chinese and want to have some fun, this would be a great choice!
Book received courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review.
This volume appeals more to the ability to pronounce each learned character to a greater degree than his previous volumes. There are also charts in this book to mark the readers progress in remembering the strokes that comprise the characters. This is again a very user-friendly method of learning some basic Chinese and with each new volume Song advances his technique of communication and his teaching skills. Grady Harp, May 09