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Knee Howdy: Challenge Chinese Vocabulary to a Duel and Bury It 'Six Feet Under' Inside Your Brain. (Chinese Edition) (Chinese)

3.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1470132903
ISBN-10: 1470132907
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 4, 2012)
  • Language: Chinese
  • ISBN-10: 1470132907
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470132903
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,558,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is really a gem for all westerners trying to learn some basic Mandarin Chinese vocabulary, and, which is more important, to shed the fear accompanying trying to do that. And by westerner I mean basically anyone whose language is part of the broad family of European languages, not necessarily those of Western Europe (I'm Bulgarian and can assure you that Slavic languages are generally not too different from English in terms of basic grammatical structure and ways of thinking, and even most pronunciation aspects such as tone).

The book is a fun way of coming into first contact with the core set of sounds of Mandarin and the often difficult concept of tones. The book uses an approach of presenting some useful high-frequency words and conversational sentences in an approach that I found amazingly well-organized and effective : for each word or sentence, one sees the Chinese symbol(s), Pinyin notation, and English translation with remarks, accompanied by pronunciation advice based on a pseudo-transcription through a sequence of similarly sounding English words (or word parts), and some fun situation or mental image to help the brain make a memorable, vivid association. I find some of those association aids weird, but they do seem to stick -- which is the whole point. Remeber, it's not a run-of-the-mill textbook.
Equally fun and useful are the companion website to the book and the YouTube channel, which contain a lot more : short clips explaining words and sentences and cocnepts of the language, something like a table or directory of sounds, further fun mnemonic aids, and so on.

Definitely worth a look and perhaps more.
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This is a great book for anyone who wants to start teaching themselves Chinese. It combines two approaches to language learning: a fun approach using mnemonics and funny mental images to help remember words and phrases, and a more technical approach that makes sure the language learner pays attention to the importance of tones in Chinese. The fun mnemonics and conversational style of the explanations help beginners to not be intimidated by the idea of learning Chinese, while the attention to tones makes this book the beginning of a solid grounding in Chinese and not just a phrasebook.

Personally, my favorite aspect is the way the book explains Chinese tones by relating them to the tones used in English sentences (for instance, a rising tone like a question). This approach, explaining that we already use tones when speaking English, made the idea of trying to learn Chinese tones much less intimidating and more doable!
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As the principal for a school where people learn Chinese, I am always very interested in exploring books on this topic. After reading through the book I found that the simplistic but well set out format of this book makes it very easy to use, and the method of learning vocabulary through stories should prove more interesting for some compared to some more traditional methods. While it wont be used in my classrooms, the book is definately going to be placed in our resource centre. I can see how for some learners of Chinese this approach can be very useful, the first step in learning this often hard to learn language.I hope the author could make another version for learning Chinese characters! Keep up the good work!
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This book provides excellent phonetic cues and insightful, fun tools help you memorize words and phrases. Just in case it isn't obvious, the title is an imaginative play on "Ni Hao" the Mandarin greeting. You'll also understand the most evasive part of spoken Chinese, The Four Tones, which can alter the meaning of words. KNEE HOWDY is clearly written and easy to follow.
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Knee Howdy was an interesting way to learn Mandarin Chinese. It presented the words in fashion that was easy to understand. What I enjoyed most was the tone description which allowed me to understand the correct pronunciation of the word so I could say it correctly. The only thing I did not enjoy about the book was the books catch phrase. It is almost a bit corny. The concept is great but the phrase needs to be changed. Overall, I enjoyed my experience and would recommend it!
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This is a great book to get you started with learning Chinese. The author uses little stories to help you remember some important first words in Chinese. The great thing about it is that once you learn this method you can use it to teach yourself hundreds more words. Great technique and illustrations. A+++
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While the concept of this book is definitely quite good, the content you get for the price is utterly minimal.
There are huge errors (not even corrected after more than a year?), it is basically impossible to read on a Kindle (keyboard edition) due to the text size issue, even on an iPad (Kindle app) the bold letters dont always show up (or perhaps this is another error and they are not actually there, or perhaps all bold).

There are definitely better books & apps out there, which would also take more time than 20minutes to work through, and are probably cheaper to boot.
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