Little knowledge of Mandarin Chinese is needed to read this book and to begin to acquire the language.
The story is given in pinyin (in Latin letters), which helps the reader with pronunciation, and also in both simplified and traditional Chinese. A glossary with notes is provided in the back of the book as well as an English translation of the story.
Harry, a young American, goes to Beijing to learn Mandarin. At the same time, a young Korean woman named Min-Jee also goes to Beijing to learn Mandarin. At first, since they have no common language, they cannot speak to each other. As a relationship begins to develop, a surprising incident occurs in their Mandarin class and they begin to communicate in Mandarin. Lively illustrations infuse the story with reality. The story continues in Book Two, Haokan shi bu gou de: Good-looking is Not Enough. CLICK HERE to go that book.
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Downloadable audio mp3 files of all chapters in the story, recorded by co-author Linda Li, are available below for free: