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,Good-looking is Not Enough.
- absolute beginners level
- 56 pages of text (story told three times in Pinyin, simplified - and traditional Chinese characters.
- the full story is also available in English at the back of the book.
- Extended glossary (Pinyin - English - Simplified - Traditional).
PLEASE NOTE: There are two editions of Shéi hǎokàn? In the 1st edition clear English translations under each line of Chinese are provided throughout the story. In the 2nd edition (where you are now), there are no translations in the Chinese story itself. Instead, the entire story is translated in English in the back of the book. When you order, please make sure to choose the edition you want.
Below are audio MP3 files of the story, recorded by co-author Linda Lee, which you can listen to online or you can download for free.
Information for teachers
Find out more about teaching Chinese through novels and comprehensible input at Terry Waltz's blog and Ignite Language.
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