by Linda Li & Stephen D. Krashen
Little knowledge of Mandarin Chinese is needed to read this book and to begin to acquire the language.
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. Look for it soon on this website.
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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 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.
The story is given in pinyin (in Latin letters), which helps the reader with pronunciation, and also in both simplified and traditional Chinese. 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.
Audio files for the book's chapters
To become fluent in beginning Mandarin, you can purchase, download and watch the video of the Mandarin class where Shéi hǎokàn? was used in draft form. Fluency Fast Mandarin On-line with Linda Li is the NEW downloadable on-line video version of the class Linda Li taught in Los Alamitos, California, at iFLT, the International Forum on Language Teaching. Amusing memorable Comprehensible Input techniques are featured in the class. This video is frequently used by language teachers as an instructional video for methodology. Available at http://store.fluencyfast.com/products/142-new-fluency-fast-mandarin-on-line-with-linda-li.aspx.