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 Shei haokan? 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