Chinese in a Flash, Vol. 1 (Tuttle Flash Cards)
Author/Publisher: Philip Yungkin Lee
List Price: $24.95
Whether on a train from Beijing to Shanghai or sitting under a tree in
Berkeley, you can be practicing your Chinese with this quick and easy-to-use
set of flashcards. Chinese in a Flash Volume 1 has a full range of
features to help beginners and intermediate learners through character
recognition, vocabulary recognition, revision, and testing. It includes
indexes by radical, stroke count, and alphabetically by pinyin romanization.
About the Author
Philip Yungkin Lee, a native speaker of Chinese, is a Senior Lecturer at the
University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He has published several
language learning titles and has received a Teaching Excellence award form
- Misc. Supplies
- Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Package edition (November 2003)
- Language: Chinese
- ISBN: 0804833613
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds.
- Average Customer Review:
based on 10 reviews.
|68 of 69 people found the following review
Useful Tool for Memorizing Chinese Characters, October 30, 2004
Since I have both "Chinese in a Flash" and "Chinese Character
Flashcards 888" flashcard sets, I wanted to offer a comparison between
Flashcards 888 are organized in the order of frequency of use of
characters; Chinese in a Flash are arranged in the order of frequency
and complexity. Someone learning Chinese language is more likely to
encounter characters in the order presented in Chinese in a Flash cards.
Flashcards 888 are of a sturdier quality than Chinese in a Flash cards.
Both are approximately the same size.
Both have radicals mentioned. On Flashcards 888, radicals are provided
in the upper right corner on the front of the card; on Chinese in a
Flash cards, beside the radical is also noted the name of the character
as well as character components.
On Flashcards 888, you'll also find a stroke order, helpful to know when
you practice writing characters; Chinese in a Flash cards, do not
provide a stroke order.
Both sets also mention several character combinations, together with
their pronounciation in pinyin and the meaning in English.
Chinese in a Flash also provide a sample sentence where the particular
character / word is used; Flashcards 888 don't.
Flashcards come in one set of 888 cards; Chinese in Flash come in two
sets of 448 cards.
I am very happy with both sets and enjoy using them both.
|22 of 22 people found the following review
As good as it gets, October 11, 2005
Kim (Shanghai, China)
These are really wonderful aids and do all that a flashcard can be
asked to do. Also, they DO provide a very detailed stroke order- I am
puzzled why so many reviews comment that there is no stroke order.
Perhaps there was an earlier edition? I will take and upload a photo, so
other customers can see for themselves.
I find them superior to "Chinese Character Flashcards 888" and wish I
would have saved my money as I purchased both sets. There is another
review comparing them that is incorrect. These flashcards are more
sturdy, have a more detailed stroke order (they break down every single
stroke while the 888 set often groups them), provide a sample sentence
as well as additional words using the character (888 only has a few
sample words), and provide the traditional character along with the
simplified when applicable (888 does too, but it's very small). They are
superior in every way to the 888 set- I haven't even looked at the other
set since the Tuttle set arrived. In fact, this is the first Amazon
review I've written, and I do so to correct the misinformation I based
my purchasing decision upon.
Another useful feature is that the first 500 flashcards in the set
coincide exactly with the two Tuttle Language Library volumes "250
Essential Chinese Characters". So, if you're working your way through
these books, these flashcards are the ideal study aid. (The labeling
numbers coincide exactly...if learning character number 115 in the book,
you can refer to flashcard 115.)
I am very happy with the cards and encourage their use as part of a
well-rounded study program. It has been commented that individual
characters have no real "meaning", so these cards have limited use. I
disagree. Individual characters do have meaning and are used to
represent a particular sound and tone. You must learn what sound goes
with which character since characters are written individually with
equal spacing- when reading Chinese, you need to pronounce each sound as
you go along since characters are not grouped together to signal they
are being used to build a particular word. Thus, each character needs to
be learned individually since it can be used with many different
characters to build different words. For example, "pengyou", meaning
"friend", is written with two characters: one representing the sound "peng"
(which means friend) and one representing "you" (which also means
friend). But the character for "you" can also be combined with the
character for "yi" which result in "youyi", meaning "friendship".
As far as the samples sentences go, they may potentially be confusing
since they do not provide an exact word-for-word translation, but for
someone with moderate experience (I've been studying Mandarin for 3
months now) they are very easy to understand. An exact translation
wouldn't be very comprehensible anyway. I rarely find myself confused
over which word represents which meaning, and if uncertain, it's easy
enough to look up a troublesome word in the dictionary. It's all part of
the learning process.
|6 of 6 people found the following review
Do not buy these cards from this publisher - they may be defective,
February 7, 2006
I bought volume one of Chinese in a Flash, and - what can I say? - I
was impressed. The cards were well made (I don't have the problems with
sturdiness that other customers have) and well-put together. The only
problem I had with Volume One was that I needed more - more characters,
more information, more flashcards.
Many basic characters are missing from this volume, but it's called
Volume One for a reason. Volume one leads quickly to Volume Two and
Volume Two to the soon-to-be-published Volume Three. Any review of this
product has to bear in mind that Volume Two (and possibly Three) are
necessary for even the most casual learner.
This is where my trouble began. The set of cards I bought for Volume Two
were defective. They were printed upside down on the back of the card. A
defect that meant I couldn't use volumes One and Two together (as Volume
One were printed one way and Volume Two the other). Not thinking that
Tuttle (the publisher) would object, I emailed and asked them about
their returns policy - and they promised a speedy resolution if I would
only mail my cards in.
A problem, considering that I'm an international customer, but not
insurmountable. Expensive, though, as mailing them cost about half the
price of the cards as new! Once the cards were mailed, I was informed
that they had arrived at the destination, but I would not get any cards
for a few months.
Then I cracked and asked for a refund. I have not received a reply from
the publisher regarding the refund. The email address I've been using to
correspond with them has stopped working. I am left out of pocket for
both the cost of an international packet and a set of cards and without
even the defective cards!
Before you buy any products from this publisher, ask yourself what you
will do if they're defective. Would you even know? Will your Chinese
hosts be subjected to senseless or offensive gibberish? Will you be
eating what you ordered at your local restaurant? I'll tell you one
thing - you won't be getting your money back.
|3 of 3 people found the following review
Great Tool, December 31, 2005
These cards are extremely useful to any student of Chinese. I have
been studying language for years, studying six myself, and dreaded the
complicated charachter system of Chinese. After these cards their
mystery and complication has been stripped clean. I cannot in any way
say how much these have helped, and actually Chinese has become one of
the easier languages for me to learn. I reccoment these cards highly to
anyone who is a student and worried about the writing system of Chinese.
|11 of 11 people found the following review
Excellent cards, great price, and better than the reviews,
November 11, 2005
First, i would like to declare that i read all the amazon's reviews
before add to my shopping cart this cards. Some include false
I hope that you compare this review with the others, because i bougth
this item in amazon, i study chinese, a i'm talking about something that
I have to say that my purchase was excellent.
This cards are not for beginners. It's for students that have some
knowledge of chinese characters, grammar and pinyin.
You dont try to buy if you are looking for something to learn by
yourself with no training.
Second, this cards include a lot of practical information:
a) Simplified and Traditional chinese symbol
b) Order to write the strokes.
c) A proverb or an interesting sentence using the symbol.
d) 5 common word that include the symbol.
6) the radical of the symbol
7) The meaning of the symbol.
It's a really useful tool and the box have the shape of a book so it's
easy to carry instead other cards that i have the chance to use.
The only negative part it's that this cards are not too resistant.
From the South of the world.
Carolina from Chile
|12 of 12 people found the following review
Essential study aid, July 27, 2005
Some people seem not to be aware that these cards are designed for
use with the author's books. The card order follows the order in the
books exactly. What the books give you are instrucion in and ample
opportunity to practice writing the characters. Also, the book is in
larger type, and easier to learn from at first.
It is true that these do not have the stroke order on the cards, but
they are flash cards and I wouldn't expect to use them to practice
writing, but rather for character recognition.
I haven't seen the other competing set of cards, but I am very happy
with these. The characters are in simplified form, but the traditional
form is shown where differences exist. The physical quality is excellent
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