"A lively and original approach to navigating the bottomless mysteries of Chinese language and culture."
David Brooks, Chairman Coca-Cola Greater China & Korea
"Compact, conversational and punctuated with funny illustrations...highly recommended."
Ashley Ng, Brisbane in Asia
"A delightfully insightful speeding up of a topic everyone should know something about!"
Andrew Ballen, CEO/Founder at AVD Digital Media
“ You get the fascinating things, while sideswiping the rote tedium.”
William Hund, co-founder Tradesparq
“Each chapter taught me something cool...things I never knew after 20 years of studying the language.”
Kevin O'Connell, been in China forever
1 - The Sound of Somebody Falling Down
Why Mandarin is the easiest (and hardest) language in the world.
2 - A Picture’s Worth Ten Thousand Words
The mystical origin of characters and East/West perspectives.
3 -Embracing the Ambiguity [Click here for a FREE chapter]
Exploring the hazy space between what is said and meant.
4 - Sorry, There Is No Chapter Four
Chinese superstitions at play in our daily lives.
5 - A Lifetime in Four Characters
Using idioms to capture an idea’s essence in an instant.
6 - Fish, Pearl, Coral & Ocean Go Swimming
The high stakes challenge of choosing the right name.
7 - Never use the F-word
How to become more fluent than you ever imagined.
8 - We Let the Boss Die First
Stirring up trouble with dialects, topolects and slips of the tongue.
9 - The Lingua Franca of the 22nd Century
Will we all be speaking Chinese in the near future?
"The authors' wit and banter certainly carried me through until the very last page of the book."
Chinese Language Student
“Reminds me of what I love about the language.”
Elizabeth de Gramont
Group Account Director Jigsaw International
“You get the fascinating things, while sideswiping the rote tedium.
"Their book is an easy short read which will leave you with an appreciation of the pleasure of the language and the process of learning it."
Market Researcher, 15 years Asia Experience
“Language Gymnastics delivers an insightful account of Chinese language learning and immersion in a delightfully witty and honest way.”
Consumer Insights Manager China
You’ve been waiting forever for an enjoyable, fast-read book on China to come along and simplify the country and its people. Let us untangle the noodles for you!
Our goal isn’t teaching you Mandarin. Instead we explore Chinese and show how language is an ideal window into the culture. For those so inspired to study, we’ll show how getting started is much easier than you think.
Spoken Chinese contains plenty of delicious ambiguities, intriguing superstitions and charming idiomatic expressions. Gain insight into the subtleties of the language.
Chinese teacher Katie Lu and her struggling, long-time student Stewart Lee Beck join forces to share stories along the road to Chinese language nirvana. Trust us, if Stew can become a decent Mandarin speaker, anyone can.
No trees were harmed in the creation of this digital content. No trees were hugged either, but that’s beside the point.
Nieces or nephews learning Chinese? Grandparents interested in China? Birthdays fast approaching? Put a smile on someone’s face with our Play it Forward promotion -- you buy the e-book, give us a comment and we deliver free audiobooks to you AND a friend.
(we hope you like the book too)
Our language e-book has plenty of enjoyable illustrations, but what about those who want to hear the language? We want everyone to experience the sound of our book, so we came up with this special offer:
1. Buy an e-book version of China Simplified: Language Gymnastics. It's currently selling on Amazon and other online stores.
2a. Read the book (that's the fun part!) and give us a comment on the site where you bought the e-book.
2b. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you've posted a comment. Please include your name & e-mail, as well as your friend's.
3. We send a FREE audiobook to both you and your friend! You two will each receive an e-mail with a download link for the mp3 files.
Promotion ends 30 June 2014.
Thanks for listening!
The China Simplified Team