The best-selling cartoon Chinese dictionary, newly updated for 2016!

Don't be fooled by books or websites which proclaim that learning Chinese is “easy”, “easier”, “simple”, or “instant”.

Everybody knows learning Chinese is a 好大 pain!
AIEEYAAA! is the first book since China invented paper which offers Chinese learners some laughs amidst the torment.

Over 100,000 copies sold

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Featuring 150 topical cartoons about life, love and culture clash in China, this hilarious satirical dictionary sends up many of the ironies, delights, and cultural and linguistic mix-ups that are immediately recognizable to anyone who has spent any time at all in the Middle Kingdom.


This best-selling dictionary has been amusing and enlightening Chinese learners since 1986. Learning Chinese hasn’t gotten any easier, so AIEEYAAA! has been updated from front to back for 2016 and beyond.

Like no other Chinese dictionary on the planet:

  1. MANDARIN and CANTONESE translations for every word.
  2. TRADITIONAL and SIMPLIFIED Chinese characters.
  3. 150 cartoons to make sure you never forget a word.
  4. Extended introduction which dares to tell the truth about the trials and tribulations of learning Chinese.
  5. Useful tips about cross-cultural miscommunication.
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Read Sample Pages

  • Chinese writing
    Chinese Writing: Excerpt from the Introduction.
  • Aieeyaaa: The most essential word in the Chinese language.
  • Compliment: Things have different meanings in English and Chinese.
  • Herbal medicine: Epitome of bad taste.
  • Learn: Why you should give up now.
  • Rude: Believe it or not, such a concept exists.
  • Umbrella: Not referring to yellow ones, unfortunately.
  • Yes: Simple word, not so simple meaning.

Whether you’re new to Chinese or an experienced speaker, you’ll soon be screaming: AIEEYAAA!

Reviews of AIEEYAAA!

Anyone who has spent time in East Asia should enjoy AIEEYAAA! Learn Chinese the Hard Way. His good-natured yet revealing humour makes for a fun read and some coincidental pain-free language acquisition.

John Ross, The East Asia Book Review

Honestly, I think this book is for everybody, from those who have a passing curiosity about the Chinese language(s) to those who have studied the language of the Middle Kingdom for years and been right in the middle of the linguistic fray that is this culture.

Siskia Lagomarsino, The Polyglotist

Very funny and I learnt a few things too, despite the author’s promise in the foreword that this wouldn't happen. Also, the book’s introduction has one of the best descriptions of the differences between Chinese languages/dialects that I’ve ever read.

Pete Spurrier, Publisher, Blacksmith Books

Feign’s sarcasm is underlaid with affection...his drawings are always sympathetic, never patronizing.

Roger Garcia, Asiaweek

AIEEYAAA! Learn Chinese the Hard Way
160 pages; paperback
Publication date: November 2015
Published in the USA by China Books Inc.
Published in Hong Kong by Logline Arts

Kindly note that the images at the top are not of the actual printed book.
Dimensions of printed book may vary by publisher.

About The Author

Larry Feign
Writer and Artist
Larry Feign

Larry Feign is best-known for his multiple award-winning “Lily Wong” comic strip series about life, love and culture clash in Hong Kong. He is the author of numerous books of humor and cartoons, and has produced animation for Disney, Cartoon Network, and others. His work has appeared in Time, The Economist, and many other publications around the world.

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