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learning menu Chinese (moved from General Chowhounding Topics)

david kaplan | Nov 8, 201004:07 AM     2

After years of wishing I could read the posted specials in Chinese restaurants around the world, I'd like to try learning enough Chinese characters to at least partially understand Chinese menu items.

A very old post (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/260559) mentions The Eater's Guide to Chinese Characters, which is back in print and available in paperback on Amazon. Are there other tools -- like iPhone apps or specific websites -- that are additional good starting points? I would love to build some knowledge over time as well as have an accessible app that I could use to look up dishes at a restaurant.

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