Chinese Books at Kinokuniya

I went to Kinokuniya Bookstore in Senayan, Jakarta yesterday. They sell books in Indonesian, English, Chinese, and Japanese. I was excited that I could browse their Chinese book collection now that I started learning Chinese. I was surprised that the Chinese books were about the same price as local books (and to think that they were imported…). There was even “Lee Honggi Nail Book” (“이홍기 네일북” ) in Chinese but I didn’t take a picture of it. I remember the Korean book was out-of-stock on YES24 Indonesia.

Lee Hong Gi Nail Book - Chinese

Imagine that. One day I will be able to read all these Chinese books. 😍😍😍 In 5-10 years?


Graded Chinese Reader with mp3 CD


Children’s picture books in Chinese. Wow… “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See” by Eric Carle in Chinese.


Chinese Textbooks for Foreigners but they all look boring and I’m worried that I won’t be able to understand them.


I saw this one on Amazon China


One Chinese idiom a day


Chinese textbooks in English, maybe.


1001 Arabian Nights in Chinese


With pinyin and VCD!


Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter in Chinese.


Chinese Graded Reader and Chinese pinyin workbook for children


Alice in Wonderland

And these are 2 books that came home with me: 我可以请你跳舞吗?Can I Dance with You? – ‘Chinese Breeze’ Graded Reader Series Level 1 (300 word) with mp3 CD, and a picture book for children 伊索寓言 [yīsuǒyùyán] (Aesop’s Fables) with VCD.

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With mp3 CD. Without pinyin, no English translation. 83,000 rupiah (6 US dollars)

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Aesop Fables, with pinyin,  1 VCD. 127,000 rupiah (10 US dollars).

I want to start reading them right away but the HSK Level 1 preparation book I ordered from Korea has also arrived so I think I will finish it first. It has already been 2 weeks since I ordered it? Time flies!

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Problems and answers for HSK Level 1 (150 words) for children, in Korean

So now I have 4 physical books and 3 e-books (Naver’s Chinese phrasebook app in Korean, Easy Chinese from Zero app in Japanese, and NHK Everyday Chinese in Japanese). 😍

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Aren’t they pretty?

OK, then, bye! 再见!###


7 thoughts on “Chinese Books at Kinokuniya

  1. Just as a warning, Children’s books can be very hard. Novels for adults are often times easier. Also, I don’t like the pinyin, it’s too distracting.
    The easiest book I know for native readers is 许三观卖血记. You can find the text of almost every Chinese book online, so you can try them before buying a hard copy.

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    • Thank you for the warning. I avoided the novel section because I thought they would be too advanced and too thick. Next time I’ll see whether there is something that is easy to read.
      I hope one day I’ll get to the level where pinyin is distracting.
      Is this full text? 许三观卖血记 But it looks so hard! Without translation or synopsis, I don’t even know why I would read it. At least I’d want pictures… 😀


  2. Seems like the full text.
    Of course the easiest novel for natives is still hard for learners.
    The books for children have lots of difficult words and langage that is not often used in daily life. Just like fairy tales in the west.
    The graded readers are best suited for learners in my opinion.

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  3. Pingback: Not Ready For This… Graded Reader | Mandarin Vitamin

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