Any good pinyin-books for an illiterate chinese like me?

I have a wide vocabulary in chinese, but i cant read/write so that i am looking for chinese books written in a rather high level language but still with pinyin translation underneath. So far google is giving me books with "kindergarten"-language which is pretty exhausting/boring to read as a grown-up..... 

Dec 15, 2014 12:14 PM
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I doubt you will find anything more advanced than kindegarten level or basic textbooks that use pinyin. If you want to start reading more mature material at a high level in Chinese, you are going to have to learn to read Hanzi!

Chinese is not written using pinyin! It is there purely as a guide to teach pronunciation and to help very young Chinese children as they start to learn to read but don't know enough hanzi and to help foreigners learn prounciation. 

December 15, 2014

@kraut: i totally understand your concern that learning by pinyin is dangerous and  a bad habit. however, i am a german born chinese. thanks to my parents i am able to speak fluent chinese 100% accent-free with a vocaulary easily exceeding 1000 characters. i know it sounds weird but i just cannot read/write. (i just never had to use it). with that, i can skip the process of learning new words, grammar, pronunciation etc. and just focus on learning those characters...and for that, i think this method would totally suit my situation. knowing pinyin is also necessary for typing chinese on pc :)


big thanks to all the suggestions, this was a big help for me

December 20, 2014

>I don't know any good translating site. - does Pinyin too.


December 16, 2014
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Chinese (Mandarin), English, German, Spanish
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