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  • Paperback: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Cover Bent edition (1 Feb. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300057717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300057713
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.4 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jun. 1998
Format: Paperback
I skimmed this book then had the good fortune to take a lesson in Chinese caligraphy from a native artist and caligrapher. This book followed exactly the master's method and guidelines. Mr. Bjorksten has written a very clear explanation about the construction of Chinese characters with easy to follow guidelines on how to do Chinese caligraphy.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By "satellite_68" on 18 Jan. 2005
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This book is really easy to use. It has a brief overview of Chinese writing history and then it goes in to the writing of the characters. It teaches you about different strokes that form the characters and also shows you how to draw the strokes in order. There is also the simplified version of the characters as well next to the traditional characters. It is easy to read, understand and learn. A very good book for a beginner. I'm enjoying the book!
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Jun. 1999
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This is an excellent book for anybody who didn't grow up writing characters to learn how to write them better. sit down with it conscientiously every day for a month, and your character writing (efficiency, speed, grace, memorization) will improve significantly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TNS on 29 Jun. 2011
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I have this book and also the book by Semmi M C Brown 'Read and Write Chinese'.

In comparison; both books are very similar. Both books talk about Chinese radicals and give stroke breakdowns of the Chinese characters (How to write the Characters).

The differences are that Bjorksten talks a bit more about the history of Chinese Calligraphy and I would say that the book by Bjorksten is more Adult orientated. The stroke Breakdown in Bjorksten is slightly better being very thorough for each character and he also lists some simplified characters with the traditional ones.

The book by Semmi Brown is more like a school work book having space in the book to write the characters and activity (Puzzle) pages (with answers) to help you try and remember the characters. The Book by Semmi also has the Yale, Lau and Pinyin phonetic translations, (while Bjorksten only has Yale,) but is especially strong on the Lau (Cantonese) having a special section on the wording and sounds the characters should make.

Both books are excellent books in themselves and are useful for learning to write Chinese. The limit of these books though is that you will need access to a native speaker or some other audio material to get the correct pronunciation.
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