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Reading and Writing Chinese: Guide to the Chinese Writing System [Paperback]

William McNaughton
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6 Feb 1998 0804832064 978-0804832069 New edition
Aimed at both the beginner and advanced students, and base on ProfessorMcNaughton's experience as a teacher of Chinese at Oberlin College, this book introduces and defines more than 2000 Chinese characters. The book has been designed to bring the beginning student as rapidly as possible to a level of written competence that will provide a solid foundation for advanced study in Chinese.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; New edition edition (6 Feb 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804832064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804832069
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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This book is a wonderful insight and learning aid for basic and advanced Chinese reading and writing of characters. With brief explanations of pronunciation and containing Pinyin equivalents for each word, I have found no better guide for writing Chinese. Fully indexed in Pinyin and Chinese with brush strokes and correct order.
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4.0 out of 5 stars at last chinese character large enough to study 28 April 2005
What so many books forget is how difficult it can be to read chinese characters in normal print size unless you have spent a few years in the subject. This is a catalogue which with a bit of practice will lead you swiftly you find what you need. I would consider it an essential for anyone learning to write the language.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide to Chinese writing 8 Dec 2001
If you want a concise book on how to write Chinese then this is the book for you. The first 1062 Chinese words come complete with the definition and brushstroke diagrams to teach you the correct method of writing in Chinese. Great book for beginners or for those who have 'forgotten' over the years to write in Chinese.
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At the outset you should realize that this book exists in two slightly differing forms. One provides instruction on simplified Chinese characters, and the other deals with traditional forms used in Hong Kong and Taiwan. This review is in relation to the latter 'traditional' version.
The volume isn't so much a dictionary as a handbook, although with the Pinyin index at the rear it'll be adequate for that purpose. That said the entries in the main body don't provide anything in the way of example sentence structures which you'd imagine is de rigueur for lexicons. What are included are variant meanings. And though initially tricky the additional stroke index also permits a search for characters where you don't yet know the attached pronunciation.
The multi-use value of McNaughton's public-transport friendly volume is the inclusion - on both the front and back inside covers - of radical lists. The front section presents the traditional ordering of roots; this is tied in with the Pinyin index and quite straightforward to use. The list at the back transcribes how the Han-Ying Cidian/The Chinese-English Dictionary arranges things. The author states that this latter group might be more useful for the learner. Incidentally, he recommends learning both.
As I suggested this isn't really a workbook, and you'll definitely struggle to cram in your calligraphy if that's what you're intending. Even so the book presents each character at a more than sufficient size, with the stroke order in separate boxes to aid learning.
Also for all characters here (several thousand in fact) there'll be - at the bottom right corner of each rectangular box - the simplified version should it differ from the traditional form.
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