Learn to Write Chinese Characters / Edition 1

Learn to Write Chinese Characters / Edition 1

by Johan Björkstén
     
 

'An engagingly written, pedagogically correct, and highly informative self-instructional tool for students of Chinese as well as for calligraphy enthusiasts who do not speak Chinese.' Characters are one of the most fascinating aspects of the Chinese language and occupy a prominent place in Chinese culture. Good handwriting is also very important in learning Chinese:… See more details below

Overview

'An engagingly written, pedagogically correct, and highly informative self-instructional tool for students of Chinese as well as for calligraphy enthusiasts who do not speak Chinese.' Characters are one of the most fascinating aspects of the Chinese language and occupy a prominent place in Chinese culture. Good handwriting is also very important in learning Chinese: the strokes that make up the characters must be written in a certain rigidly specified order, and they must also be written in a special way.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300057713
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/28/1994
Series:
Yale Language Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
123
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.23(h) x 0.28(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The History and Structure of Characters4
Looking Up Characters in a Dictionary17
The Aesthetics of Characters: Alive on Paper19
Writing Characters21
The Tools of Writing27
Now to Practice29
The Basic Strokes31
Some Composite Strokes43
Stroke Order46
The Aesthetics of Characters: Composition50
Some Characters Have a Key Stroke50
Characters Fit in Imaginary Squares52
Repeated Elements Are Executed with Variation54
Some Characters Have Left and Right Parts55
Some Characters Have Left, Middle, and Right Parts51
Some Characters Have a Top-Bottom Structure58
Framed Characters59
A Few Difficult Characters59
The Radicals63
A Poem and More Characters to Practice90
"A Thought on a Still Night"90
Characters to Practice95
Suggested Readings113
Guide to Chinese Pronunciation115
Index of Characters119

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