Learn to Write Chinese Characters / Edition 1

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'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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300057713
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1994
  • Series: Yale Language Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 123
  • Sales rank: 822,645
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Table of Contents

The History and Structure of Characters 4
Looking Up Characters in a Dictionary 17
The Aesthetics of Characters: Alive on Paper 19
Writing Characters 21
The Tools of Writing 27
Now to Practice 29
The Basic Strokes 31
Some Composite Strokes 43
Stroke Order 46
The Aesthetics of Characters: Composition 50
Some Characters Have a Key Stroke 50
Characters Fit in Imaginary Squares 52
Repeated Elements Are Executed with Variation 54
Some Characters Have Left and Right Parts 55
Some Characters Have Left, Middle, and Right Parts 51
Some Characters Have a Top-Bottom Structure 58
Framed Characters 59
A Few Difficult Characters 59
The Radicals 63
A Poem and More Characters to Practice 90
"A Thought on a Still Night" 90
Characters to Practice 95
Suggested Readings 113
Guide to Chinese Pronunciation 115
Index of Characters 119
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2003

    Authentically be-loved

    I'm a Chinese American. Prepared to assist English-speaking learners to accomplish their Chinese-learning dreams. This book is not only teach you graphically, the spirit of Chinese characters are also transcended to the beginners. Varieties of scripts are well illustrated. It's a very beautiful book to keep and Characters writing is learned in an authentic way. Never get you bored! It's a treasure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2000

    Perfect and easy

    I only came into this book because I know the author however already learning Chinese for 4 years this book still deserves a place on my bookshelf. Easy to use, and easy to follow this book allows you to actually get somewhere in your Chinese learning. Everyone who wants to learn Chinese no matter how much should read this book first!

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