Reading & Writing Chinese Traditional Character Edition: A Comprehensive Guide to the Chinese Writing System

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This is a compete and easy–to–use guide for reading and writing traditional Chinese characters.

Reading and Writing Chinese has been the leading text for foreign students and teachers of the Chinese writing system since it was first published in 1978. This completely revised edition draws on the lessons learnt from the use of the book in classrooms so as to provide a more convenient and up–to–date introduction to the Chinese writing system. Over 1,100 new combinations of ...

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Overview

This is a compete and easy–to–use guide for reading and writing traditional Chinese characters.

Reading and Writing Chinese has been the leading text for foreign students and teachers of the Chinese writing system since it was first published in 1978. This completely revised edition draws on the lessons learnt from the use of the book in classrooms so as to provide a more convenient and up–to–date introduction to the Chinese writing system. Over 1,100 new combinations of characters have been added, increasing the total vocabulary significantly to about 4,500 items. There are also new notes on usage to give students insight into the contemporary state of the language. The student's ability to read Chinese and write Chinese are reinforced throughout.

For each of the basic 1,062 characters, the pronunciation, definition and derivation are given, with examples of the use of most words and a chart showing how to write each character. Memorization tips and cautionary cross–reference to look–alike characters are also provided, as well as notes to help clarify those overlooked aspects of the Chinese writing system.

Key features of this book:

  • The Student's 1,020 List.
  • The Official 2,000 List.
  • Over 2,000 characters and 2,500 combinations.
  • Definitions and explanations.
  • Standard Hanyu Pinyin romanization.
  • Memorization hints and stroke–order diagrams.
  • Hong Kong/Taiwan and China/Singapore forms.
  • Traditional and modern radical systems.

This book organizes and simplifies the study of written Chinese.

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"Excellent reference book for beginning and Intermediate&#8211level Chinese. Well laid out with several ways to look up characters. Common phrases are also listed with each character." —Goodreads
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804832069
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 450,080
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

William McNaughton has taught at Hong Kong's City University since 1986. He is the author of numerous books and journal articles on Chinese literature and language.

Li Ying teaches at Hong Kong University.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Edition 7
Preface 9
1. Student's Guide 12
The Writing System 12
Explanatory Notes 15
How to Write the Characters 24
The Pronunciation of Chinese 27
2. 1,062 Basic Characters and Elements of the Writing System 31
3. Remaining Characters of the "1,020 List" and the "2,000 List" 245
Alphabetical Index 304
Stroke Count-Stroke Order Index 326
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2005

    good guide!

    This book, though I have a different cover, is a great little reference in writing Chinese, and a guide to knowing the commonly used Chinese characters today, with traditonal and simplified uses. Don't assume its a dictionary, or a phrase book. Its really more of a guide to a few of the uses of each character. But its good if you're a learning student.

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