The First 100 Chinese Characters: Traditional Character Edition: The Quick and Easy Method to Learn the 100 Most Basic Chinese Characters

The First 100 Chinese Characters: Traditional Character Edition: The Quick and Easy Method to Learn the 100 Most Basic Chinese Characters

by Laurence Matthews
     
 

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This book is a quick and easy way to learn the first 100 basic Chinese traditional characters.

The major struggle facing all beginning Chinese language students is to learn to recognize, read and write hundreds of Chinese characters. The First 100 Chinese Characters adopts a structural approach that helps students to overcome this initial difficulty

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Overview

This book is a quick and easy way to learn the first 100 basic Chinese traditional characters.

The major struggle facing all beginning Chinese language students is to learn to recognize, read and write hundreds of Chinese characters. The First 100 Chinese Characters adopts a structural approach that helps students to overcome this initial difficulty and quickly master the basic traditional characters that are fundamental to this language. Intended for beginning students learning to read Chinese and write Chinese, this book contains characters that have been carefully selected and sequenced for rapid and effective learning.

For effective leaning, memorization and practice, each Chinese character is shown separately on a single page, together with its English definitions, hanyu pinyin romanization, alternate form (if any), a stroke order guide and ample space for writing practice. Printed in gray lines, the stroke order guides introduce the student to the standard stroke sequence used in writing the characters, by tracing over them. After learning the correct stroke order, the student can then practice writing the character on their own, thus reinforcing recognition and memorization. Large boxes with grid lines for correct proportions are provided. Related compounds and phrases containing each character are also included to assist in vocabulary building. Three indexes (alphabetically by the English meanings and the pinyin romanization, and by radicals) are provided at the back of the book for quick and esy reference, along with extra sheets of blank boxes for writing practice.

This book features:

  • The 100 most frequently–used Chinese characters.
  • Foundation characters for the HSK A level language proficiency test.
  • Standard hanyu pinyin romanizations.
  • Step–by–step stroke order guides and ample space for writing practice.
  • Over 500 words and phrases containing the basic characters.
  • Concise English definitions.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This is a great and easy to use guide on beginning Chinese. I had some prior experience with the language in a course, so I knew about romanization pronunciation already. But be warned, this is a primer for the written language, how to write the characters, the radical strokes, how they mix to make compounds, and does a great job of it. Pronunciation and grammar are not covered in any great detail, but the workbook is really well thought out." —Goodreads

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804838320
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
12/15/2006
Series:
Tuttle Language Library
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
9.52(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.47(d)

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Meet the Author

Betty Reynolds was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She worked as an art director for an advertising agency for twenty-two years before moving to Singapore and then Tokyo, where she currently resides. She is the author of Japanese Celebrations.

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