Read and Write Chinese: A Simplified Guide to the Chinese Characters

Read and Write Chinese: A Simplified Guide to the Chinese Characters

by Rita Mei-Wah Choy


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ISBN-13: 9780941340113
Publisher: China West Books
Publication date: 02/20/1990
Edition description: Expanded
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 5.44(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.71(d)

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Read and Write Chinese: A Simplified Guide to the Chinese Characters 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I find Ms Choy's 'Read and Write Chinese' a most enjoyable and therefore most effective instrument to attain a good measure of what it means to attain. The book is funcionally arranged in logical order to easily wade through. As compared to other Chinese-English (or any-other-language)dictionaries, the characters are large, clear and beautiful.The visual step-by-step unstruction of the order of stroke sequence leaves nothing to desire. Personally, I like to every now and then leaf through the book, be it for reference or just for the pleasure of it, and would not hesitate to recommend it to a student of the Chinese language at any stage of progress in his study. My only regret is that it lacks Wade-Giles English transliteration.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Studying chinese is very difficult due to the way that chinese is based on radicals. With this book and its companion by the same author, understanding chinese, I am able to make the transition from cantonese to mandarin easily or vice versa. It is helpful in that it lists everything in order of strokes and basic radicals so you can efficiently figure out what you are searching. I found that using this and the companion book was much more beneficial than using my texts for my chinese class. In case you are not sure of the chinese characters, you can look up the english meaning and search through the associated radicals to find the one you are looking for in the seperated index reference. I had to do that numerous times, but in the end it was worth it because I found the radical I was looking for. I recommend this and the companion book for chinese classes because it is highly useful, and extremely helpful in studying chinese. The only bad thing I found is that the books are out of print! Please reprint more copies, I have lent out my copy of both books to a fellow student and I fear I might not be able to get it back.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent reference book. It uses standard (full) characters. It also has cantonese listed. The book should be stocked regularly-- it is much better than those simplified character books. This book contains pinyin pronounciation, a Wade-Giles romanization key, and a zou-ying-fou-hao(Taiwan) pronounciation key. It also has stroke order guides. Chinese is a huge language to learn, it is best to learn it from the classical method. It would benefit from a pinyin AND tonal look-up system or quick-reference section. I used this system to learn to look up words via stroke order-- as an ethnic Chinese who is a very shaky native speaker, then it's quite an accomplishment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I searched for a truly useful reference tool to aid my study of Mandarin Chinese I found books with confusing organization limited scope, and superfluous data -- until this one was shown to me by a classmate. The more I use this book the more I discover it's practicality by taking advantage of the designed efficiencies: 1. The Radical Index structure, which is used by all Chinese dictionaries to organize characters; 2. The Character Index which lists, by radical group, 3,210 commonly used written characters; 3. The Mandarin Index which enumerates each character in the Mandarin dialect alphabetically; 4. The Cantonese Index which is similar to Mandarin, however using the Cantonese dialect; and 5. The English Index which is a 'per character' English dictionary equivalent, also with page references. Besides these helpful cross-reference indexes, each character is individually presented including: 1. The exact stroke order sequenced according to the traditional Chinese character script; 2. Cantonese and Mandarin pronuciations in Anglicized form; 3. Some common English translations and variant meanings. Finally, there is a very informative yet compact discourse at the beginning of the book to guide students and help them to understand the fundamental linguistic components of the Chinese written and spoken language.