Chinese Characters

Chinese Characters

Learn & Remember 2,178 Characters and Their Meanings : How to Retain the Meanings for More Than 2000 of the Most Common Characters in Mandarin Chinese

Book - 2009
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A systematic, building block-style plan for mastering the most daunting aspect of learning Chinese--how to remember the meaning of more than 2,000 of the most common characters--is provided in this handbook. Beginning with the simplest of strokes, such as those for numbers, scepter, and earth, and progressing to the extremely complex, such as destroy, insert, and mouse, this manual presents a methodology employing memory techniques to associate meanings with the characters' visual components. A sequence of numbered panels displays each character in two font styles, and a notation in the adjacent margin describes the character's pinyin pronunciation. Graphics that identify the components or characters from which the featured characters are drawn, and a listing of both the names of these root components, and the panel numbers that cite their location in the book augment the presentation. Beginners will be best served by using this guide in conjunction with the development of language skills, while those who are familiar with the language will find this book to be a comprehensive reference and refresher.

Publisher: Long Island, NY :, 2009
Edition: First edition Simplified character edition
ISBN: 9780982232408
Branch Call Number: 495.1 Ho
Description: ix, 496 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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Sep 19, 2016

This is a decent book for learning Chinese Hanzi, which uses mental mnemonics and an order that's optimal for actually making them stick.

The only issue I have is that the book only features Simplified characters (which I believe the author has addressed in the newest revision), so you'll be missing out on a lot of opportunities to compare Traditional characters to the Simplified ones.

Some other decent books with a very similar approach at CPL (all published by Tuttle) are:
- Chinese Characters Made Easy (ISBN:9780804843850)
- Learning Chinese characters (ISBN:9780804838160)


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