by William McNaughton and Li Ying
- introduces 2,000 Chinese characters with their Mandarin pronunciation in pinyin romanization, stroke order, English meaning and some sample compound words for each character. Concentrates on tradiational characters, though shows simplified characters as well when they differ from the traditional ones.
by Gam Go and Ping-Gam Go
- explains 288 common Chinese characters on the basis of their ancestral forms. Also includes 72 color photographs taken in San Francisco's Chinatown to show actual usage.
by Tan Huay Peng
- tells a little story, complete with cartoon-like illustrations, to help you remember each character. Also gives examples of usage for each character.
by Sam Song
- provides readers with the easiest entry point into the Chinese language and also helps readers establish a strong foundation through well-known fables and their entertaining Chinese characters.
by C3 apps
- flashcards designed to help you learn some of the 1,000 most common Chinese characters. They are useful for HSK beginner's test; include stroke numbers for writing practice; include measure words for some nouns; have concise English-Chinese definitions, and use easy to read fonts.
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by Rick Harbaugh (Editor)
- a dictionary that groups characters by phonetic elements.
by Jean Long
- includes an overview of the history of calligraphy in China, details of how the characters are put together, and step-by-step instructions on how to write some of them.
by Melanie Votaw
- a basic introduction to Chinese calligraphy which comes with an instruction book, brushes, paper, ink, inkstone and all the other tools you need.
by Marshall J. Unger
- in this book the author demonstrates convincingly and entertainingly that Chinese characters do not convey meaning directly without any reference to specific languages and cultural contexts as many people believe.
by Edoardo Fazzioli
- a richly illustrated handbook of the most essential Chinese characters, offering a unique perspective on the history and philosophy of an ancient culture.
by James D. McCawley
- an invaluable book for anyone who regularly eats at Chinese resaurants. Helps you to decipher the Chinese characters on the menus and explains the dishes so that you know what you're eating (not always a good idea!).
by John DeFrancis
- a fascinating account of written and spoken Chinese which debunks many myths and misconceptions. Essential reading for anyone interested in the Chinese language.
by Don Snow
- discusses the development of written Cantonese from 19th century poetry to contemporary usage in magazines and newspaper columns.
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