Reading and Writing Chinese: A Guide to the Chinese Writing System
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.
- 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.
Ideogram: Chinese Characters and the Myth of Disembodied Meaning
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.
- 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!).
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