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Reading and Writing Chinese: Third Edition [Kindle Edition]

William McNaughton , Jiageng Fan
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  • Länge: 311 Seiten
  • Sprache: Englisch
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"I wish we'd all been given a copy of this in first year of university. Even now I can find gems of information about Chinese characters in this book that I didn't know before. It's a nice book to have around." —Hugh Grigg, East Asia Student

"…learning how to write Chinese characters will provide a more thorough understanding of their structure and compositin, as well as open the door to the world of Chinese caligraphy. William McNaughton's Reading and Writing Chinese is an excellent introduction to this knowledge." —Qiu Gui Su, Mandarin Langauge

"…this book can be the best choice for Chinese beginners who want to learn Chinese characters. With exact pronunciation, lively definition and derivation, it will make the process of characters learning more interesting and easier." —Yes–

"Excellent reference book for beginning and Intermediate-level Chinese. Well laid out with several ways to look up characters. Common phrases are also listed with each character." —Goodreads

I really love how this book puts an emphasize on mnemonics, bringing this Chinese character learning method to the mainstream. It's really nice seeing more books embracing this method. The bottom line: this book effectively combines the mnemonics of Heisig and Remember the Hanzi with the practicality of HSK and character frequency studies. It makes a great reference book for any student. —En Route to Fluency

"My mom is from Okinawa and we lived on Okinawa several times. I even took Japanese at a local community college, but none of my textbooks were ever as good as 600 Basic Japanese Verbs! From the very beginning, in the introduction, the verbs are broken down into easy to understand categories: u–dropping conjugation, ru–dropping conjugation, and irregular conjugation. Never has anyone taken the time to explain this to me before and now I am finally starting to understand Japanese when I watch anime with my kids, watch J-drama, or listen to my mom speaking Japanese." —Goodreads


This is a complete and easy–to–use guide for reading and writing Chinese characters.

Learning written Chinese is an essential part of mastering the Chinese language. Reading & Writing Chinese places at your fingertips the essential 1,725 Chinese characters' up-to-date definitions, derivations, pronunciations, and examples of correct usage by means of cleverly condensed grids.

Newly updated and revised, these characters are the ones officially prescribed by the Chinese government for the internationally recognized test of proficiency in Chinese, the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK). The student's ability to read Chinese and write Chinese are reinforced throughout.

Key features of this newly-expanded edition include:
  • The 1,725 most frequently used characters in both Simplified and Traditional forms.
  • All 2,633 characters and 5,000+ compounds required for the HSK Exam.
  • Standard Hanyu Pinyin romanizations.
  • More mnemonic phrases and etymologies to help you remember the characters.
  • An extensive introduction, alphabetical index, and index according to stroke count and stroke order.
  • Completely updated/expanded English definitions.
  • Convenient quick-reference tables of radicals.
  • Updated and revised compounds, plus 25% more vocabulary now offered.
  • Codes to assist those who are preparing for the AP exam or the HSK exam


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2.0 von 5 Sternen Very good but only to a point 13. Oktober 2013
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
The book introduces the 1725 most frequently used Chinese characters. However, it does not go into depth. A very short explanation (sometimes not very accurate) for many of the characters (not all). Additionally the characters are presented with no particular order (that means not in an order that helps memory) and no comparison between them. All in all a book to have but only if you have more of the same type and you just want more than one for variety and in order to produce more memory hooks.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Significant improvements 3. September 2013
Von MDM-P - Veröffentlicht auf
The cover of the 3rd edition of "Reading and writing Chinese" refers to it as a revision. A significant and welcome revision, I would say:

Characters which constitute a phonetic series have been arranged in far better fashion. (E.g. the pronunciation "qing" in characters 249-253 and related "jing" in character 254)
Greater attention has been paid to pointing out the sometimes very subtle differences in the shapes of similar characters.
The definitions and etymologic and other explanations of characters are more clearly written, and, I think, are more useful in many instances.
All character entries are carefully coded as to HSK proficiency levels.
The "Chart of Modern Radicals", located inside the front cover and on the first fly page has been significantly "cleaned up". (The corresponding "Chart of Traditional Radicals" is located inside the back cover.)
This edition is printed entirely in black , which, to my eye gives it a more crisp and therefore more legible appearance.
As in the 2nd edition, the appendices entitled "Alphabetical Index" and "Stroke Index" are wonderful references.
Although not a comprehensive discussion, the prefatory section entitled "The
 Pronunciation of Chinese", has been rewritten in much clearer fashion.
The "body" of the book is divided into two sections, entitled "Basic Characters" and "Remaining characters". Although this division in no way impedes learning, I would have preferred that these two segments be combined into one continuous listing of characters; I still don't comprehend why they are kept separate.

The reviser has both prolonged William McNaughton's "classic" and reworked it, rendering it an even more useful reference book and learning tool.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Although it's a good book to learn Chinese characters 26. Oktober 2014
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Although it's a good book to learn Chinese characters, are there really 2633 characters? The characters are clearly numbered from page 1 to page 214. There are 1067 characters. However, after that the characters are not clearly numbered. So I will count. Page 215 has 18 characters. Then starting from page 216 to page 272, there are 22 characters are each page. Lastly, page 273 has 5 characters. 1067+18+ 1232+5=2322 characters.
The front and last pages of the book have radicals but these can be found as characters already within the book so there is no need to add them again.

I suspect that some characters are used in the book without being given an entry. In almost every character entry, the character is used in conjunction with other character(s) to give the reader an example of how the character can be used. The missing characters may be there. For example, the word 乳(rǔ) is used with 母(mǔ) (mother)(page 54) but 乳(rǔ) is not given an entry. But since they don't have an entry, it's difficult to find how many of these unlisted characters are in the book. Anyways, if anyone can solve the mystery of the missing characters for me, or point out where I counted wrong, I would be deeply grateful.

Despite my questioning the number of characters in this book, I highly recommend this book and I love the organization. It often puts similar characters together and frequently gives us a theory of why the character looks the way it does. It also gives the multiple meanings that the character may have and puts the traditional character (if it differs from the simplified version) in the lower right hand side of each character entry as well. In addition, the examples of how the characters are used are excellent.

A+ for the content but minus a star for the uncertain locations of the 300 or so characters.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not what I expected 19. Dezember 2013
Von Em - Veröffentlicht auf
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I am happy I purchased this book as it never hurts to have another character resource. However, I expected mnemonics and stories to help remember the characters (neither of which this book has). Essentially, it is a character workbook with related words that use each character. So, if you want to improve your stroke order or word connections, this book could be a good match.
4.0 von 5 Sternen I really like the subset of the character explanations in this book ... 10. Dezember 2014
Von PWB - Veröffentlicht auf
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I really like the subset of the character explanations in this book that provide etymology and context to understand the connection between the character's appearance and its meaning. Many characters do not have any explanation, just a definition. The characters are arranged in an order that is meant to help the reader remember and understand the characters, which is helpful. Still, I would have liked explanations of more of the characters. I realize that some characters have etymologies that are too complicated to address in a book like this, but I think more could have been included. That being said, I am glad that I purchased it and read it.

A note to kindle readers - if you view this book on a very high resolution device the pictures of the characters and stroke order get pretty small and a bit hard to read.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Basics on writing and using the most popular characters. 2. Oktober 2013
Von Rachel - Veröffentlicht auf
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Excellent simple guide on how to write basic and more advanced characters including the stroke order (step by step) and the meaning within each 'picture'. Covers all 2633 characters and 5000+ compounds required for HSK.
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