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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Revised, Revised edition (September 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804840350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804840354
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"These two books are excellent to learn to write the characters and understand their meaning and how they were created. The books present both the simplified version used in Mainland China, and the complex version used in Taiwan and Hong Kong." —Goodreads

About the Author

Philip Yungkin Lee, Ph.D. is an applied linguist with 30 years of practical experience in teaching Chinese to foreign learners. He is the author of several books on Chinese.

Darell Tibbles is the World Languages Coordinator and on the Mandarin Chinese language faculty at Vistamar School in El Segundo, CA.

More About the Author

Philip Yungkin Lee, Ph.D. is a native speaker of Chinese. He has taught Chinese both in Adult Education and Chinese Studies at university level, the last being Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He has published several language learning titles and has received a Teaching Excellence award from his university. He is also the author of Pocket Mandarin Chinese Dictionary, The Essential Mandarin Chinese Phrase Book, Pocket Cantonese Dictionary, The Essential Cantonese Phrase Book, 250 Essential Chinese Characters volumes 1 & II, and A Chinese A Day Practice Pad: Volume I.

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For Americans who want to learn, this is really helpful.
Barnabas Ng
It teaches you how to write/ draw the Chinese characters and to correctly identify them and what they mean.
Emmett W Brown
Hi, I bought the original non-revised edition of this book a few months ago.
David

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gilbert A. Bush on March 24, 2010
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There is no other way to learn chinese characters than to write them. 250 essential chinese characters gives you the most used characters not the easiest to write. This is good because these are the characters you will encounter in reading and writing. You will also increase your vocabulare with the stences that are given for practice.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maggie T on December 17, 2012
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I spent several months in China a few years back, and while I learned a fair amount of spoken language, the written language eluded me. I tried, but nothing I studied seemed to stick. I recently decided to give it another shot and got this book because I liked the exercises at the end of the chapters. It starts out easy, so the learner has time to get a feel for the patterns, and the words it uses are very common. The illustrated stroke order at the beginning of each section makes it easy to understand (and remember!) exactly how the character goes. It's extremely effective, and I'm finally learning how to write, yay!
Update-- still an exceptionally useful book, but I have to laugh about some of the language. At the end of the first section, you're asked to write a very short essay about your family. The instructions include: "Attempt to explore the topic with vocabulary and construction that show both an ability to speak on the topic with depth and the awareness of the cultural concerns that surround the topic." I just barely learned how to write the character for 'age in years', I guarantee that whatever I write will have neither 'depth' nor 'awareness of the cultural concerns'!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Holly on April 27, 2013
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With stroke by stroke instruction, this book has become irreplaceable for me. I borrowed it from the library and finally just bought it. You won't be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By aquamarine on December 30, 2011
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I'm just starting to learn how to write Chinese characters on my own. I have a few books on writing but only this book helped clarify the right direction a stroke should go. For example, when I just started learning to write the word "wo" (I) and "zhe" (this), I wasn't sure if the dot (dian) should be written from left to right or from right to left. Also, I was not sure if the horizontal stroke (heng) in "wo" (I) and "bu" (no) should be written from left to right or from right to left. This book has arrows showing the direction of a stroke which really helped me in learning to write properly. Each character presented in this jumbo sized book is accompanied by a few example sentences. I am really happy with this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barnabas Ng on August 14, 2013
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Native Mandarin Chinese speaker but I cannot read/write since I was raised in USA (go figure with the stupid English only policy many people in this country hold) and this is helping me improve my proficiency in Chinese. For Americans who want to learn, this is really helpful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brittany Baylis-smith on September 26, 2013
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I borrowed this book from the library and decided then and there I needed to purchase this book for myself. I wish the pages were perforated because it would be easier to write on the pages without having the hold the book open the entire time.
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