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Product Details

  • Paperback: 147 pages
  • Publisher: Sinolingua; 1 Blg edition (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: Chinese
  • ISBN-10: 7800525767
  • ISBN-13: 978-7800525766
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.2 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #755,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By bookaddict on April 28, 2009
If you have ever struggled to understand chinese characters or look up a chinese character in a dictionary without knowing the pinyin, or conversely, started noticing that similar words (homonyms, animal names etc) contain some similar character elements and were fascinated, this is the book for you.

It clearly shows the most common chinese radicals in detail.

Each radical (simple, base part of a character... sort of like "road" in English is part of railroad, roadster, roadie etc) has these elements in the book:

-a diagram showing ancient drawing of the character, two more historical developmental steps to show its evolution into the modern character, along with a note of what it is supposed to look like "looks like the crescent moon" "looks like a man sitting down" etc

-the pinyin name of the character and the english meaning

-what sort of words it is found in (words relating to food, to weather etc)

-where it is usually found in characters (ie "usually found on left hand side of characters)

-a strokes order diagram as well as several squares in which to practice writing it yourself, along with the number of strokes

-several examples of characters which use that radical in it, again with pinyin and english meaning. A breakdown of the parts of the character and an explanation of how the meaning of the radical enlightens us on the meaning of the character: this really helps one to retain the meaning

The radicals are in alphabetical order by their pinyin, which enables one to look them up easily on the pages.

And there is a page at the back telling how to look up characters in a chinese/english dictionary if you don't have the pinyin, by radical and stroke number.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor Lin on May 20, 2006
A great way to start your journey into Chinese writing. This book introduces basic chinese radicals, with an explanation or story of the origin of each and a few examples of characters that include the radical. The explanations are very poetic and interesting. It is also nice that you could whip it out while you eat breakfast and learn something even if you only have a few minutes a day.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By F. J. Powell on March 16, 2008
Learning radicals is a great way to begin to make sense of Chinese, especially when you are a beginner (like me) and need some help understanding, for example, that the (treasure) "bao" is different from the (shellfish) "bao".In Chinese, many words look somewhat similar, but if you understand the radical parts, reading Chinese all begins to make sense. This book takes each of the radicals which compose nearly all of Chinese words, and gives the story behind the basic character. It also gives good examples of how those radicals are actually used in Characters. The book also teaches you how to write both the radicals and sample characters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joel Bjorling on October 30, 2012
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One of my life's ambitions is to learn to read Chinese characters. If I could pick up a Chinese Bible or a newspaper, read, and understand it, I'd be very fulfilled. The question is, how do you learn those characters? They are so intricate! I have asked Chinese speakers and university professors and they say, learn the radicals. The radicals are the heart, or basic structure, of the character. This book begins with Chinese Character terms. Much of them concern strokes (another key to learning!). There is stroke order and stroke numbers. Then, it discusses various characters--one-component, pictograms, indicative, and combined characters. This book covers about one hundred radicals.
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I find this book to be incredibly helpful mostly because a lot of people do not understand when it comes to writing Chinese or Japanese that everything is based on the radicals and the radicals are well broken down and allows a person to really understand the writing of Chinese or Japanese characters it is the same as when you are reading the English lettercapitalize be are capitalized p if you cut the letters and half you wouldn't know which letter it actually is until you saw the entire pictures of this is what this book does it breaks down the radical system so you can understand how to read and write much better I would recommend it to everyone
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