- Paperback: 147 pages
- Publisher: Sinolingua; 1 Blg edition (January 1, 2002)
- Language: English, Chinese
- ISBN-10: 7800525767
- ISBN-13: 978-7800525766
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.2 x 0.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #881,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Most Common Chinese Radicals Paperback – January 1, 2002
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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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is ok, not a real explanation of the character or roots. It really does not help for the amount of roots are much more than just 100.Published on August 12, 2013 by pigi
lacks detail explanation of contents -very poorly done in comparison to other books available
it is a quick read . Read more
This is a great guide for learning the radicals. However, must be noted that the book only contains the majority of popular radicals, not a complete list.Published on July 31, 2012 by Nicholas