Reading & Writing Chinese

Reading & Writing Chinese

A Comprehensive Guide to the Chinese Writing System

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
"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. This guide also focuses on Pinyin, whichis the official system to transcribe Hanzi, Chinese characters, into Latin script, now universally used in mainland China and Singapore. Traditional characters (still used in Taiwan and Hong Kong) are also included, making this a complete reference. 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)"--Publisher's website.

Book News
Now retired, McNaughton was the founding teacher of Chinese at Oberlin College, Ohio, established Chinese-language programs at four other colleges and universities in the U.S., and taught at City U. of Hong Kong from 1986 to 1998. The third edition of his reference text for students and teachers has been completely revised with modern simplified forms. The content and organization are now linked to Chinese language proficiency level standards utilized by Chinese universities and employers for prospective students and employees who are nonnative speakers of Chinese. The new edition features some 1,067 characters, including 450 new ones. Pronunciation and core meanings are provided for each character, along with examples of its use in common compounds and a stroke-order diagram showing how to write it correctly. Includes both an alphabetical index and a stroke index. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Tuttle Pub
The best-selling book on Chinese language now completely revised and updated

This is a revised second edition of Tuttle's Reading and Writing Chinese.

Reading and Writing Chinese has long been the best–selling reference text for foreign students and teachers of Chinese characters. This new edition focuses on the internationally recognized test of Chinese language proficiency, the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK). All 800 characters prescribed for Level A are covered here, and the 1400+ Levels B and C characters are covered concisely. All of the prescribed vocabulary for Levels A-C of the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi is included among the example compounds. Knowledge of the 2,200+ characters and 5,253+ vocabulary items covered will equip students to take the test at either the Basic or the Elementary-Intermediate standard. Success in the top band of the Basic standard is sufficient to enter college in China.

Completely revised with simplified characters, it draws on the lessons learned from the use of the book in classrooms to provide a convenient and up–to–date introduction to the Chinese writing system. materials are organized in units of progressive difficulty and complexity, with clear definitions of the individual characters presented in a logical and systematical sequence. The student's ability to read Chinese and write Chinese are reinforced throughout.

Publisher: Boston, MA : Tuttle Pub., 2005
Edition: 3rd ed., simplified character ed
ISBN: 9780804835091
Characteristics: xxiv, 311 p. ; 23 cm


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