Learn to Write Chinese Characters, Paperback Book

Learn to Write Chinese Characters Paperback

Part of the Yale Language series

3 out of 5 (3 ratings)

Description

Chinese characters are one of the most fascinating aspects of the language and occupy a prominent place in Chinese culture.

Good handwriting is also very important in learning Chinese: the strokes that make up the characters must be written in a certain rigidly specified order, and they must also be written in a special way.

This book is the only introductory manual for writing Chinese characters prepared specifically for an English-speaking audience.

The author guides the reader through the fundamentals of writing and introduces the different types of script used in China today, their evolution, their place in Chinese tradition, and the relation among them.

The book provides basic instruction in writing with a modern fountain pen rather than a brush.

Only commonly used characters-both simplified and full forms-appear as examples and exercises.

Also included is an explanation of how to look up characters in a Chinese dictionary.

This attractive and charming book, full of anecdotes and calligraphic aphorisms, is both a useful classroom tool and an enjoyable reading experience for anyone with an interest in the language and culture of China.

Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 123 pages, index of characters, guide to Chinese pronunciation
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: linguistics
  • ISBN: 9780300057713

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A book aimed at non-Chinese who have more than a pragmatic interest in Chinese handwriting, this book teaches you the beauty of calligraphy, and promises to deal with the different types of handwriting. Unfortunately, it doesn't go into enough detail. It's a beginner's book, and as such it is a good read. Lots of radicals and common characters are explained in a writer's context, which makes further study a lot easier.

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Interesting history of Chinese Calligraphy with examples. A nice summary

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A book aimed at non-Chinese who have more than a pragmatic interest in Chinese handwriting, this book teaches you the beauty of calligraphy, and promises to deal with the different types of handwriting. Unfortunately, it doesn't go into enough detail. It's a beginner's book, and as such it is a good read. Lots of radicals and common characters are explained in a writer's context, which makes further study a lot easier.

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