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The Way of Chinese characters; the origins of 400 essential words = [Han zi zhi dao].


The Way of Chinese characters; the origins of 400 essential words = [Han zi zhi dao].

Wu, Jian-hsin.

Cheng & Tsui Company


294 pages




Wu (Chinese, Pomona College) presents a text for learners and teachers of Chinese at all levels, containing 400 of the most basic Chinese characters which also correspond with the glossary of the best-selling textbook Integrated Chinese, Second Edition, Level 1, Part 1 used at colleges and high schools across the U.S. For each entry, the character is displayed in its various ancient scripts, and information is included about the character's classification (e.g. pictograph, explicit character) indicating how the character was constructed. Accompanying b&w line-drawing illustrations help readers connect the characters' pictographic elements to their meanings, both ancient and modern.

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