* Each character is shown in both simplified and traditional form, along with its pronunciation and meaning. Information is given about the radical (essential for finding it in a Chinese dictionary) and other components. The character configuration and stroke order are clearly shown, along with other tips to help form it correctly. A grid of practice squares for each character page allows the user to build confidence in writing Chinese.
* Several compounds are also listed for each character. Each of these is likewise accompanied by its pronunciation, meaning and an example sentence (also transliterated and translated). These compounds and sentences build vocabulary and give extra practice in reading Chinese. All compounds are listed in an alphabetical index at the end of the book for ready reference.
* Each set of 10 characters is followed by a quiz containing a variety of imaginative exercises to review and practice the recently learned characters.
* Each set of 50 characters is followed by a "Character Building" section
designed to build familiarity with identifying radicals within characters, a
Review of vocabulary learned, and a Word Puzzle as an enjoyable way of
revising the material covered to that point.
About the Author
A native speaker of Chinese, Philip Yungkin Lee, is a Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He has published several language learning titles and has received a Teaching Excellence award from his university. He is also the author of the Pocket Mandarin Chinese Dictionary, the Pocket Cantonese Dictionary, Essential Chinese Mandarin Phrase Book and the Essential Cantonese Phrase Book, all of which are published by Periplus Editions.