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Reading & Writing Chinese: Simplified Character Edition (Paperback)

Reading & Writing Chinese: Simplified Character Edition (Paperback)
Author/Publisher: William McNaughton
Format: paperback
Emphasis: Chinese Characters
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Note: In Simplified Chinese Characters
List Price: $24.95

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Book Description
This is a revised third edition of Tuttle’s Reading & Writing Chinese.

This new edition focuses on the internationally recognized test of proficiency in Chinese, 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.

About the Author
William McNaughton was the founding teacher of Chinese at Oberlin College. From 1986 he taught at Kong Kong’s City University, where he was the founding program leader of the BA (Honors) program in Translation and Interpretation. He now lives in retirement in Hong Kong.

Product Details
  • Paperback: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Bilingual edition (July 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0804835098
  • Product Dimensions: 9.0 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds.
  • Average Customer Review: based on 4 reviews.

Customer Reviews

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

McNaughton simplified characters., March 1, 2006

Reviewer: houston student (houston, tx United States)

i had the other book (traditional characters) from the same author. big font, useful to me. however, it is difficult to learn chinese or any other language by memorizing individual words/character. you need a complete sentence. anyway, etymology reference/ explanation is rare, random, not enough, in this book, compared to other books.


7 of 7 people found the following review helpful:

A Beautiful Picture of Chinese Characters, September 15, 2005

Reviewer: William T. Knipe "Bill K." (New York, NY)

Forget the other character books ! This is the one that
will get you over this hurdle ! Clear and sharp pictures of
every character, together with stroke order, pronunciation and
relation to other characters. Go after the big first thousand,
and then you will be ready to tackle the following 2000. This
book points out all the dangers and traps you'll run into in
your quest for mastery. You'll love it and keep it under your
pillow ! Bill K.


3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Worth waiting for, August 15, 2005

Reviewer: Nancy "Canada Ma" - See all my reviews

Glad I waited for this new edition to come out, rather than settling for the older version. A great reference and study tool. Armed with this book plus my trusty dictionary, I am ready to face unknown words.


9 of 12 people found the following review helpful:

Same problems as traditional version: Index riddled with errors, August 8, 2005

Reviewer: K. Buckshi "kennisi" (Hong Kong China)

The first entry I looked up in the index, 'xiang(1,4)', was listed as being on p 368 but in reality was on p 386. Pretty bad for a reference book, where being able to look things up is kind of important. Looks like they learned nothing from publishing the original, traditional characters, version. That index was also error-ridden.

This could've been a very useful book if they had hired an editor or even a proofreader. Shameful job.


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