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250 Essential Chinese Characters For Everyday Use: Volume 2 (Paperback)

250 Essential Chinese Characters For Everyday Use: Volume 2 (Paperback)
Author/Publisher: Philip Yungkin Lee
Format: paperback
Emphasis: Chinese Characters
Note: Simplified Chinese & Traditional Chinese
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The characters you need to complete a business transaction, find a street address, and carry out many other important day-to-day tasks are all here.

All entries include readings, meanings, stroke-orders, common compounds, and different versions of the Chinese characters. Actual use of these characters is illustrated in sample materials, forms to fill out, and photos taken in public places in Chinese, where the ability to read the characters is indispensable!

About the Author
Philip Yungkin Lee, a native speaker of Chinese, 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 Essential Mandarin Chinese Phrase Book, Pocket Cantonese Dictionary, Essential Cantonese Phrase Book, 250 Essential Chinese Characters for Everyday Use, Vol. 1 and Chinese in a Flash, Vols. 1 & 2, from Tuttle Publishing and Periplus Editions.

Product Details
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Bilingual edition (May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0804833605
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds.
  • Average Customer Review: based on 1 review.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful:

Elegent, Conversational, and User-Friendly, October 19, 2004

Reviewer: L. Shih

As a Mandarin instructor, I am always on the lookout for texts that are easily accessible (content and cost) to students with an English background. This volume, in conjunction to vol. 2, provides a solid starting point for those who are interested in a comprehensive study of Mandarin that includes reading and writing. Preferably used with instructor-led classes for the purpose of learning proper pronunciation, students can observe both the traditional and simplified characters with an abundance of contextual usage for each character, all neatly labeled in Pinyin (pronunciation guide) and simplified Chinese characters.

Opening volume I, one is introduced to numbers 1-10 and the four tones in Mandarin. Subsequent sections contain ten characters in each set, with topics ranging from the basic greeting to more advanced expressions. At the end of each set, the workbook provides a quiz for self evaluation, a great tool for independent study and/or for instructors.

I am giving the series four stars for the following reasons: 1) lack of pronunciation guide/demonstration; 2) dedicated pages for sample dialogues that employ multiple characters introduced in the book within one setting; 3) too many practice squares (about 100) for each character per page instead of utilizing pictorial reinforcement (i.e. origin of the character) as in Fun with Chinese Characters series for those (about 70% of us) who are visually inclined.


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