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Cheng & Tsui Chinese Character Dictionary: A Guide to the 2,000 Most Frequently-Used Characters (Paperback)

Cheng & Tsui Chinese Character Dictionary: A Guide to the 2,000 Most Frequently-Used Characters (Paperback)
Author/Publisher: Wang Huidi (Editor)
Format: paperback
Emphasis: Chinese Characters, Dictionary
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Note: Simplified Chinese with Pinyin
List Price: $28.95

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Book Description
This pocket-sized guide to the core 2,000 characters provides the easiest road to success in written Chinese. The many rules and characters of Chinese present learners with what can seem like an overwhelming amount of complicated information, and tasks such as writing characters correctly are often a major stumbling block. In this dictionary aimed specifically at learners, characters are organized alphabetically by pinyin and are printed in large, clear fonts (both Kai and Song script) in two colors, making it easy to discern their appearance and structure, and to distinguish between similar-looking characters. Basic meanings and examples of use are given in English and pinyin, and each entry also includes information on radicals, number of strokes, stroke order, structural classification and the diagrammatic form of each character. Simplified characters.

Product Details
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Cheng & Tsui (June 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0887273149
  • Product Dimensions: 1.0 x 4.5 x 7.0 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces.
  • Average Customer Review: based on 7 reviews.

Customer Reviews

review for chinese dictionary, March 21, 2006
Reviewer: J. Cowger

book was in excellent condition-very helpful for beginners in learning the language

Functional & helpful, February 27, 2006
Reviewer: Marianne Stiles "mariae" (Seattle)

I bought this book on the recomendation of my Mandarin instructor. Most of the characters we are covering in our class are in this book and it's the best resource I have found for figuring out how to write the characters correctly. If you are looking for a way to look up characters using pinyin and find out their stroke order, you should find this book helpful.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Convenient Reference, July 13, 2005

Reviewer: Benjamin Joseph Shelak "Chinaphile" (MD United States)

I have been using this book for several years and find it to be an invaluable reference source for 1) characters that I have forgotten how to write, 2) new characters and 3) stroke order. What this book does not offer is a means to lookup words in English but this is not its intent, although a simple indexing of English words in alphabetical order with corresponding page numbers would be nice. However, since this is a "character" dictionary and not an "English to Chinese" dictionary this feature is understandably not part of the scope of this work. But, as a character dictionary of the most common simplified characters, this work excels! I strongly recommend it to any student of Chinese and I hope that Cheng and Tsui are able to follow-up on this excellent work with a traditional character version. It is estimated that a knowledge of the most frequently used 700 simplified characters enables an understanding of as much as 82% of the written language but that the ability to recognize and use the most common 2,000 characters bumps this percentage up to 97%. As an essential reference, Cheng and Tsui's "Chinese Character Dictionary" makes learning written Chinese that much easier.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

A BIG Help, March 31, 2005
A Kid's Review
I am a seventh grade student taking Chinese and whenever I need help on the stroke orders I instantly turn to this book. It really has helped me improve my characters a lot!!

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful:

the book serves its purpose, May 10, 2001

Reviewer: Derek J Chappell "djchappe10" (Raleigh, NC United States)

The book shows how to correctly draw the character proportionately and using the correct stroke order, but it just has simplified characters.


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