Similar in concept to Tuttle's successful Kanji-a-Day and
Kana-a-Day practice pads, this learning tool provides an enjoyable and
motivating way for the learner to practice writing Chinese characters. The
practice pad comes in the form of a memo block containing basic
instructions, plus 365 numbered sheets: one per day for a year of learning,
or more than one per day for faster progress!In writing Chinese characters,
it is essential to follow the correct stroke-order and create uniform,
well-proportioned, squarish shapes, rather than rectangular or rounded ones.
Constant practice in the early stages of learning is vital in order for
these habits to become second nature as you learn more and more
characters.Essential help in learning to write the character is provided in
diagrams showing its components and configuration, and above all, the
stroke-order. Around the edge of each page, a set of 28 squares allow the
user to first trace the character on top of the model, and then practice
writing it independently.
About the Author
Philip Yungkin Lee is a native speaker of Chinese, and 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
Pocket Mandarin Chinese Dictionary, Essential Mandarin Chinese Phrase Book,
Pocket Cantonese Dictionary and Essential Cantonese Phrase Book.
- Publisher: Tuttle Publishing (June 2004)
- Language: Chinese
- ISBN: 0804833885
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 5.4 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds.
- Average Customer Review:
based on 2 reviews.
|6 of 7 people found the following review
Better than you think, January 14, 2005
This is not a calendar going by month and day, but lists the day of
the year as a number (1-365). Notice on the package it IS listed as a
"Practice Pad" and not as a calendar at all. I'd like to give it 4.5
stars, if I could; I only wish it came with a stand. I found the
characters helpful. The stroke order is given, along with three chances
to trace the character and 25 more chances to write it yourself without
the tracing. It gives the simplified form of the character, but also the
traditional form, if available. The box contains a "handout" with
pronounciation helps. I have this calendar at work, and I work on the "charcater
of the day" before checking my email! 8-)
|5 of 8 people found the following review
Nice introduction to Chinese Charcters but NOT a Calendar,
January 13, 2005
First of all this item is not a Calendar. While the pages are listed
as "Day 1, Day 2, ..." and etc. there are no dates. However, it does
have a good selection of words appropriate for the beginning Chinese
student. However there is no indication of stroke orders, which is
limits this product's use. In the end you're probably better off buying
a real character book and doing the "one a day" on your own.