THE WAY OF CHINESE CHARACTERS
The origins of 450 essential words
Expanded edition correlates with Integrated Chinese
Año edición 2010
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For non-native speakers of Chinese, learning to write Chinese characters can be one of the most challenging aspects of the language. Learners are often asked to memorize characters by simply writing them over and over again, without a basic understanding of their meanings.
The Way of Chinese Characters offers a more holistic approach to character learning that is fun and accessible, yet firmly grounded in academic research on the origins of Chinese characters. Over four hundred of the most essential Chinese characters are presented, each with a concise introduction to its classification and evolution. Illustrations of early writing forms help learners visualize the character's evolution, and cartoon drawings serve as helpful mnemonic devices.
The Way of Chinese Characters is designed for teachers and learners of Chinese at all levels, especially those who are interested in the origins of Chinese characters. The characters presented correspond to the vocabulary introduced in Integrated Chinese, Level 1 Part 1, making The Way of Chinese Characters a perfect character-learning companion for students of Integrated Chinese or any beginning Chinese course. The Expanded Edition incorporates additional characters from the Third Edition of Integrated Chinese, Level 1 Part 1, and retains all the characters from the Second Edition of Integrated Chinese.
The book is bilingual, with character entries in traditional and simplified characters with English. Explanatory text is in traditional characters and English; an appendix contains text in simplified characters. Four useful character indexes—arranged by lesson, pinyin, traditional stroke count, and simplified stroke count—are also included.
《漢字之道》提供了漢字完整的解析，既有趣且容易上手，清楚地介紹漢字的根源與結構，呈現 450 個基礎漢字歸屬於六大造字的類別以及其演化。早期的字型有助於學習者了解字型演化，漫畫式插圖亦是記憶的有效工具。
《漢字之道》尤其適合對於漢字根源有興趣的學習者。囊括的 450 個漢字包含 Integrated Chinese《中文聽說讀寫》Level 1 Part 1 的生詞，為學習最佳良伴，亦適用於任何初級中文學習者。