This dictionary refers to the 3,000 essential Chinese characters. We have arranged these characters according to their spelling in the Hanyu Pinyin phonetic system. To help students learn and practice characters, each is accompanied by a stroke-by-stroke diagram. Contained in each entry are the simplified and traditional forms of each character, Hanyu Pinyin and Zhuyin Fuhao (Mandarin Phonetic Symbols) phonetic systems, radicals, stroke numbers, phrases, idioms, and English definitions. For greater ease of use and flexibility, there are four indices to the dictionary: Pinyin, Zhuyin, stroke number, and frequency. If one learns the 3,000 characters in this dictionary, one will be able to recognize 99 percent of the characters published in various Chinese media.