Mastering Chinese Characters

Mastering Chinese Characters – A Modern Approach  汉字图解学习手册

  • A modern approach to mastering 300 basic characters.
  • A unique cartoon drawing for each character aids recollection.
  • The formation of each character is learnt by the novel method of listening to and repeating a catchphrase.
  • Pupils on average learn each character within 5 minutes.

This handbook is suitable for:
– Beginners living in English-speaking countries
– Beginners who speak English but reside in other countries
– Beginners living in China for whom English is their first language
– Beginners living in China who speak English adequately
– Chinese language teachers living in China or abroad

This handbook contains 300 characters:
Reasons behind this selection:
– They are the most frequently used Chinese characters
– When the character exists in both full and simplified scripts, an explication is only given for the latter
– Most of the characters included are part of the official syllabus of the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) for beginner and intermediate students.

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A  Cross-Reference

The following table provides a cross-reference between the 300 characters in the book  Mastering Chinese Characters:  A Modern Approach and the characters required for HSK exams   (1-3) and other exams in the U.K

  • The Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì (HSK),translated as Chinese Proficiency Test, is China only standardized test of Standard Chinese language proficiency for non-native speakers, such as foreign students, overseas Chinese, and members of ethnic minority groups in China.
  • The new YCT (Youth Chinese Test) test was launched by Hanban in an effort to encourage foreign young students to learn Chinese and improve their Chinese language proficiency.
  • GCSE Chinese Exam in the U.K.
  • SOAS, University of London (the School of Oriental and African Studies) first year textbook Colloquial Chinese P C T’ung and D E Pollard (Routledge 1982)

Author / Editor: 苏立群 David Su Liqun     Publisher: The Commercial Press 商务印书馆    Language: English     Binding: Paperback    Date of print for the third edition : April 2017