Enjoy Learning: Chinese Characters: Discover Their Hidden Meanings (2nd edition)

Enjoy Learning: Chinese Characters: Discover Their Hidden Meanings (2nd edition)

By: Kyung Yomg Kong (author), Kum Ho Park (author)Paperback

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Features pictures and jigsaw pieces - to learn written Chinese by learning the meaning of 235 characters that combine to form hundreds more. This book helps you understand the origin and usage of 235 Chinese characters. This is a new, highly visual, fun way - using pictures and jigsaw pieces - to learn written Chinese by learning the meaning of 235 characters that combine to form hundreds more. To say that characters are pictograms based on the shape of objects might make you think they must be memorized one by one. But as English has an alphabet, Chinese has about

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Because Chinese characters are commonly known as pictograms, most Chinese learners wonder if they can possibly learn thousands of characters. Some give up altogether and choose to learn only Pinyin, the romanized form of Chinese characters and so their use of the language becomes very limited. However, considering that the people who devised the Chinese language and most of the people who write and speak it every day are not geniuses, we have found a shortcut, an easier way, that would help people appreciate and learn the Chinese characters. This book has been written to share that secret with you! Countries that still use Chinese characters in their vocabulary are China (including Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore), Korea and Japan. China, for obvious reasons, uses it most often. The simplified characters are used in China and Singapore, whereas Taiwan and Hong Kong use the original complicated characters. Japan uses a mix of both. Korea has her own alphabet Hangul, but up to 60% of the vocabulary has borrowed meaning from Chinese characters. Therefore, if you don t know them, it is very hard for you to understand their true meanings. For these reasons, many researches on Chinese characters have been carried out mostly in China, Korea and Japan. We have taken into account the opinions of scholars from these three countries and shortlisted 3,500 characters, which outnumbers the 2,633 characters in the HSK Level 1-6 characters list. This book contains 1,160 characters that explain about the most frequently-used 856 characters including 623 characters in the HSK Level 1-3 list. Chinese characters are based on inscriptions found on bones and tortoise carapaces used in the 14th and 12th century B.C. centuries. In the 6th and 7th centuries, they were said to have been passed on to nations in the Korean peninsula at that time, and then passed on to Japan. All languages change with time and Chinese was no exception. The usage of Chinese characters in Korea and Japan retain the original form and meaning of when they were passed on, so it was very helpful to have the input of scholars from the three countries. This book is an attempt to compile the opinions of scholars from these three countries, and the authors personal interpretations of the inscriptions on bronze, bones and tortoise carapaces to explain the origin of the characters. The authors aim is to help our readers understand the characters, not to become scholars in their own right. But that does not mean this book is a pet project. It is intended to help readers further understand the meanings of all Chinese characters."

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9788997134090
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 544
  • ID: 9788997134090
  • weight: 803
  • ISBN10: 8997134094
  • edition: 2nd edition

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