Chinese Characters: Their Art and Wisdom
Perhaps the oldest surviving system of writing, Chinese symbols and characters are recognized throughout the Far East despite the numerous variations in spoken language. Fluid and philosophical, each Chinese character reveals a particular thought process. More than simply written symbols, each one is an expression of philosophy and art.
In this remarkable guide, a complicated language is made totally accessible. Detailed pictographs reveal insight into the origins and evolution of individual Chinese characters, uncovering important changes that have occurred over time. The meaning and formation of today's most commonly used Chinese characters are described, accompanied by concise notes and clear illustrations. Instruction on proper pronunciation and tone is also included. Easy to understand and enormously fascinating, this reference is perfectly suited for anyone interested in exploring and learning the basics of Chinese written language.
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