Understanding Chinese Characters by Their Ancestral Forms

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Simplex Publications, 1995 - Chinese language - 128 pages
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The principal unit of a Chinese character, called the Radical (RADIX-root), gives the general meaning of the character. Most of the time, it is placed on the left-hand side of the character. The 5,000 characters are arranged ALPHABETICALLY according to the English names of their Radicals. Mr. Go (author of "Understanding Chinese Characters by Their Ancestral Forms") found that over 3,000 characters (about 60%) can be found knowing only 27 simple, easy-to-recognize Radicals (such as Man, Hand, Mouth, Water, Tree). A Rapid Access Index allows the user to have immediate access to the character by recognizing a second writing-unit. There are 214 writing-units in total & their English meanings are explained on the basis of their ancestral forms. The dictionary also contains the SIMPLIFIED & ROMANIZED (so called "PINYIN") forms of the characters now officially being used in the People's Republic of China. This is certainly a book that should be on the shelf of the reference section of all libraries. Phone orders accepted: (415) 564-5494.

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Ping-Gam was born in Java, Indonesia, he traveled abroad for his education, earning his Bachelor of Science in physics and mathematics from the University of Amsterdam. He also has a degree in geology and did postgraduate work at the Imperial College of Science & Technology in London. After working for the Indonesian Geological Survey in Java, he returned to Amsterdam, where he worked as a science editor of Elsevier Publishing Company.

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