Understanding Chinese Characters by Their Ancestral Forms
Ping-gam Go reveals the meaning of Chinese characters by means of their ancestral forms. He unveils the mystery of Chinese writing by providing and describing the historical pictograph for each character, thus aiding the reader to identify, learn and memorize Chinese characters. The reader will discover that it takes little effort and imagination to understand the most common and widely used characters. Go provides a full-color photo survey of San Francisco's Chinatown and a dictionary of 288 Chinese characters. The book includes: ? Character finder, divided into simple, intermediate, and complex categories ? Dictionary of 288 characters, containing Mandarin and Cantonese pronunciation, ancestral pictograph, traditional Chinese character, definition, with cross references to the Chinatown photo section ? A full-color photographic survey of a walking tour through San Francisco Chinatown Content is identical to the 3rd edition except for the new cover and foreword.
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This is one of my favorite Chinese character books as I study China's written language in my normal haphazard way. Pages 3 through 14 were the most helpful, disussing the development of the characters and their current written form. There are many photographs and I believe I found most of the businesses while wandering around San Francisco a few years back. This book is very helpful- a starting point to navigating chinese signs.
The only real downside to this book is that the pages quickly slip their binding.