Chinese
Chinese
Chinese
Paperback      ISBN: 0521296536

This general introduction to the study of Chinese traces the language's history from its beginnings in the second millennium B.C. to the present, and provides a clear picture of the contemporary language and its sociolinguistic status. Chinese, in its numerous dialects, has more speakers than any other language in the modern world, and this vast extension in time and space brings to its study an exceptional complexity. Nevertheless, Norman's crisp organization and lucid elegance make this extraordinary range of material easily accessible even to those with an elementary understanding of linguistics. Chinese includes information on the genetic and typological connections of the language, the writing system, the classical and early vernacular tongues, the modern language and non-standard dialects, and the history of linguistic reform in China.

Chinese: A Comprehensive Grammar
Chinese
A Comprehensive Grammar
2nd Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 1138840173

Chinese: A Comprehensive Grammar is a complete reference guide to Chinese grammar which presents a fresh and accessible description of the language, concentrating on the real patterns of use in modern Chinese.

The volume is organized to promote a thorough understanding of Chinese grammar. It offers a stimulating analysis of the complexities of the language and provides full and clear explanations. Throughout, the emphasis is on Chinese as used by present-day native speakers. An extensive index and numbered paragraphs provide readers with easy access to the information they require.

The new edition features a revised and expanded chapter on prosody (Prosody and Syntax), as well as four completely new chapters:

- Morphology and Syntax (I) looks at Chinese word formation

- Morphology and Syntax (II) explores the interaction between words, expressions and sentences

- Intralingual Transpositions reviews the possible conversions between sentential constructions

- Interlingual Conversions examines the differences between Chinese and English.

The Grammar is an essential reference source for the adult learner and user of Chinese. It is ideal for independent study and for use in schools, colleges, universities and adult classes, up to an advanced level.

Chinese Character Fast Finder
Chinese Character Fast Finder
Paperback      ISBN: 0804836345
This Chinese character reference book employs a revolutionary and user-friendly new way to look up characters by appearance rather than radical.

In order to completely learn Chinese, a knowledge of characters is necessary. Chinese characters are fascinating, but can be frustrating. In particular, looking them up in a typical Chinese dictionary can be a nightmare, as there is no 'alphabetical order.' Reading Chinese as well as writing Chinese requires referencing dozens of characters. Typical Chinese-English Dictionaries and Chinese character dictionaries often take a long time to look up a particular character. With Chinese Character Fast Finder you can find a character in seconds from its appearance alone. From the finder chart inside the front cover, you can turn to the correct page immediately, and finding the character on that page has also been made as simple as possible. As an optional feature you can make a double thumbnail index to speed things up even more. The fast finder is designed primarily for serious Chinese language learners of modern simplified Chinese (Mandarin Chinese) and serves as a quick reference for experts, but is also well suited for beginners with no previous experience, or people who wish to dip into characters, browse, or simply discover what a street sign means. With this book you can:
  • Find characters quickly, reliably and intuitively– from their visual appearance alone.
  • Quickly check the meanings, pronunciations, stroke-counts and radical characters.
  • Look up traditional characters to see how they have been simplified.
  • Look up newly encountered characters or check on those you have temporarily forgotten.
  • Find elusive characters more easily in large character dictionaries.
  • Simply browse and explore, comparing similar characters.
  • Lists 3,200 characters, including all those prescribed for the Chinese government's official HSK Language Proficiency Test (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi).
This book contains hints and suggestions on finding kanji but the system is so intuitive that you will be able to use it immediately and with very little guidance. By the time you have looked up half a dozen characters, you will appreciate the speed with which you can locate kanji in the Fast Finder.
Chinese Character Writing for Dummies
Chinese Character Writing for Dummies
Paperback      ISBN: 1119475538

Learn to write 100 characters in Chinese

Billions of people worldwide speak Chinese--and now you can learn to write 100 characters in the world's most-spoken language Whether you're taking a course, looking to get ahead at work, or just want to up the ante when you're communicating with Chinese-speaking family and friends, Chinese Character Writing For Dummies gets you up to speed fast.

This workbook will guide your first steps in learning Chinese characters. It contains 100 basic characters, including 44 simple characters (pictograms and symbols) and 56 composite characters (ideograms and ideo-phonograms). It helps you little by little to familiarize yourself with the pieces of the puzzle most frequently used, as well as some basic Chinese writing rules.

  • Offers online bonus content that includes instructional videos, downloadable flashcards, and printable writing pages
  • Shows you how to write 100 Chinese characters
  • Provides instruction for beginners, students, and lifelong learners
  • Gives you helpful tips on how to memorize characters
Speaking Chinese will take you far--and learning to write some of the most common characters will only take you farther Find out how Chinese Character Writing For Dummies can help you today
Chinese Characters: Their Origin, Etymology, History, Classification and Signfication. a Thorough Study from Chinese Documents
Chinese Characters
Their Origin, Etymology, History, Classification and Signfication. a Thorough Study from Chinese Documents
Paperback      ISBN: 0486213218

For at least 2,000 years Chinese scholars have conducted research into the writing system. In addition to the study of origins and the processes by which new characters are created, Chinese scholarship has been especially interested in creating a rational classification of characters for dictionary use, which would show historical relationships, idea relationships, and phonetic features. This volume, by one of the most profound Sinologists of the twentieth century, summarizes such traditional Chinese scholarship and carries research farther into the analysis of the writing system.
The heart of this book is a series of etymological lessons, in which approximately 2,300 Chinese characters are classified according to 224 "primitives" upon which they are based. For each character Father Wieger gives the modern form, its archaic form, literary pronunciation (Wade system), explanations of origin, semantic content of component parts, related characters, variant forms, quotations of classical usage, and similar material. The explanations of symbolic content are particularly rich, and gather the most important traditional explanations (especially the Shuo-w n of Hs -shih) as well as the author's own research.
To make his book more useful Father Wieger has also incorporated a tremendous number of reading aids for the student: listings of the primitives; an index of the characters analyzed, arranged by number of strokes; a listing of 858 phonetic elements, arranged by number of strokes; a listing of about 10,000 characters by phonetic element; a lexicon by transliteration, comprising about 7,000 characters; and a lexicon of about 10,000 characters according to the customary modern system of 214 radicals devised by K'ang-hsi. With this most extensive apparatus students can locate any character they are likely to meet. Indeed, this supplementary material is so useful that it serves the purpose of a dictionary in its own right.
Recent archeological research has, for the most part, sustained the historical analyses of traditional Chinese scholarship and Father Wieger. For the student, however, more important than the historical and classificatory concerns of the book are the analyses of characters in semantic terms. In the Far East analysis of characters has long been taught in such terms, but unfortunately this very valuable mnemonic technique has been largely overlooked in the West. With Wieger's book, however, both teachers and students will find learning easier and more lasting when phonetic components are understood and the relationships are perceived between various characters, between original forms and present forms, and between idea and symbol. Father Wieger's book is an indispensable aid to every student of Chinese and Japanese.

Chinese Demystified: A Self-Teaching Guide
Chinese Demystified
A Self-Teaching Guide
Chinese    Paperback      ISBN: 007147725x

Learning Chinese is a no-brainer with Demystified

Chinese Demystified walks you step by step through the fundamentals and moves on to more advanced topics. Each chapter concludes with a self-test that allows you to track your progress, and a comprehensive final exam at the end of the book gives instant feedback on new language skills. The book includes characters in simplified and traditional formats along with pinyin phonetic translation for easy pronunciation.

Chinese for Dummies
Chinese for Dummies
Paperback      ISBN: 1119475449

The fun way to learn to speak Chinese

With more than 1.2 billion speakers across the globe -- and with nearly 3 million in the U.S. alone -- Mandarin Chinese claims the top spot as the world's most common language. If you want to learn this language to get ahead at school or work, or to make your travel to China easier, this is the handy reference you'll want by your side.

Chinese For Dummies teaches basic grammar, as well as the necessary vocabulary to make introductions and greetings, use proper etiquette, make small talk, make transportation arrangements, order food and beverages, ask directions, deal with money, shop, access recreation, and handle an emergency.

  • Concentrates on Mandarin Chinese and features new and revised content
  • Includes major updates to all the necessary foundational information needed to speak Chinese
  • Covers grammar, verb conjugations, and pronunciations
  • Offers a refreshed mini-dictionary complete with even more vocabulary
  • Find free conversational audio tracks online

As the Chinese economy continues to grow, the importance of Chinese as a trade language will also increase. If you're a student or business professional who has a basic understanding of the language, you'll be poised to surpass your peers when it comes to dealing with international markets. So get started today

Chinese Handwriting Recognition: An Algorithmic Perspective
Chinese Handwriting Recognition
An Algorithmic Perspective
Paperback      ISBN: 3642318118

Designing machines that can read handwriting like human beings has been an ambitious goal for more than half a century, driving talented researchers to explore diverse approaches. Obstacles have often been encountered that at first appeared insurmountable but were indeed overcome before long. Yet some open issues remain to be solved. As an indispensable branch, Chinese handwriting recognition has been termed as one of the most difficult Pattern Recognition tasks. Chinese handwriting recognition poses its own unique challenges, such as huge variations in strokes, diversity of writing styles, and a large set of confusable categories. With ever-increasing training data, researchers have pursued elaborate algorithms to discern characters from different categories and compensate for the sample variations within the same category. As a result, Chinese handwriting recognition has evolved substantially and amazing achievements can be seen. This book introduces integral algorithms used in Chinese handwriting recognition and the applications of Chinese handwriting recogniers. The first part of the book covers both widespread canonical algorithms to a reliable recognizer and newly developed scalable methods in Chinese handwriting recognition. The recognition of Chinese handwritten text is presented systematically, including instructive guidelines for collecting samples, novel recognition paradigms, distributed discriminative learning of appearance models and distributed estimation of contextual models for large categories, in addition to celebrated methods, e.g. Gradient features, MQDF and HMMs. In the second part of this book, endeavors are made to create a friendlier human-machine interface through application of Chinese handwriting recognition. Four scenarios are exemplified: grid-assisted input, shortest moving input, handwritten micro-blog, and instant handwriting messenger. All the while, the book moves from basic to more complex approaches, also providing a list for further reading with literature comments.

Chinese in 10 Minutes a Day: Language Course for Beginning and Advanced Study. Includes Workbook, Flash Cards, Sticky Labels, Menu Guide, Software
Chinese in 10 Minutes a Day
Language Course for Beginning and Advanced Study. Includes Workbook, Flash Cards, Sticky Labels, Menu Guide, Software
Paperback      ISBN: 1931873356

A trip to China is magical, especially when you can speak the language. So before you visit the Great Wall, take the first step here. This book with its new digital download is a complete and fun, hands-on language learning experience. Useful study tools, fun interactive computer games and easy-to-use English phonetics make learning Chinese effortless and enjoyable. And with a focus on practical words and phrases, you'll be able to order a meal, shop for those incredible bargains and find your way around town, with absolute ease. Spend just "10 minutes a day" with this program and you'll be speaking Chinese in no time

The "10 minutes a day" Program
  • The "10 minutes a day" proven methodology guarantees success--all you have to do is set aside 10 minutes and you'll be on your way. Why 10 minutes a day? Because 10 minutes is doable, it fits easily into your life and it's not overwhelming.

  • The program is created so that you can work at your own pace. You set the pace and you decide when you're ready to move to the next Step.

  • The book is purposely designed to look like a child's workbook--it's not intimidating or overwhelming. Instead, it's approachable and engaging for everyone at any age.

  • The book covers material equivalent to more than a year of high school Chinese or the 1st quarter of Chinese at university.

  • The vocabulary hones in on key essential words that you'll actually use when traveling. You'll learn Key Question Words so you can ask for what you need; money and numbers so you can shop and pay bills; directions so you can get to your destination smoothly, and so much more that will make your experience abroad enjoyable.

  • Study aids and fun activities such as word games, puzzles and interactive modules are academically designed and strategically interwoven into the program to help you succeed.

  • Contents include
  • The 132-page illustrated workbook: Use the book to guide you, step-by-step, through learning and speaking Mandarin Chinese.

  • Full color throughout: Visually engages you and is conducive to learning quickly.

  • Digital download of "10 minutes a day" language learning software: Use the interactive modules to hear the words, practice and play, track your score and have fun (PC and Mac friendly)

  • 150 Sticky Labels (both in the book and for your computer): Place the Sticky Labels around the house and office to learn new words without any extra time or effort. Use the interactive Sticky Labels module on your computer to hear the words, review, keep track of your score and improve.

  • Ready-made Flash Cards (both in the book and for your computer): Take the ready-made flash cards with you and review your vocabulary on the go. Use the interactive Flash Card module on your computer to hear the words, practice and test yourself.

  • Cut-out Menu Guide: Practice at your local restaurant and take it on your trip.

  • Pronunciation Guide: With the Guide and simple phonetics above each Chinese word, it's easy for native English speakers to begin speaking Chinese with the correct pronunciation.

  • Glossary of over 2,000 new words, definitions, and pronunciation: So you can quickly look up a Chinese word, its pronunciation and definition.
  • Chinese in 10 Minutes a Day with CD-ROM
    Chinese in 10 Minutes a Day with CD-ROM
    Chinese    Paperback      ISBN: 1931873011

    A trip to China is magical, especially when you can speak the language. So, before you visit the Great Wall or stroll the streets of Beijing and Shanghai, take the first step with CHINESE in 10 minutes a day with CD-ROM. This book and interactive CD-ROM combo is a complete, and fun, hands-on language learning experience. Useful study tools, fun interactive games and easy-to-use English phonetics make learning Chinese effortless and enjoyable. And with a focus on practical words and phrases, you'll be able to order a meal, shop for those incredible bargains and find your way around town, with absolute ease Spend just in 10 minutes a day with this program and you'll be speaking Chinese in no time