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The Second 100 Chinese Characters: Simplified Character Edition: The Quick and Easy Method to Learn the Second 100 Most Basic Chinese Characters Paperback – Jun 15 2007

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Csm Blg edition (June 15 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804838313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804838313
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #705,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Alison Matthews is a statistician who has worked in the oil, aviation, tourism, medical and software industries.

Laurence Matthews is the author of the Kanji Fast Finder and Chinese Character Fast Finder books.

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Another Matthews' Mess, 100's of Pinyin Errors,

April 16, 2010

By Dà Máo Hóuzi

Where to start, 100's of Pinyin errors, yes hundreds!

And the cover!, Alison, Lawrence, do you have an editor?

Three errors on your front cover!!!!!!

And then 6 errors on the back cover page!!!

next time try "Hanyu", "Pinyin and "Romanizations".

Okay, a little tip for writing Hanyu Pinyin. (note the capitalisation on
proper nouns.) You don't cover the rules in your book so I will help you.

I will use simple English.

If two or more Chinese characters are compiled to form a word, the Hanyu Pinyin reflects this.

let me help you with examples

you write zen3 me yang4
however, the correct is zen3me yang4

you have about 600 errors like this, and another 600 in the index!!

now you have made hundreds of errors like this!!!

a new record!!!!!

This could have been a good book if the authors knew more about Chinese language. The effort is incomplete and lacks the essentials to develop good character writing skills.

This book does very little very well. There are absolutely no;

1) no Rules of Hanyu Pinyin
2) no Rules of Grammar
3) no Rules of Pronunciation
4) no list of named Strokes
5) incomplete rules of stroke order

in addition, there are hundreds of Hanyu Pinyin errors.

There are only 4 rules of stroke order mentioned, grossly inadequate.

There are no write over practice drills, just typically 3 huge characters in 48 size font to copy. This does not give the student an opportunity to anchor the motor skills for each character.
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HASH(0x9a61ee10) out of 5 stars 'The Second 100 Chinese Characters' vs. '250 Essential Chinese Characters (Vol. 1)' July 27 2008
By Ozymandias - Published on
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In general, this book delivers exactly what it claims. Though it only contains 100 characters, it's slim and light weight so it's easy to carry around so you can practice on it when you have a few moments to spare waiting for the train (or what have you). It's rather wide though, so unless you're carrying a large purse or a backpack, it's weight is a moot issue.

The most redeeming aspect of this book is the way it presents each character. While Tuttle's other series '250 Essential Chinese Characters for Everyday Use' also provides the stroke order, it doesn't indicate which direction the stroke should be drawn. In many cases this is actually quite important, especially for beginners aiming to gain proficiency. If you purchase an electronic Chinese-English translator, for example, you won't be able to find the English definitions for Chinese characters with many models. I'm currently living in China, and I've had various people (some of them strangers) literally stop me in the middle of drawing a character and correct the direction of my pen.

Moreover, for students who have never drawn any of these characters before, the gridded boxes provided under each character are particularly helpful. The grids help with drawing the correct proportions, and this feature is absent in the '250 Essential Chinese Characters for Everyday Use' series. However, the boxes are pretty big, so you're learning how to draw the characters about 4 times the size you would normally write them. It's like writing the letter 'A' in size 42 font. Still, for a beginner, that might be best.

That having been said, the 'related compounds and phrases containing each character to assist vocabulary building' included in this book are actually quite limited and of little practical use. For example, the word Hui in 'The Second 100 Chinese Charcaters" gives the character and the definitions (1.return 2.turn around). Then the phrases and compounds are listed (in both chinese and English)

1. hui jia --- return home; 2. hui lai -- come back; 3. hui da -- answer 4. hui xiang--- recollect; 5. xia hui -- next time; 6. na hui-- take back/recover.

This is an example where the book is somewhat vague. Does 'hui da' mean TO answer (a verb) or AN answer (a noun)? There are no sentences in the book so you have to use other reference materials to find out for sure.

Moreover, I found that the characters selected for this book, while useful, aren't necessarily the most common.

In general this is excellent for practicing and learning how to draw characters, but it doesn't offer much practical help in knowing how to apply them. I purchased the First and Second '100 Chinese Characters' in addition to 'Volume 1 of 250 Essential Chinese Characters for Everyday Use'. I recommend buying both, but if you have to choose between one or the other, you get more for your money with '250 Essential Characters'. That book also includes stroke order (but not stroke direction) and moreover it includes other definitions with COMPLETE SENTENCES, quizzes, and review sections. Moreover I've found that '250 Essential Characters' offers a better, more useful selection of characters.
HASH(0x9b44d138) out of 5 stars "how to" book about Chinese characters Dec 14 2013
By Joel Bjorling - Published on
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Chinese characters can be a bear. For a long time, I had no idea how people learned (or remembered) them. This book takes the stingers out. It is available in two volumes. The characters are presented in bold type. There are detailed instructions on how to write them. (A professor of Chinese once told me that this was very important--know the stroke order!) This book also gives sample words showing how the characters are used. I use these books along with a text book. If I need to know how to write a particular character (remember the stroke order!), this book will show you. If you are mystified or intimidated by Chinese characters, this is your book!
HASH(0x9dd2baec) out of 5 stars Clearly written guide for beginners. Feb. 21 2015
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Very nicely done. I especially like the stroke directions and practice section. What I didn't find was how to write some of the common greetings, etc. I make my own greeting cards and hoped to find out how to write things like "happy birthday". The authors did explain radicals and how to combine them with other characters. Suppose I will write my greetings with a Japanese accent.
HASH(0x9b44d18c) out of 5 stars I love to learn chinese Dec 4 2013
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Its great, you have excellent vocabulary, exercise sheets and I think for a beginner its just GREAT! I found it very useful.
HASH(0x9a624780) out of 5 stars Very helpful! Sept. 28 2014
By J Wong - Published on
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See my review of The First 100 Chinese Characters.