Chinese Reading and Writing 1

About This Book

This book is the first step for non-Chinese speakers to learn Chinese reading and writing. 

Starting from strokes and stroke orders, this book introduces 70 characters, which are carefully selected based on their places in Chinese character occurrence frequency list and their places in Mandarin Express series. From stroke names to short Chinese texts, this book leads students on a path to gain essential knowledge on the Chinese writing system. 70 characters are expanded to 150 words, and the exercise sections include 83 sentences, 4 conversations, and 1 short paragraph.

The structure of the book includes a preparation chapter, five lessons, one review, and a stroke order chart. The preparation chapter introduces the basic elements of Chinese characters and some most frequently used ones. A special section is designed to show students that characters can be combined to make new words, an important characteristic of Chinese, which is further emphasised and dealt with in the subsequent lessons. Each lesson teaches a small number of characters and how to use these characters in Chinese texts. And the review section gives opportunities for students to consolidate the usages of all 70 characters, while the stroke order chart is for quick references. 

On completing this book, students will understand the potentiality of individual Chinese characters, the difference between characters and words, and enjoy a sense of achievement that only reading and writing Chinese can bring.


ISBN: 978-988-13831-0-5
Author: Zhang Xuehong
Edition: 2nd Edition
Publication time: 2014
Pages: 18

Book Aims

  • Understand strokes and stroke orders

  • Learn 70 most frequently used Chinese characters

  • Write simple sentences and conversations in Chinese

Chinese Reading and Writing textbook
Stage: Foundation
Duration: 15 class hours

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