Chinese Characters

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Simple Art of Chinese Calligraphy by Qu Lei Lei

The book is a thin book made up of 128 pages (each page is eight by ten).   The publication‘s size gives the beginner a better view of the Chinese character and the basic Chinese 8 strokes that one must learn to write properly.  This book not only provides the reader with a complete guide to writing Chinese characters but includes: making Chinese calligraphy fans, making decorative cards, bamboo books, paper cutting, mounting Chinese calligraphy, writing on Tee shirts, making Chinese scrolls and making Chinese seals. The author also goes into great detail to show the reader the 4 treasures of the studio namely: the brush, the ink, the paper and the ink stone.  A brief history is also given with pictures of some of the greatest Chinese styles of Chinese calligraphy.   The book is really very impressive and I would highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the art of Chinese Calligraphy.  see

Friday, November 25, 2011

The Chinese Calligraphy Bible by Yat-Ming Cathy Ho

I bought this book on Chinese Calligraphy some time ago on  The book is an excellent book on Chinese Calligraphy covering all aspects.  The book is great for both beginner and advanced!  For the advanced reader it’s a great reference guide.  For the beginner, the book introduces the reader to the 4 treasures of the calligraphy studio, stroke order, history & styles of calligraphy, and introduction to important Chinese characters.  The author shows how to write a good number of Chinese characters arranging them into various categories.  The basic Chinese stroke is shown with great detail.  The pictures are amazing and the author even introduces the Chinese seal and Chinese painting!  I would highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to know about Chinese Calligraphy or anyone wanting a great reference on the subject.
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Monday, December 22, 2008

Great New Book for Chinese Grammar

I found this book amazing for learning Chinese or as a reference guide! The book has both traditional & simplified Chinese characters. This is very helpful since you should be familiar with both. The reader is exposed to every aspect of the language: parts of speech, sentence structure, addressing letters & envelopes, greetings, apologies, sympathy, new words for current technology (fax, email, internet etc.) just to name a few! I was very happy to use this book which satisfied all my expectations. I would highly recommend this book to anyone serious about learning Chinese. I would also recommend the book as a reference guide for those who already know Chinese.
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Monday, April 23, 2007

Two More Great Chinese Books

I found these exceptional Chinese books!

"Reading & Writing Chinese"- this is a great book to learn Chinese characters.

The second book, "Chinese Characters A Genealogy and Dictionary" is one of a kind!
Don't be fooled by the cover, this book gives the English meaning of each character. The book is one of a kind because unlike other dictionaries, this book shows the relationship of each character. Each character includes a brief break down, explaining the character's composition. The traditional character also have their simplified form along with English definition, and Mandarin pronunciation. You may also look up each character using different methods. This is a great book to help one remember the many Chinese characters. If you a familiar with the web site you will really love this book!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Another great book: The Eater's Guide to Chinese Characters

I wish I had this book when I was a teenager! The author, James D. McCawley did a great job.

The book has both Mandarin & Cantonese pronunciation and gives the reader a good understanding of Chinese food dishes and the Chinese Menu.

You may get this book from

Stephen C. Callender, MT(ASCP)

Saturday, January 28, 2006

New Version Of The Callender Family Tree Book

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

My Personal Chinese Seal

This is my personal Chinese seal; pronounced shi ti fun (Mandarin) or si tie fun (Cantonese).