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This volume contains seventy sayings relating to the human body and its development. There are many similarities and differences between the East and the West, which become evident through out this book. The order of the sayings arranged according to the number of strokes in the first character. The meaning of each word in a saying is provided along with the literal English translation. The idiomatic meaning and English equivalents are provided where applicable. To help the readers to pronounce the sayings accurately, two sets of transcription are provided: Hanyu Pinyin for modern standard Chinese and the Yale systems for Cantonese. The "Note" section includes remarks, nuances of the saying's usage in different situations and additional information. For the reader's advantage, simplified Chinese characters and Pinyin are used throughout the book. When it comes to a saying with several meanings, the widely used definition will be pointed out. For words that are look alike or have similar pronunciation, they would be listed out for clarification. In the "Related Vocabulary" section, Pinyin and English definition is included on the sayings for words and phrases that are commonly use and closely related to words.
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"Pictorial Chinese Saying" is a series with 8 volumes: 1 to 10,000, The Animal World, The Plant World, The Physical Self, Towards Nature, and A Tale to Tell (Part 1), (Part 2) and (Part 3). Each volume categorizes the nature of the sayings itself; convenient to learn related words and phrases. There are over 1,000 sayings, including synonyms and antonyms, and 2,500 related vocabulary words in the whole series. Illustrations, photos of cultural relics and a brief Chinese chronology chart are inserted to deepen the understanding of the saying itself.From the Author:
The focus of this series is, to provide interesting supplementary materials for those: who are learning the Chinese language, business professionals who are doing business with the Chinese, and general readers who are interested in the Chinese culture. The sayings, which are commonly used in Chinese language in writing and daily conversation, reflect parts of the Chinese philosophies, history, myths and customs. For over two thousand years, literary gems, historical events, heroic exploits, and philosophical sayings have been condensed into succinct phrases, often no more than four words long. They are familiar not only to the educated class, but also to the common folks. In learning Chinese, acquiring a good knowledge of these sayings is a vital part not to be overlooked by any serious learner. Simplified character is used in text because it is an official form in China, while traditional or complex characters with Cantonese pronunciation are provided in the appendix for reference. Many people learn Chinese in simplified characters because it is easier to master and more widely used. However, people in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and some Chinese communities in other countries are still using the traditional characters and it is helpful for those who would go into further study of Chinese classic and literatures. Cantonese, the regional dialect of the southern province of Guangdong, is widely used in Hong Kong and among numerous Chinese overseas. This series is not only useful to people who are studying Chinese and those who are interested in Chinese culture, but it is also serve as a handy reference. I hope you will enjoy it.
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