Chinese Characters : A Systematic Approach consists of a set of three books : a textbook, practice book and teacher' s character reference.
The textbook comes in two volumes: the first covering basic knowledge of Chinese characters; the second, the meaning radicals and their corresponding characters, including 804 Level-B characters.
In order to study Chinese characters, one must understand them. This textbook gives an essential introduction to the formation of characters, their history, structure and unique qualities.
Thus, deepening the studentsunderstanding of the world of Chinese characters, helping to better understand them, finally mastering the correct method of study.
An important part of improving onesChinese level is learning characters and the intermediate level is a key period for increasing character recognition. The HSK (hanyu shuiping kaoshi) "Character Class Outline" separates commonly used characters that foreign students of Chinese should know into four classes ; Level-A ( 800 characters) , Level-B ( 804) , Level-C (601) and Level-D (700) . After many years of investigation, it has been found that upon completition of basic-level language training, students of Chinese (not including those with previous knowledge of characters, i. e. Korea, Japan, etc. ) , on average recognize 800 characters. This text plans to help students build on this base with an additional 804 Level-B characters, rapidly
increasing the number of characters able to be recognized. This can be linked with the student' s existing knowledge of Chinese characters, filling the student' s immediate need, as well as being able to be used with other intermediate level texts.
Chinese characters have three parts: shape ( xing 形)，sound (yin 音 -) and meaning (yi 义 ),each being a combination of these three components. This text uses these components to help the student master Chinese characters.
The trick to learning characters well is to master this systematic nature. This text exposes step by step, the System of shape, sound and meaning of Chinese characters, beginning with the
most important structural unit: the radical, helping the student to understand these aspects, especially that of meaning. The student can use this text to grasp the concept of "meaning" radicals," sound" radicals and their respective character groups, thus minimizing the effort required.
Study of Chinese characters must also be combined with words and sentence patterns. This book will help students, while studying the new 804 Level-B characters, to learn Class-B Class-C words composed of Class-B characters, along with their related sentence patterns. Therefore , this text not only teaches characters, but also has the added advantage of increasing knowledge of vocabulary and sentence structure.
Chinese characters are relatively difficult. Therefore, this text incorporates English translations of new words, explanation of "meaning" radicals and many effective exercises to help students more easily study Chinese characters.