Pictorial Chinese Sayings, Vol. 1: 1 to 10,000 (With Pinyin)
Andre Loo/Dent-Young (translated)
Silk Road Press
104 pag. paperback 14 x 21 cm 1997
This is the first volume in the "Pictorial Chinese Saying" Series. There are seventy popular sayings beginning with a number are collected in this volume. The order of the sayings are presented numerically in ascending order for easy reading. This is ideal for beginners to learn Chinese because of the strokes of the numeral characters in Chinese are fewer than other characters. 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.