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This dictionary is designed to help students understand, appreciate and remember Chinese characters. Charts show how each part of the more than 4000 characters in the dictionary can be traced back to about 200 simple pictographs and ideographs. Every character entry includes a brief traditional Chinese etymology based on the Shuowen Jiezi and commentaries on it that date back nearly 2000 years. Simplified forms for each character are given, though the dictionary is structured around traditional forms.

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This dictionary is aimed at serious beginning and intermediate students who want a more analytic approach to learning characters. Students who are only interested in the spoken language, and students who are only interested in simplified characters, would benefit more from other dictionaries. The dictionary is structured around traditional etymologies following the Shuowen Jiezi. While not always consistent with contemporary etymological research, these etymologies have been the traditional basis for learning characters for almost 2000 years and have in turn influenced the evolution of character meaning and structure.

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Rick Harbaugh started the dictionary many years ago while a graduate student in economics at National Taiwan University. He now teaches economics at Indiana University''s Kelley School of Business.

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4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Great reference but tricky to use.
Reviewed in the United States on November 22, 2016
UPDATE 2017: I''ve been using this for two years and oh my goodness has it gotten me out of some tough spots. When optical character recognition apps fail, this saves your skin. But be prepared to spend some time finding what you are looking for. I really wish they''d print a... See more
UPDATE 2017: I''ve been using this for two years and oh my goodness has it gotten me out of some tough spots. When optical character recognition apps fail, this saves your skin. But be prepared to spend some time finding what you are looking for. I really wish they''d print a new edition with higher-fidelity printing and a larger font because whoo-boy do you need a magnifying glass to see some of the character details.

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This is the only Chinese character text that shows the relationships between characters that I know of. It is, however a bit of a challenge to find a completely new character. If you know the pronunciation you can find it, but otherwise prepare to spend many minutes working through the indexes to find it.
Also, the characters are stylized differently depending on if they are in the tree or as an entry, which can make referencing things a bit tricky and or/make you doubt your sanity.
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This book is brilliant!
Reviewed in the United States on August 19, 2021
This book, Jongwen Zipu is plain brilliant! End of discussion. It is based on Shuowen Jiezi, the ultimate authority in the field of genealogy of Chinese characters. Shuowen Jiezi is a monumental compendium of some 5 to 20 volumes that can be purchased for about $1,000... See more
This book, Jongwen Zipu is plain brilliant! End of discussion.
It is based on Shuowen Jiezi, the ultimate authority in the field of genealogy of Chinese characters. Shuowen Jiezi is a monumental compendium of some 5 to 20 volumes that can be purchased for about $1,000 if you have access to a Chinese shopping platform, and it is all in Chinese. This book covering 4,000 most common characters is available right here for less than $20 and it is in English!
Contrary to some people''s perception, Jongwen Zipu is very well organized and is actually EASY to navigate. Of course, some learning curve is involved but that should be expected when dealing with the "most difficult writing system in the world." It does cover traditional characters, but the word "genealogy" in the title should hint at that. Besides, I agree with John DeFrancis that learning traditional characters is essential to fully understand Chinese writings.
This book is not just a useful reference for an advanced scholar but also an invaluable learning aid for a beginner. Most Chinese reading books from the start throw at you a deluge of different unrelated characters. Sure, they represent the most common basic words, but good luck trying to memorize them! In contrast, this book allows you to learn the characters systematically. I like going by radical, learning characters derived from, say "door" or "wood" or "woman". That allows for easy memorizing and shows common patterns allowing me to progress to the next radical. Sometimes I am asked: "Why are you learning these words? They are uncommon and unimportant." My answer is: "Because I can." I don''t have the time to waste on something that I cannot do.
Yeah, the print quality is not the best, but it is better than the fonts used on jongwen dot com, and it''s a twenty dollar book for crying out loud!
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Inaccurate, questionable to use as a reference
Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2019
I''ve been working on a research project that involves Classical Chinese etymology (I do not know Classical Chinese, so this is a rather insane undertaking), and have been referencing several sources as a result. While I am one of the few that loves the format, and size, of... See more
I''ve been working on a research project that involves Classical Chinese etymology (I do not know Classical Chinese, so this is a rather insane undertaking), and have been referencing several sources as a result. While I am one of the few that loves the format, and size, of this book, I have found several errors in interpretation that make using this as reference material challenging at best, and lacking in credibility at worst. Having to compare multiple sources for Harbaugh''s interpretation makes using this book frustrating, but it is much easier to navigate than Wieger!
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5 stars for the book, 1 star for the printing.
Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2019
I have not found a better Chinese dictionary. This book will really help you to read and understand Chinese. But you have to get the one that is printed in Taiwan not this one because the detail in this one is so poor you can''t read the characters in the definitions - they... See more
I have not found a better Chinese dictionary. This book will really help you to read and understand Chinese. But you have to get the one that is printed in Taiwan not this one because the detail in this one is so poor you can''t read the characters in the definitions - they look like blobs.
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B. Rodriguez
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Great for selfstudy and find characters relationships
Reviewed in the United States on August 2, 2021
Very nice organized dictionary, more than a simple order for radicals and phonetics part, this dictionary help to understand character through its components and its relationships with others characters. Also it have and English word index for easy search, and phonetic... See more
Very nice organized dictionary, more than a simple order for radicals and phonetics part, this dictionary help to understand character through its components and its relationships with others characters. Also it have and English word index for easy search, and phonetic index, in pinyin and bopomofo (Taiwan''s phonetics signs). Very useful for use alone or as companion of other books.
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Winston Kotzan
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A student''s best friend
Reviewed in the United States on December 11, 2005
I have been studying Chinese only for the past 10 months. Thanks to this handy reference book, my progress has been boosted significantly. The Chinese Characters Genealogy Reference (Zhongwen Zi Pu) is written specifically for English speakers taking on the challenge of... See more
I have been studying Chinese only for the past 10 months. Thanks to this handy reference book, my progress has been boosted significantly. The Chinese Characters Genealogy Reference (Zhongwen Zi Pu) is written specifically for English speakers taking on the challenge of learning to read Chinese. The search methodology is very organized, allowing the user to look up a word by the elements of its Chinese character, the pinyin spelling, or its English counterpart. Looking up words by the Chinese character can be tricky, but will become easier once you are familiar with how characters are broken down and organized in the genealogical chart. To get the full usage out of this book, it will take some practice looking up new characters.

I was astonished at how many words are packed in this small, portable book. While commuting on the train from work, I used this book as an aid in reading and understanding a Chinese newspaper. The compactness of the book itself really makes it easy to carry different places. In addition to definitions, many commonly used phrases are included.

A major weakness of the Genealogy reference is that it focuses on the traditional Chinese characters used by Taiwan. This presents a disadvantage for students learning the simplified versions of the characters used on mainland China. Although the simplified characters are presented along side the definitions, there is no way to reference a character starting with its simplified version. Nevertheless, this is a must-have reference for anyone serious about learning the Chinese language.
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M. Sharkansky
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Both an unorthodox and an excellent
Reviewed in the United States on October 24, 2005
A lot of praises was shed upon this book in the previous review and they are all deserved. The dictionary is the printed version of the author''s site which is also a great online reference for the Chinese characters and the language. The dictionary is fascinating... See more
A lot of praises was shed upon this book in the previous review and they are all deserved.
The dictionary is the printed version of the author''s site which is also a great online reference for the Chinese characters and the language.
The dictionary is fascinating by the insights of the character origin it gives (and it does not matter too much whether they are true historical/linguistical developments or just a learned guess). One can just read it as novel (well, almost...).
The dictionary structure of vocabules is quite novice and it gives an excellent view of the relations of characters with same parts/radicals/strokes.
Each character is uniquely numerated in a way that is takes less than a second to jump from a reference to the definition.
The dictionary is romanised by pin-yin which makes the pronunciation easily readable, its radical table closely follows the typical ones used in other dictionaries, it has simplified forms, very easy indices and is printed in a very clear type setting.
The fact that the dictionary uses the traditional characters and not the simplified ones is to its advantage: this is an etymological dictionary (not a translator''s aid) and it looks into the origins of the original - the simplified characters exist foremostly for the social benefits, while all the cultural and linguistic heritage is contained in the traditional characters only. So this book is definitely for a scholar, not for a broker that seeks to make an easy buck in the PRC...
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Rebecca Neilson
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Great Resource Book
Reviewed in the United States on May 9, 2020
I purchased this for a good friend from Hong Kong. She was working on her genealogy research and this book has been extremely helpful!
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Essential tool for students of Chinese
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 4, 2017
This book. I have bought and tried books by Alan Hoenig and James W. Heising, but their system was not based on actual etymology and, for me, made it unnecessarily complicated and I did not learn that much in the end. The crazy explanations were fun but I forgot them after...See more
This book. I have bought and tried books by Alan Hoenig and James W. Heising, but their system was not based on actual etymology and, for me, made it unnecessarily complicated and I did not learn that much in the end. The crazy explanations were fun but I forgot them after a while. I know they worked great for others though. Harbaugh took the traditional etymological explanations and put them in a structured form in this book. There is also a free website accompanying this book that makes it even easier to look up individual characters, but I prefer the book because it actually slows me down and also encourages discovery better. So, recently, when I came across a new character that I did not know, or I wanted to learn more about how it''s made up, I took the book and found it. It''s been great, I might be getting addicted to the book, even. I find it great fun to rediscover characters that I learned to write but have no idea why they are the way they are. Mind you, a lot of the explanations are simple and short, and for example state that the character has a semantic component that gives the character its meaning and the other part gives it its sound. It does not try to invent a story about the character that is untrue, this is not a book of mnemonics. I like it this way, however, it makes better sense for me. The book deals with traditional simplified (as opposed to simplified characters encouraged by Mao Zedong), because traditional characters make much better sense as to how they are constructed. Also traditional characters are just much prettier to look at, and in most cases easier to remember because, as I said, they make more sense. In conclusion, I find this book an essential tool for students of Chinese, and I wish I found this book earlier, not after 4 years of Chinese study.
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J. Washbrook
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Finding out about characters
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 24, 2004
This is a fascinating little reference book, a must. I only wish that the font was larger - small is fine for travelling, but not for study. (Also, for dictionary compilers: is there _any_ dictionary that has a radical chart on a fold out page for easy reference?)
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tonyh
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Excellent little dictionary, fascinating genealogy charts.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 12, 2009
Excellent little dictionary in its own right and light enough to carry around in your college bag. The genealogy charts are fascinating and really helpful when learning characters. Comprehensive set of indexes. Traditional characters with simplified given for reference.
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Daniel O
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Three Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 25, 2017
Some of the Chinese characters are too small.
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Interesting, but...
Reviewed in Italy on August 3, 2013
This is not a book for everyone. It''s an advanced book, well made, for people that have good knowledges in chinese language. Unfortunately I am not one of them and I am having several problems in using it. It does not contain grammar but is a Genealogy and dictionary book.See more
This is not a book for everyone. It''s an advanced book, well made, for people that have good knowledges in chinese language. Unfortunately I am not one of them and I am having several problems in using it. It does not contain grammar but is a Genealogy and dictionary book.
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