May 2024 update

Again a new update, and already uploaded and available for ordering. Most important changes:

  • The Preface was adapted and split into several paragraphs: “Who is this book for?”; “When to start with this book?”; “What are the benefits?”: “How to use it?”
  • The section “How to use the CCD?” was made more clear with the help of some headings.
  • The section “Test Yourself” was split into two main groups: traditional characters and simplified characters. Both groups were split into several levels. For the group of traditional characters, the vocabulary list of the Taiwanese TOCFL exam was used. Several examples are given for each level. The same principle was applied to the group of simplified characters with the help of the new (2024) HSK vocabulary list.
  • The characters 冀 (jì) and 驥 (jì) were moved from section 7 to section 14, where they have become members of the series headed by 異. The reason is that 北 acts as radical in these characters, with 異 as phonetic.  This may seem very unusual, but it makes sense, as 冀 originally stood for 冀州, the Northern Continent, one of the nine continents mentioned in ancient texts. Its present meaning is ‘to hope for’. A reference has been inserted at its former place to guide users to its new location.

These changes were made in the e-book edition of the CCD. The other editions will be adapted a.s.a.p..

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After ten years working as database programmer in the Netherlands, I moved to China in 1991 and began to study Chinese. During my study of the language I started to develop my own character dictionary to help me with looking up and remembering characters. In 2016 it was self-published through Amazon. Since 2018 I have been living in Hong Kong, while still working on the dictionary and trying to get attention for it among potential customers.

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