Useful Resources

Kangxi radicals

The following two resources may come handy if you come across these characters when reading Chinese.

214 Kangxi Radicals

You will find listed on this page the traditional 214 Kangxi radicals that are used by most Chinese dictionaries to organize their content, a bit like the 26 letters of the alphabet are used to order words in a Western dictionary.

Heavenly stems and Earthly Branches

In ancient China, heavenly stems and earthly branches were used to form a calendar system based on a sexagenary cycle. Nowadays, heavenly stems are mostly used in enumerations while earthly branches are used for the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac.

Order for writing Chinese characters

Although the Chinese Blockbuster series does not show you how to write characters but rather how to read them, having some basic notions regarding the order in which strokes are written is useful. The reason is because this order is reflected in the order in which the building blocks are presented and listed under each character.

Building Blocks

The building blocks defined in the Chinese Blockbuster series, ordered sequentially according to their respective character number and grouped by book numbers.

Index 1: Character Meanings (Real And Fictitious)

A list of definitions (real and fictitious) of the characters and building blocks covered in the Chinese Blockbuster series, along with their respective character number.

Index 2: Character Pronunciations, Ordered By Pinyin

A list of pronunciations in pinyin of the characters and building blocks covered in the Chinese Blockbuster series, along with their respective character number.

User guide for the printed version

The user guide for the printed version of the Chinese Blockbuster series.

User guide for the E-book

The user guide for the E-book version of the Chinese Blockbuster series.