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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies


These pages present some information about the Chinese language for you to review before coming up to Cambridge for the start of the Michaelmas Term.

This preparatory information is specific to the language-learning element of the course and sits alongside the general Preparatory Reading List for Chinese Studies.

We recommend that you review the preparatory information in the following order:

  1. Introduction to pinyin
  2. Introduction to Chinese characters
  3. Sixty most commom radicals
  4. [PDF to print out and complete]
  5.  [PDF to print out and complete]
  6.  [PDF to print out and complete]
  7.  [PDF to print out]
  8. Required textbooks