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There is a renewed interest in understanding traditional Chinese language and culture. The Three Character Classic: A Bilingual Reader of China's ABCs serves that purpose. Known as San Zi Jing in Chinese, it has been a literacy text since the 13th century. The Three Character Classic has stood the test of time and space through its rich content as well as its literary beau ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Homa & Sekey Books (first published January 1st 1992)
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Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I liked most about this version of the Three Character Classic is that it includes background stories behind each saying. This explains the underlying thought and the meaning of the sayings and gives more information about the Traditional Chinese culture.

That being said, I would have liked a literal translation and a character dictionary, besides the character definitions near each saying, to help me learn the characters themselves.

I hope Ph.D. Gray will work on more Chinese classics, such
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“人之初 - 性本善。
Men at birth - Naturally good
性相近 - 習相遠
Similar nature - different habits”
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