March 21, 2017

Understanding Chinese characters is a book that compiles years of Chinese character study in a concise and understandable way for the learner. Learn to understand Chinese characters for what they really are with a book that is easy to use, combining the best modern Chinese character academic research with the best learner experience.

Written by Vladimir Skultety, a graduate of Chinese studies specialized in Chinese character etymology and a polyglot speaking 15 languages working as an interpreter of Mandarin Chinese, English and Slovak.

Buy PDF for € 16.99 (+VAT)

Free Character practice sheets included

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Key features
  • suitable for anyone looking to understand and learn Chinese characters quickly and effectively
  • simple enough for beginners, detailed and accurate enough for advanced learners
  • characters in the book cover up to 70% of most modern texts written in Chinese
  • contains both Traditional and Simplified characters 
  • free printable character practice sheets with correct stroke order included
  • based on years of extensive and very detailed academic research, but written in a way which avoids academic clutter
  • high quality color images
  • custom designed illustrations
  • custom painted Oracle bone characters
  • licensed beautiful Seal Script font
  • 273 pages


  1. Hi, Vlad. I also think this cover stands out the most.
    Never dealt with Gumroad before. For some reason it asks for my ZIP-code, though the book's in pdf... Can I buy it on Amazon?

    1. Hi Elija,

      thank you for being interested in the book:) It is unfortunately not available on Amazon.

      Here is what Gumroad says about the ZIP code:

      If you are being asked to enter your ZIP or Postal code, that means that your credit card provider is asking you to verify that you know the ZIP code attached to your card.

      The ZIP Code or Postal code we need is the one stored by your credit card provider. If you are unsure about this, please contact your credit card provider.

      I'm sorry for the inconvenience. If you don't feel like entering your ZIP code but still would like the book, send me an email to and we'll figure something out.

      Thank you again:)


    2. Oh, I got it. Looks like they ban certain Russian credit card providers. My international MC worked fine, though. Thank you for replying!

    3. Glad to hear that. All the best.