William Dolby

Classical Chinese Translations and Research

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21. Chinese Riddles


Book Details

"Chinese Riddles" with Chinese text, full romanisation, full vocabulary and full translations by William Dolby. Compiled in its current paper-backed edition in 2007 by William Dolby but written and translations made many years earlier. This work represents the 21st of 33 of the Chinese Culture Series.

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Many thousands of riddles are current in Chinese communities across the world, and their number is growing fast. The concision of Chinese characters makes the language particularly suited to the snappy wit of the genre, and some of them are also attractive poems. This book takes over a hundred riddles in Chinese, and provides complete romanisation, vocabulary and translation for each of them as an independent unit, allowing the reader to dip in at will. It can be used as a textbook for learning an interesting aspect of the language, or simply as a source of fun.