The practical guide - the first of its kind - is designed to help Chinese parents make the perfect choice in naming their children. Over 900 propitious words, in simplified characters and hanhy pinyin, are arranged alphabetically for easy reference. The meanings of these words are explained in English, and at least seven examples of names are given for each word. To help parents even further, there is a section that gives a brief description of the twelve lunar animal signs and names compatible with a child's animal sign. In this latest edition, there is also a section which provides Chinese equivalents to English names.