Chinese Characters

Chinese Characters

In order to learn Chinese characters effectively, it is important to understand a bit of the history behind them. The earliest examples of recognizable written words date back to as early as 1500 BC and can be found on oracle bones. The bones were used for divination and were often inscribed with questions and answers regarding hunting, warfare and other information. Some earlier pottery, dating back to 4800 BC, has been found that might contain a form of writing. Unfortunately, due to the scarcity of samples it is unlikely the writing will be deciphered. When you learn...
Learn Chinese Online

Learn Chinese Online

Deciding to learn Chinese online is a big decision for many people. Often, this choice comes from a lack of other educational methods. For example, you may not know anyone in real life who speaks Mandarin that you can receive tutoring from or you may find your local education institution does not offer lessons in Chinese. Finding an internet instruction program can allow you to see and hear the language, therefore making it easier to study. The first step to trying to learn Chinese online is to find a good program. You will want to look for an educational program that...
Easily Learn Chinese

Easily Learn Chinese

The easiest place to learn Chinese is in your own home. There are numerous DVDs, videos, and audio CDs on the market that are performed in Mandarin. Even just playing songs and stories while you are driving or relaxing can help you to expand your vocabulary and get a feel for the flow of the language. Talking with native speakers will make learning the vocabulary easier also. Whether it is a friend, neighbor, coworker or even a tutor having the experience of being able to practice the language yourself is an invaluable part of the learning process. Private lessons and...
Mandarin Chinese Language

Mandarin Chinese Language

Some scholars will argue Mandarin Chinese language is actually a dialect, however the exact distinction is not clear. Different versions of the language are spoken throughout all of China and these versions are usually considered to be different dialects. The term “Mandarin” can be used to classify all of these dialects or more commonly used to distinguish the Beijing dialect that is considered the official language of the Mainland. At the same time, other Chinese languages are also spoken throughout the Country, such as Cantonese, and in their spoken form are...
Learn the Chinese Language

Learn the Chinese Language

Chinese language can be fun and interesting. It is most notable for its beautiful characters. When we look at characters either written on a page or on art hanging on a wall next to us it inspires us to want to understand what it means. Our curious nature stimulates us to want to discover the culture and deepen our appreciation for it. Chinese language contains over 3000 frequently used characters. The characters are more than just surface print and represent a deep meaning. An addition or subtraction of a brushstroke changes the meaning of the written character. Writing...