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A Brief Introduction to Chinese Characters

For languages, the history of writing systems progress from pictorial representations, to logograms and eventually to the alphabets. Chinese characters (汉字Hànzì)are all logograms. For languages, the history of writing systems progress from pictorial representations, to logograms… Click To Tweet Base don how they are formed or derived, Chinese characters are traditionally classified into 6 types: Pictographs (象形Xiàngxíng “form imitation”) – pictorial representations of the objects. Around 600 Chinese characters are pictograms. The earliest form can date back to oracle bones in the 12th century BC.Over the time, many pictograms lost their pictographic flavors. The table below shows the evolvement...

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Bike, Bus, Car… Transports in Chinese

How do you go to school? On foot, by car, by bike, or by bus? 你怎么去学校?步行,坐小汽车,自行车,还是公共汽车?Bus, car, bike, ship, airplane and more… we use different means of transportation everyday. Common means of transportation are relevant, easy and interesting for young learners. Here is a list of the common transports in Chinese. Transports in Chinese Vocabulary Car 小汽车 Xiǎo qìchē Bus 公共汽车 Gōnggòng qìchē Train 火车 Huǒchē Boat 小船 Xiǎochuán Ship 轮船 Lúnchuán Bike 自行车 Zìxíngchē Taxi 出租车 Chūzū chē Jeep 吉普车 Jípǔchē Van 小货车 Xiǎo huòchē plane/airplane 飞机 Fēijī subway / underground 地铁 Dìtiě Motor cycle 摩托车 Mótuō chē...

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Chinese Vocabulary Study Guide – Zai

在 is a common word in Chinese used to express existence in a place, a location and actions in progress. Expressing Existence in a Place When used to express existence in a place, 在 can be translated into “to be at” or ” to be in” in English. The sentence structure is Subj. + 在 + Place For Example 我在学校。 Wǒ zài xuéxiào I am at school. 他们在英国。 Tāmen zài yīngguó. They are in UK. 你在家吗? Nǐ zàijiā ma Are you at home? Expressing location 在 can be used to indicate general location and specific location. General Location Sentence...

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Wishing You Happy Holidays – Wishes, Greetings and Messages in Chinese

Christmas is coming… After it, the new year of 2018 is following… Holiday season has already started. Aren’t you busy at preparing gifts and writing greeting cards? If you need some gift inspiration, check out Ideas of Gifts with Chinese Elements ; if you want to write greeting cards in Chinese, I have some phrases and sentences for you:   圣诞快乐! Shèngdàn kuàilè! Merry Christmas!   敬祝圣诞,恭贺新喜。 Jìng zhù shèngdàn, gōnghè xīn xǐ Merry Christmas and happy new year.   献上最诚挚的节日祝福。 Xiànshàng zuì chéngzhì de jiérì zhùfú Best wishes on this holiday season.   值此佳节,祝你全家圣诞快乐。 Zhí cǐ jiājié, zhù nǐ...

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Jingle Bells in Chinese

Christmas is coming. There is nothing better than singing into the holiday season! Let’s learn a Christmas song: JINGLE BELLS in Chinese! Líng er xiǎng dīngdāng 铃儿响叮当 Hēi, chōngpò dà fēng xuě 嘿,冲破大风雪 Wǒmen zuò zài xuěqiāo shàng 我们坐在雪橇上 Kuài bēnchíguò tiányě 快奔驰过田野 Wǒmen huānxiào yòu gēchàng 我们欢笑又歌唱 Niánqīng de huǒbànmen 年轻的伙伴们 Jīngshén duō shuǎnglǎng 精神多爽朗 Biān er chōu de pā pā xiǎng a 鞭儿抽的啪啪响啊 Mǎ er kuài kuài pǎo 马儿快快跑 Dīng dīngdāng, dīng dīngdāng 叮叮当,叮叮当 Líng er xiǎng dīngdāng 铃儿响叮当 Zuò zài xuěqiāo duō kuàilè 坐在雪橇多快乐 Wǒmen fēi bēn xiàng qián 我们飞奔向前 Dīng dīngdāng, dīng dīngdāng 叮叮当,叮叮当 Líng...

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Ideas of Gifts with Chinese Elements

On special occasions like New Year Day, Christmas, graduation day, birthdays… or just a random, ordinary day to cheer up the people we care, we want to give out a gift – maybe small, maybe big — but unique and with some Chinese elements. It is not always easy to come up with ideas. Isn’t it a good to have a list of gift ideas to refer to whenever we feel like to show our love, gratitude or simply care? Here are some ideas of gifts with Chinese elements: SMALL GIFTS 6 Rolls Masking Tape Set Chinese Element Decorative...

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Chinese Vocabulary Study Guide- you

有 is one of the commonly used characters in Chinese. Literally it means “to have” and “there be”. It can be used to express existence or possession. Expressing existence The verb 有 (yǒu) when is used to express existence, it is similar to  “there is” or “there are” in English. The sentence structure is Place + 有 + Obj. For Example 我的家有四只猫。 Wǒ de jiā yǒu sì zhǐ māo. There are 4 cats in my house. 我的学校有800个学生。 Wǒ de xuéxiào yǒu bābǎi gè xuéshēng. There are 800 students in my school. 意大利有很多中国人。 Yìdàlì yǒu hěnduō zhōngguó rén. There are...

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7 Tips on Teaching Kids to Write Chinese Characters

As we all know, Chinese characters are an essential part of Chinese language. As the basic units of the language, Chinese characters are necessary to learn, even for kids at young age. There are several phases of Chinese character learning: Phase 1: Recognizing the character shape and knowing its meaning Phase 2: Understanding the tone and pronunciation of the character in context Phase 3: Knowing how to write the characters by the right stroke order For very young kids, it is enough to stay phase 1 and/or 2 until either the fine motor skills of the child is developed...

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Theme-Based Chinese Learning – Apples Theme for kids

Having been busy at creating a new Chinese learning pack for kids: Apples Theme. In this harvest season, apples are everywhere. It is interesting for children to learn Chinese around the theme of apples: parts of apples, apple products, apple life cycle, etc. This pack contains the following parts: Apple-theme word walls Parts of an apple Apple life cycle Apple-theme Chinese character writing worksheets Parts of an Apple and Apple Life Cycle worksheets Apple-theme images and Chinese words for memory games Let’s have a look together: The word walls – the word walls feature all the key Chinese vocabulary...

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Getting Sick? Chinese Expressions Talking about Feeling Unwell

We all get sick once in a while. How do say when a person does not feel well in Chinese? Here are some expressions talking about feeling unwell. In Chinese, when a person feels unwell, he can say “我不舒服。” (Wǒ bú shūfú)When the person feels sick, he can say “我生病了。”(Wǒ shēngbìngle.) In Chinese, when a person feels unwell, he can say “我不舒服。” (Wǒ bú shūfú)When… Click To Tweet Describe the Feelings of Feeling Unwell To describe how one feels, here are some examples: 我感觉恶心。 Wǒ gǎnjué ěxīn.   I feel nausea. 我感觉虚弱。 Wǒ gǎnjué xūruò.  I feel weak. 我没有胃口。 Wǒ méiyǒu...

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