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Chinese Language History(2)

  Taking up the previous post: Chinese Language History(1) Middle Chinese (simplified Chinese: 中古汉语; traditional Chinese: 中古漢語; pinyin: Zhōnggǔ Hànyǔ) was the language used during the Sui, Tang, and Song dynasties ([6th through 10th centuries AD). It can be divided into an early period, reflected by the 切韻 "Qieyun" rime dictionary (AD 601), and a [...]

Chinese Language History(1)

The History of The Chinese Language The history of the Chinese language refers to various changes over time, which are the subject of the historical sciences: specifically, these historical changes involve the linguistic study of the Chinese language, in its various incarnations. Many linguists classify all of the variations of Chinese as part of the [...]

Top 100 Chinese Baby Names

Female Chinese Names/ Meaning of Name/ Origin F Ah Cy/ lovely /Chinese F Ah Kum/good as gold/Chinese F Ah Lam / peace/  Chinese F Ai/  loving /Chinese F An/peace /Chinese F Baozhai /precious hairpin/Chinese F Bik / jade /Chinese F Biyu/ jasper; semi-precious stone /Chinese F Bo /precious /Chinese F Changchang /flourishing /Chinese F Changying /flourishing & [...]

How to Write Chinese Letter?

The ordinary Chinese letter consists of six parts, and they are name of addressee, greetings, main text, blessing language, signature and date. Now, I am going to introduce the requirement of Chinese letter in format. (1)Name of addressee When you write a letter in Chinese, the first thing you should do is to write the [...]

Why Learn Chinese? Top 10 Reasons to Learn Chinese(2/2)

6. Chinese culture is over 5000 years old. By learning the Chinese Language, Chinese you will learn another culture. Learning a language gives you a better understanding through the grammar and even how the words are derived of the culture behind them. There is a lot of Chinese Poetry that lose some meaning when translated. [...]

Why Learn Chinese? Top 10 reasons to learn Chinese (1/2)

1. China is emerging from a period of stagnation and again taking it’s place as one of the great powers of the world. China currently has the second largest economy in the world. To take advantage of this huge economic shift and opportunities,learning to speak Chinese is a great way to give your children an [...]

The Written Chinese Language

Traditional and simplified writing In mainland China a simplified writing system is used, whereas in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and overseas regions the traditional Chinese script is being used. Starting from the second half of the nineteenth century, there was a growing consensus that the writing system constituted an obstacle to the achievement of a higher [...]

Chinese Language and Main Dialects in China

The national language The need to establish an official national language was felt as early as the 17th century when the Ch’ing dynasty established a number of “correct pronunciation institutes” to teach standard Peking pronunciation, particularly in the Cantonese and Fukienese-speaking southern provinces. The success of these schools, however, was extremely limited. The concept of [...]

Introduction to Chinese Language

Chinese comprises of seven main dialects, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hakka, Wu, Min, Xiang, and Gan. The variety of Mandarin based on the speech in the capital Beijing is the official national language of mainland China and is termed Pŭtōnghuà, Common language. The de facto common language in Hong Kong and overseas Chinese communities is Cantonese. Amongst [...]

Chinese Symbol for Personality

The famous Chinese psychologist Zhang Peng said in his book that there are eighteen different kinds of  environment, and each environment has four corresponding personalities. Thus, there are about seventy-two kinds of personalities.  Now, we are going to list the most common Chinese symbols to describe a person. Positive Characters Chinese symbol for optimism. Chinese symbol [...]

Chinese Symbols for Love

Love is an eternal topic in literary creation, music, movies and life. In English language, there are many formulations of love. Also, you can find corresponding symbols of different kindsof love in Chinese. Here we are going to lead you to the world of Chinese symbols for love. It’s the Chinese symbol for like. On [...]

The Most Common Chinese Symbols for Tattoo

There is a trend in fashion to have a Chinese symbol for Tattoo. However, remember to check the meaning of the symbols before you put them on your skin. Here is a list of the most common and popular Chinese symbols. The Most Common Chinese Symbols 1.Chinese symbol for love 2.Chinese symbol for Family Please [...]

Chinese Symbols for Family

A family usually consists of father, mother, sister, and brother. While, in some big Chinese families, they have four generations living under one roof. In Chinese symbol,  four generations living under one roof means “四世同堂”. Father It is almost a original pictograph. The first Chinese Symbol is like a man holding sticks in the hands. In ancient [...]

How to Write HSK Chinese Characters? 3000 Flash Chinese Writing Cartoons Released!

The first batch of these characters are about 3000 characters for HSK Test.

The top 5 Online Chinese Video Website

The top 5 Online Chinese Video Website

Happy Chinese Pinyin (12 Lessons)

These are the 12 Happy-Chinese pinyin lessons which are very popular in China…

Words-Chinese Pinyin Dictionary Released!

An powerful firefox addon. An excellent Chinese popup dictionary for who are learning Chinese language.

The Easy Way to Learn Chinese Characters

If your goal is just simple conversations, you don’t need to learn Chinese characters. In contrast, if you want to reach higher level, Chinese characters are the must. Ok, If you plan to learn Chinese character, this article is for you…

The Best Software to Learn Chinese – SuperChinese

SuperChinese is a very powerful and comprehensive Mandarin Chinese learning application…

What is the Best Software to Learn Chinese Language?

This is a theoretical analysis and reviews of the best Chinese learning software. Here I try to find out the best Chinese learning software and answer the question by asking…

How to Learn Chinese Pinyin Online for Free

The Chinese Pinyin is the foundation of learning Chinese language. So if we want to develop a good Chinese language skill, we must build a solid foundation – by using some effective tools, top-quality software and good lessons, not by wasting time on some rough materials…

Be about to learn Chinese? An Introduction of Chinese Language

Many people are learning Chinese nowadays. It’s believed that more than 30,000,000 outside China. And there are tons of articles like this “Learn Chinese In The Next Few Years Or It Will Be Too Late”. If you would like to start to learn Chinese, Now this article will give you some insight in every aspects of the language.

Learn Chinese In The Next Few Years Or It Will Be Too Late

How long do we have until China becomes the world’s dominant power? The China bears will tell you that the case is way overstated, and that the real danger is a Chinese economic collapse that will result in a violently aggressive foreign policy. But a recent study by the economist Angus Maddison projects that China will rise to dominance as early as 2015.

How to teach Chinese to your kids as a second language? – One day lessons for smart Children

There are many reasons for a child to learn Chinese at an early age. It’s believed that learn a second language in an early age is much easer than learn that as an adult…

The Tone Modification Rules of Mandarin Chinese Pinyin

Some time when we speak Mandarin Chinese, the tone of some Chinese character will be changed. It happened so naturally that most of us may not notice it. Here are some simple rules of tone changes, which we use Chinese pinyin to clarify.

How to convert Chinese Pinyin? The Chinese Pinyin Converter in our Website.

There are many people searching for a suitable pinyin converter application. They want to translate Chinese into pinyin or pinyin to Chinese. Here is our free …

How Many People are Using or Learning Chinese Language Today?

Today, the most standard form of Chinese that is spoken is known as Standard Mandarin…

How to show Chinese/Japanese in English Windows System?

Tell you how to show Chinese/Japanese in English windows system, how to install East Asian Languages support.

Kung Pao? No, Gong Bao, and Nix the Nuts.

As it is spoken here, the name of the recipe, one of China’s best-known chicken dishes, would mean little to most Americans. Yet it or something very much inspired by it – kung pao chicken – is one of the most commonly ordered items in Chinese restaurants across the United States.

900 Sentences for Chinese

“900 Sentences for Chinese” is an excellent course for Chinese learning .It contains 60 topics/lessons and covers almost every situation needed.

8. Talking About Objects

8. Talking About Objects 谈论 事物 (tán lùn | shì wù)

9. Talking About Time

9. Talking About Time 叙述 时间 (xù shù | shí jiān)

2. Expression In Class

2. Expression In Class 课堂 用语 (kè táng | yòng yǔ)

1. Greetings

Learn Chinese with “900 Sentences for Chinese”. It’s an excellent free online course for Chinese learning. It contains 60 Chinese lessons and every sentence has an WAV audio from an female native Chinese speaker. 1. Hello!   你好!   nǐ hǎo ! 2. Hi!   你好!   nǐ hǎo ! 3. Good morning!   早晨 [...]

3. Identifying Objects

3. Identifying Objects 辨别 物品 (biàn bié | wù pǐn)

4. About Belongings

4. About Belongings 关于 所有物 (guān yú | suǒ yǒu wù)

5. Identifying People

5. Identifying People 辨别 身份 (biàn bié | shēn fèn)

6. About Introduction

6. About Introduction 关于 介绍 (guān yú | jiè shào)

7. Year, Month And Day

7. Year, Month And Day 年、月、日 (nián 、 yuè 、 rì)

19. Asking About the Address

19. Asking About the Address 询问 地址 (xún wèn | dì zhǐ)

20. Asking Questions

20. Asking Questions 提问 题 (tí wèn | tí)

10. Concerning Dates

10. Concerning Dates 关于 日期 (guān yú | rì qī)

21. Measuring And Comparing

21. Measuring And Comparing 形容 物品、度量、比较 (xíng róng | wù pǐn 、 dù liàng 、 bǐ jiào)

11. About Visits

11. About Visits 关于 拜访 (guān yú | bài fǎng)

22. Asking For Help

22. Asking For Help 寻求 帮助 (xún qiú | bāng zhù)

12. About Language

12. About Language 关于 语言 (guān yú | yǔ yán)

23. Asking Directions

23. Asking Directions 打听 情况 和 问路 (dǎ tīng | qíng kuàng | hé | wèn lù)

13. Talking About Activities

13. Talking About Activities 谈论 活动 (tán lùn | huó dòng)

24. About Marriage

24. About Marriage 关于 婚姻 (guān yú | hūn yīn)

14. About Age

14. About Age 关于 年龄 (guān yú | nián líng)

25. Talking About Neighbors And Friends

25. Talking About Neighbors And Friends 谈论 邻居 和 朋友 (tán lùn | lín jū | hé | péng yǒu)

15. Talking About Daily Activities

15. Talking About Daily Activities 谈论 日常 生活 (tán lùn | rì cháng | shēng huó)

26. Planning The Future

26. Planning The Future 计划 将来 (jì huà | jiāng lái)

16. Talking About Yesterday

16. Talking About Yesterday 谈论 昨天的 事 (tán lùn | zuó tiān de | shì)

17. Talking With Friends

17. Talking With Friends 与 朋友 聊天 (yǔ | péng yǒu | liáo tiān)

18. Talking About The Past

18. Talking About The Past 谈论 过去 (tán lùn | guò qù)

40. About Mail

40. About Mail 关于 邮政 (guān yú | yóu zhèng)

30. Asking For Other’s Opinions

30. Asking For Other\’s Opinions 询问 别人 的 意见。 (xún wèn | bié rén | de;dì;dí | yì jiàn 。 )

41. Talking About Feelings

41. Talking About Feelings 叙述 感受 (xù shù | gǎn shòu)

31. Asking Plans

31. Asking Plans 订计划 (dìng jì huà)

42. Looking For A House

42. Looking For A House 寻找 住房 (xún zhǎo | zhù fáng)

32. About Decisions

32. About Decisions 关于 决定 (guān yú | jué dìng)

43. Talking About Dressing

43. Talking About Dressing 谈论 衣着 (tán lùn | yī zhuó )

33. Traveling

33. Traveling 旅游 (lǚ yóu)

44. Expressing Different Opinions

44. Expressing Different Opinions 表达 不同的 观点 (biǎo dá | bù tóng de | guān diǎn)

34. About Shopping

34. About Shopping 关于 购物 (guān yú | gòu wù)

45. About Things In The future

45. About Things In The future 考虑将来 可能 从事 的 活动 (kǎo lǜ jiāng lái | kě néng | cóng shì | de;dì;dí | huó dòng)

35. In The Restaurant

35. In The Restaurant 餐馆 进餐 (cān guǎn | jìn cān)

36. About Evening Entertainment

36. About Evening Entertainment 关于 夜生活 (guān yú | yè shēng huó)

37. Appointments

37. Appointments 约会 (yuē huì)

27. Talking About The Weather

27. Talking About The Weather 谈论 天气 (tán lùn | tiān qì)

38. Seeing A Doctor

38. Seeing A Doctor 看医生 (kàn yī shēng)

28. About Sickness

28. About Sickness 关于 生病 (guān yú | shēng bìng)

39. Making A Phone Call

39. Making A Phone Call 打电话 (dǎ diàn huà)

29. Talking About Habits

29. Talking About Habits 谈论 日常 生活 习惯 (tán lùn | rì cháng | shēng huó | xí guàn)

51. Countries And Nationalities

51. Countries And Nationalities 国家 和 国籍 (guó jiā | hé | guó jí)

52. Geography And Land Features

52. Geography And Land Features 地理 和 地貌 (dì lǐ | hé | dì mào)

53. School And Education

53. School And Education 学校 和 教育 (xué xiào | hé | jiào yù)

54. About Jobs

54. About Jobs 关于 工作 (guān yú | gōng zuò)

55. Farms And Factories

55. Farms And Factories 农场 和 工厂 (nóng chǎng | hé | gōng chǎng)

56. About Hobbies

56. About Hobbies 关于 爱好 (guān yú | ài hào;ài hǎo)

46. Things That Might Have Happened

46. Things That Might Have Happened 可能 发生的 事 (kě néng | fā shēng de | shì)

57. Recreational Activities

57. Recreational Activities 文体 活动 (wén tǐ | huó dòng)

47. Talking About Likes And Dislikes

47. Talking About Likes And Dislikes 询问 喜欢 和 不喜欢 的 事 (xún wèn | xǐ huān | hé | bù xǐ huān | de;dì;dí | shì)

58. About Newspapers And Magazines

58. About Newspapers And Magazines 关于 报纸 杂志 (guān yú | bào zhǐ | zá zhì)

48. Putting Forward Your Own Opinions

48. Putting Forward Your Own Opinions 提出 自己的 想法。 (tí chū | zì jǐ de | xiǎng fǎ 。 )

59. Radio And TV

59. Radio And TV 收音机 和 电视机 (shōu yīn jī | hé | diàn shì jī)

49. Asking For Help

49. Asking For Help 请 别人 帮忙 (qǐng | bié rén | bāng máng)

60. About Music And Literature

60. About Music And Literature 关于 音乐 和 文学 (guān yú | yīn yuè | hé | wén xué)

50. Getting Ready For A Journey

50. Getting Ready For A Journey 准备 旅行 (zhǔn bèi | lǚ xíng)

The Table of All Chinese Pinyins

This pinyin table is a complete listing of all Chinese Pinyin syllables used in Standard Mandarin. Each syllable in a cell is composed of an initial (columns) and a final (rows). An empty cell indicates that the corresponding syllable does not exist in Standard Mandarin.

Tones of Chinese Pinyin

There are 5 tones and 4 tone marks in Mandarin. The 5th tone is the slight tone with an empty mark.

List of Chinese Pinyin and Pronunciation Techniques

We use Chinese Pinyin to learn Chinese as we use phonetic symbol in learning English. Each Chinese pinyin is composed of an initial and a final, which is the smallest possible elements of the phonetics. For example:

The Most Commonly Used Radicals of Chinese Characters

Chinese is composed of radicals. Sometimes the radicals give hints about meaning, and sometimes they give hints about pronunciation. Some are obscure and the etymology has been lost. Chinese mostly learn them by memorization. These are a table of the most commonly used Chinese radicals, their meanings in english, their pinyin pronounciation and a list of chinese character samples with these radicals:

All Chinese Radicals that Compose Chinese Characters

This is the full list of 214 Chinese radicals that composes all Chinese characters. Click on them to get their Chinese character samples and English meanings.

Is Chinese Difficult? Things Before Learning Mandarin Chinese.

Chinese has the same word order as does English: SVO. There is a large use of placing verbs at the end with a helper verb, but we have similar structures in English too, example: please have something…. be/get done.

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