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Introduction to the Chinese characters
Posted by: chengjw (IP Logged)
Date: January 04, 2008 10:29AM
Introduces to students the basics of how to write and learn the Chinese characters in the most efficient way.

Chinese characters developed from pictographs which were formed in a regular way with a certain number of components that are comparable to the 26 letters in the Latin alphabet. However, these components are different from the letters in the English alphabet in that:

1) the components are much larger in number, about 300 in which over 100 are in common use;
2) the components are not arranged in a horizontal line but in the upper-lower, left-right, inside-outside and other forms;
3) the components are combined in a logical or meaningful way.

Therefore, once one knows these basic components and rules for arranging them, one can write almost all the Chinese characters.
This is not time-saving approach, it is also an easy way to remember the form and meaning of a character.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/04/2008 10:43AM by Olive.

The beautiful language
Posted by: chengjw (IP Logged)
Date: January 04, 2008 10:38AM
The American poet Ezra Pound once said, "The easiest language in the world for writing poetry is Chinese." And in the words of E. E. Cummings, another American poet, "Chinese poets are painters." The course is one which uses words to explain abd pictures to illustrate the form and structure of Chinese characters. Therefore, it is both a collection of poetry and a picture album, so to speak.

Each Chinese character has a form of its own, representing a particular sound and a particular meaning, one at least. In other words, each character is a unity of form, sound and meaning. The student of Chinese must call on every one of the individuals if he or she is to really know the personality of each.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/04/2008 07:54PM by Olive.



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