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Kiweenie writing Chinese Title

 

Ni Hao class (do you remember what that means?). Kiweenie Lao Shi here again with part two of my lesson about the Chinese language. We learned how to say a few helpful phrases in our last class and I hope you've been practicing them. We've been using them a lot here in China! As you've been touring Beijing with us you've probably noticed that the spoken language is not the only part of Chinese that is very different from English.

The Chinese writing style is extremely different as well. Instead of letters to write words they use pictures! Originally Chinese characters first developed as pictographs (pictures to represent an object) and ideographs (pictures to represent an idea).

 

For instance, here is the Chinese character for the word face (mian) . This character was originally a pictograph of a face. It might not exactly look like a face to you, but this is how it likely evolved over thousands of years.

 

Development of the character for face mian.

 

Then there are ideographs like the character for the word up (shang) and the numbers 1, 2, 3, (yi, er, san) 一 二 三 . You can really see how the ideas of up and counting are expressed in these characters.

 


Chinese has developed into a much more complicated language over the centuries and now there are lots of character combinations and characters that represent sounds and lots of complex stuff that makes my head spin, so we'll leave it at this for today.

 


Oh, wait, but one more thing to know about written Chinese is that it is very important that the correct "stroke order" be followed when you are writing a character. To show you what I mean we've made this video of the character for face being written in the correct order. Imagine if you had to write all your letters in the same order as everyone else for it to be correct? Chinese is definitely a tricky language. Zaijian!

 

animated version of character mian

 

Also, here is a helpful chart of all the words you've learned in both my language lessons.

 

chart for chinese words learned in kiweenie's class

 

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XieXie again

Thank you so much for sharing this cultures language with use!!!

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