A Useful Tool on Web

Just found a useful tool for Chinese character learning (originally designed for primary school students). You can search with individual Chinese characters, and then the system will show you how to write the character stroke by stroke. You can also found the related vocabularies (English description) and listen their pronunciation in Mandarin and Cantonese.



Characters about Weather

I haven’t posted articles on my blog for a long time. Today I would like to introduce you some Chinese characters about weather.

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Chinese Character (Adjective 形容詞)

Adjectives are words that describe the qualities or states of being of nouns: enormous, doglike, silly, yellow, fun, fast.  They can also describe the quantity of nouns: many, few, millions.  Without adjectives, the world becomes colourless or even full of darkness.  Learning adjective of a new language can help you see the deeper side of the culture.

Adjective Series

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Chinese characters (Nature 自然)

Last time, I mentioned that there are six forming ways of Chinese character.  The most basic one is Pictogram like the characters sun 日, moon 月, river 川, they are all related to nature.  It is easy to understand why, for the ancient people drew / wrote what they saw (pictures).  The pictures were continuously evolving and in the end they became the present Chinese characters.


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Chinese Zodiac 十二生肖

You may know that there is a  year cycle of Chinese year. It is related to Chinese Zodiac or 12 Zodiac animals.  The animals in the year order are Rat 鼠, Ox 牛, Tiger 虎, Hare 兔, Dragon 龍, Snake 蛇, Horse 馬, Goat 羊, Monkey 猴, Rooster 雞, Dog 狗 and Boar 豬.  After finishing one cycle, the next year will start another cycle.  This year (2018) is “Dog” year.  Next year (2019) is “”Boar” year and the year of  2020 will return to “Rat”.

I found a video “Story of the Chinese Zodiac” on YouTube .  If you are interested in it, you can click in and take a look.

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Chinese Characters (Numbers 數字)

When learning a new language, we probably learn the numbers first, for we can actually use the numbers when we go shopping.  For Cantonese, we have another important reason to learn numbers first.  If we can speak the right tones of the numbers (3-9-4-0-5-2-7-8-6), we are probably able to master the “tone” system of Cantonese.

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