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The Chinese Radicals
English translation of 妈妈 ( mama / māma ) - mother in Chinese
Chinese characters are the oldest continuously used system of writing in the world. The total number of Chinese characters ever to appear in a dictionary is in the tens of thousands, though most are graphic variants, or were used historically and passed out of use, or are of a specialized nature. A college graduate who is literate in written Chinese knows between three and four thousand characters, though more are required for specialized fields. Due to post-WWII simplifications of characters in Japan as well as in China , the kanji used in Japan today are distinct from Chinese simplified characters in several respects. There are various national standard lists of characters, forms, and pronunciations. Simplified forms of certain characters are used in mainland China, Singapore, and Malaysia; traditional characters are used in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and to a limited extent in South Korea. In Japan, common characters are written in post-WWII Japan-specific simplified forms , while uncommon characters are written in Japanese traditional forms , which are virtually identical to Chinese traditional forms.
5 Crucial Methods for Memorizing Chinese Characters
It uses Chinese characters to represent Sino-Vietnamese vocabulary and some native Vietnamese words, with new characters created on the Chinese model to represent other words. It is based on the Chinese writing system but adds a large number of new characters to make it fit the Vietnamese language. Chinese characters were introduced to Vietnam after the Han dynasty conquered the country in BC. Independence was achieved in AD, but Literary Chinese was adopted for official purposes in
Chinese is made of words, which are made of characters, themselves made of one or more radicals among See the four examples of radicals below. Knowing radicals will ease your process of learning Chinese. Because when you know the radicals, you can remember more easily how they combine with each other to form more complex characters.