Chinese Characters
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Chinese characters explained.

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Chinese Characters - Chinese Names - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

China

Learn about the Chinese naming system and some of the issues concerning names that are being encountered today.

Chinese Characters - Chinese Names - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

China

Learn about the Chinese naming system: there's a method to the madness!

Chinese Characters - Chinese Names - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

China

The Chinese naming system is very complex. It follows precise rules, stating the differences between a person's last name, given name and courtesy name. In particular, the difference between the last two is strictly connected with the rituals that used to bring a child from childhood into adulthood in ancient China.

Chinese Characters - Chinese Names - Part 4

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

China

Chinese last names worked in a different way in the past than they do now. Chinese children used to get their mother's last name. That is because Chinese ancient society was matriarchal and divided into clans.

Chinese Characters - Chinese Names - Part 5

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

China

Through a detailed report of the Zhou Dynasty's history, we discover how the Chinese last name system worked and what has changed over the years and become today's practice.

Chinese Characters - Chinese Names - Part 6

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

China

This interesting discussion on the origins of Chinese last names and clan names shows how the tradition has evolved from the matriarchal to the patriarchal practice.

Chinese Characters - Chinese Names - Part 7

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

China

This interesting discussion on the origins of Chinese last names and clan names shows how the tradition has evolved from the matriarchal to the patriarchal practice.

Chinese Characters - Chinese Names - Part 8

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

China

This interesting discussion on the origins of Chinese last names and clan names shows how the tradition has evolved from the matriarchal to the patriarchal practice. This segment explores a few common family names- their origins, whether they were last or clan names, etc.

Chinese Characters - Chinese Names - Part 9

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

China

This interesting discussion on the origins of Chinese last names and clan names shows how the tradition has evolved from the matriarchal to the patriarchal practice. This segment looks into the selection of Chinese names. How can one find a good name with strong virtue?

Chinese Characters - Chinese Names - Part 10

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

China

This interesting discussion on the origins of Chinese last names and clan names shows how the tradition has evolved from the matriarchal to the patriarchal practice. This segment continues to explore Chinese names with specific attention on Jia Bao Yu, a character in the Hong Lou Meng movie.

Chinese Characters - Chinese Names - Part 11

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

China

Master Tang Han explains the importance of character meaning as well as character tone when giving names and how to revise a problematic name.

Chinese Characters - Chinese Names - Part 12

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

China

Master Tang explains the significance of the name. How does the name of a business determine its destiny?

Chinese Characters - Chinese Names - Part 13

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

China

Master Tang further explains how the name of an enterprise embodies its guiding principles and how our names must not be taken lightly.

Chinese Characters - The Characters Derived from Pictures - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

China

Learn about the origin of some Chinese characters which were derived from pictures of what the characters represent.

Chinese Characters - The Characters Derived from Pictures - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

China

Learn about the origin of some Chinese characters which were derived from pictures of what the characters represent.

Chinese Characters - The Characters Derived from Pictures - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

China

Learn not only the meaning behind some Chinese characters, but also how they were originally derived from pictures. These characters are of the agricultural variety.

Chinese Characters - The Characters Derived from Pictures - Part 4

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

China

Spring, summer, autumn, winter- learn the story behind these seasonal characters.

Chinese Characters - The Characters Derived from Pictures - Part 6

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

China

Have you ever wondered why a Chinese character is written the way it is written? The Chinese characters are logograms, unlike the English language that utilize Latin characters. The Chinese characters could be represented by pictograms, depicting one or an aggregate of pictures or ideograms depicting an idea/icon symbolically. Join us to learn the roots of some of the Chinese characters. In this episode, you will discover the formation of "horn," "flower," and "grass," to name a few.

Chinese Characters - The Characters Derived from Pictures - Part 7

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

China

Have you ever wondered why a Chinese character is written the way it is written? The Chinese characters are logograms, unlike the English language that utilize Latin characters. The Chinese characters could be represented by pictograms depicting one or an aggregate of pictures or ideograms depicting an idea/icon symbolically. Join us to learn the roots of some of the Chinese characters. In this episode, you will discover the formation of the "rind" of a fruit, "fur," "melon" and "fruit."

Chinese Characters - The Characters Derived from Pictures - Part 8

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

China

Have you ever wondered why a Chinese character is written the way it is written? The Chinese characters are logograms, unlike the English language that utilizes Latin characters. The characters could be represented by pictograms depicting one or an aggregate of pictures or ideograms depicting an idea or a borrowed word. Join us to learn the roots of some of the Chinese characters. In this episode, you will discover the formation of "pine," "peach," "willow" and "bamboo."

Chinese Characters - The Characters Derived from Pictures - Part 9

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

China

Learn a simple, fun way to say the four directions in Chinese as well as how to remember how to write them.

Chinese Characters - The Characters Derived from Pictures - Part 10

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

China

Learn about the characters used to talk about time by watching this fun and thorough explanation of how to write them and how they came about.

Chinese Characters - The Characters Derived from Pictures - Part 11

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

China

Learn in the fastest and easiest way possible how to effectively remember some characters that express movement.

Chinese Characters - The Characters Derived from Pictures - Part 12

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

China

This cute introductory video helps Chinese learners learn the characters for "fu," (father) "mu," (mother) "ma," (mommy) and "ba" (daddy).

Chinese Characters - The Characters Derived from Pictures - Part 15

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

China

Let's review the vocabulary again for wind, cloud, water and fire.

Chinese Characters - 36 Chinese Hieroglyphics - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

China

The wisdom of Chinese ancient hieroglyphics can be traced back to thousands of years ago. They are so clever and yet, comprised of such spontaneous connections that even a child can guess them.

Chinese Characters - 36 Chinese Hieroglyphics - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

China

A child learns from his dad the wisdom of Chinese characters.

Chinese Characters - 36 Chinese Hieroglyphics - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

China

While a father is teaching his child Chinese characters, they are introduced in all their wisdom and splendor.

Chinese Characters - 36 Chinese Hieroglyphics - Part 4

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

China

As the story comes to a conclusion, we learn more and more concepts that are brilliantly captured in the essence of Chinese characters.

Chinese Characters - Five Thousand Years of Chinese Characters - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

China

Many people are aware of the Western philosopher, Voltaire, but behind his famous quotes are the genius of a great Chinese thinker.

Chinese Characters - Five Thousand Years of Chinese Characters - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

China

China is now an economic superpower, setting off a "Chinese Fever" that is now spreading all over the world.

Chinese Characters - Five Thousand Years of Chinese Characters - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

China

It is becoming an increasing trend for schools to offer Chinese programs. Why are so many people turning to Chinese?

Chinese Characters - Five Thousand Years of Chinese Characters - Part 4

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

China

The growing strength of China as an economic superpower is both a source of awe and concern for other countries.

Chinese Characters - Five Thousand Years of Chinese Characters - Part 5

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

China

Professor Cecilia Lindqvist sets out to understand Chinese people through Chinese characters.

Chinese Characters - Five Thousand Years of Chinese Characters - Part 6

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

China

During the Ming Dynasty, the Chinese made the voyage across the Western Pacific. But, why was the feat not acknowledged in history?

Chinese Characters - Five Thousand Years of Chinese Characters - Part 7

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

China

The quest to discover Asia did not stop with Columbus. What has drawn other countries to China?

Chinese Characters - Five Thousand Years of Chinese Characters - Part 8

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

China

The popularity of Christianity came to a peak during Matteo Ricci's time in China, but after his death, the Qing Dynasty vehemently opposed its practice in China.

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