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Chinese characters explained.

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Chinese Names Part 1

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

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Chinese Names Part 2

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

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Chinese Names Part 3

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.

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Chinese Names Part 4

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.

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Chinese Names Part 5

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.

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Chinese Names Part 6

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.

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Chinese Names Part 7

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.

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Chinese Names Part 8

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.

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Chinese Names Part 9

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?

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Chinese Names Part 10

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.

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Chinese Names Part 11

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

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Chinese Names Part 12

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

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Chinese Names Part 13

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

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The Characters Derived from Pictures Part 1

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

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The Characters Derived from Pictures Part 2

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

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The Characters Derived from Pictures Part 3

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.

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The Characters Derived from Pictures Part 4

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

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The Characters Derived from Pictures Part 5

Learn the stories behind some characters of the animal variety.

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The Characters Derived from Pictures Part 6

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.

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The Characters Derived from Pictures Part 7

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."

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The Characters Derived from Pictures Part 8

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."

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The Characters Derived from Pictures Part 9

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

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The Characters Derived from Pictures Part 10

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.

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The Characters Derived from Pictures Part 11

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

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The Characters Derived from Pictures Part 12

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

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The Characters Derived from Pictures Part 13

Wind, Cloud, Fire and Water can't seem to find their way home!

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The Characters Derived from Pictures Part 14

Let's put Wind, Cloud, Fire and Water back where they belong!

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The Characters Derived from Pictures Part 15

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

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36 Chinese Hieroglyphics Part 1

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.

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36 Chinese Hieroglyphics Part 2

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

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36 Chinese Hieroglyphics Part 3

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

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36 Chinese Hieroglyphics Part 4

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

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Five Thousand Years of Chinese Characters Part 1

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

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Five Thousand Years of Chinese Characters Part 2

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

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Five Thousand Years of Chinese Characters Part 3

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

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Five Thousand Years of Chinese Characters Part 4

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

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Five Thousand Years of Chinese Characters Part 5

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

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Five Thousand Years of Chinese Characters Part 6

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

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Five Thousand Years of Chinese Characters Part 7

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

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Five Thousand Years of Chinese Characters Part 8

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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Five Thousand Years of Chinese Characters Part 9

Zamenhof had a plan to create a world language, an ambitious plan thwarted by the innate quality of language itself.

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Five Thousand Years of Chinese Characters Part 10

In 1870, Horace Carpentier hired a loyal servant from China named Dean Lung who would eventually come to teach him a lesson in loyalty and devotion rooted in Chinese culture.

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Five Thousand Years of Chinese Characters Part 11

Dean Lung, believing more people should understand China, made a great contribution to Columbia University.

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Numbers

Watch and learn the vocabulary and grammar of the numbers one through ten in Chinese.

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Color

Learn some vocabulary of the colors and how they are used to describe things.

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Fruit

Watch and learn how to say the names for different types of fruit in Chinese.

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Body Parts

Learn some very useful vocabulary for the body parts.

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How to Address Relatives

Watch and learn how to address people in a Chinese family.

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Vegetables

Watch and learn how to say the names of vegetables in Chinese.

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Verbs Part 1

Watch and learn how to use verbs properly in Chinese.

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Verbs Part 2

Watch and learn some Chinese verbs.

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Emotion

Watch and learn some useful phrases to describe your emotions.

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Stationery

Learn some useful words to describe stationery such as ruler, pencil, eraser, tape, etc.

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The Origin of the Firecracker

This video tells the legend behind the Chinese firecracker.

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Words for Illness Part 1

In this episode, the origins of the Chinese characters for "illness" are explained.

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Words for Illness Part 2

This video explains how the character for illness evolved into its present form.

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Words for Illness Part 3

This video explains the origins of the Chinese character for pain.

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Words for Illness Part 4

Knowing the basis of the Chinese character for illness opens the door for learning many more characters.

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Words for Illness Part 5

The video describes the many ailments that can be treated with pine and cedar trees, the origins of Chinese medicine.

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Shapes Part 1

Learn the Chinese terms for shapes in this video.

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