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Calligraphy is far more than simply writing characters. (Image: stevendepolo via Compfight/cc)

10 Advantages of Practicing Calligraphy

Chinese calligraphy is a unique traditional culture. But nowadays, we have developed network communication tools, and we seldom write Chinese, not to mention practicing calligraphy. Chinese calligraphy, however, is one of the fundamental ways of self-cultivation; let’s take a closer…

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Try This Technique to Become Smarter

Don’t we all want to become smarter? Naturally, but the question is how. Eat more walnuts? Do crosswords or Sudoku? Read more? These are folklore methods, yet scientific data has now proven one specific way to become smarter — learn a new…

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Chinese Money: Yuan

Chinese money is called yuan (元, simplified or 圓, traditional yuán). One yuan (show photo) is pronounced yī yuán (一元). It refers to one note of paper money, as well as…

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Chinese Characters for Twins

The Chinese characters for twins are 雙胞胎, pronounced shuāng bāo tāi. Watch our Chinese calligraphy video to learn how to write the Chinese characters for twins:

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Mysterious Chinese Characters: Mǔ母

Chinese characters are pictographs that convey deep inner meanings. The addition of breasts to the kneeling figure depicted in the ancient character for woman (女 nǚ) creates the pictograph for “mother”…

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The Birth of Chinese Characters

Historical documentation from China credits Cang Jie with the inspiration for creating Chinese characters as a system of writing. The celebrated Yellow Emperor’s official historian, Cang Jie was reputedly endowed…

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Chinese Character for Farmer (農 — Nóng)

The epigraphic form of the Chinese character for “peasant farmer” (農 — nóng ) consists of pictographs for “woods,” “field,” and “plough.” Later, in the clerical script form, the top…

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You Know My Heart, Now Say the Words

The communication challenges for anyone traveling from China to the United States is a difficult one. Whether you are just arriving or you have been living and working in the…

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Words From Ancient China

The Chinese idiom 貪小失大 (tān xiǎoshī dà) refers to “suffering big losses due to greed over small gains” and this is a popular saying from ancient China.

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The Chinese Characters Wén and Wǔ

Live life as King Wen and King Wu ruled the country. The first emperor of the Zhou Dynasty, King Wu (周武王), and his father, King Wen (周文王), derived their imperial…

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Chinese Character for Dragon: Lóng 龍

Conveying the noble, auspicious qualities of the Chinese dragon, the Chinese character for dragon 龍, pronounced lóng, is separated into two parts. The left symbolizes the dragon’s head, while the…

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The Chinese Character Cháo 朝

A new dynasty marks the dawn of a new era. The Chinese character 朝, pronounced cháo (or “ciao” in Italian), stands for morning or dawn. It is also the character…

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What’s in a Chinese Name?

Every Chinese person’s name is made up of a surname 姓 and a given name 名. As an example, with the name Ai Wei Wei 艾未未, the surname 艾 (Ai)…