Chinese Characters

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Chinese Characters: Virtue (德)

Chinese characters often represent noble concepts. What makes a good person? Our ancestors would have told us: anyone who has 德 (dé, or virtue).

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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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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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Chinese Characters: 福 (fú) Blessing, Happiness

福(fú)is the Chinese word for blessing and happiness. Looking at the oldest known script, 福 originally depicted two hands holding a jar in front of an altar, symbolizing someone asking…

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Chinese Characters: 緣 Yuán (Bond)

Chinese characters embrace many different concepts. There is an old Chinese saying: If two people have a predestined relationship, they will become friends even if they are thousands of miles…