Chinese Characters

The Chinese character for good. (Image: Vision Times)

The Chinese Character for Good: 好

If something is good, the Chinese describe it as 好 (hăo). For example, in China, people greet each other with 你好嗎 (nĭhăo ma?) “Are you doing well?” One possible answer could be 我很好 (wŏ hĕnhăo) “I am doing (very) well.”

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Cangjie and the Invention of Chinese Characters

According to legend, the Chinese characters were invented by a man named Cangjie, who was an official during the time of the legendary Yellow Emperor, Huangdi. Huangdi assigned Cangjie the…

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The Chinese Character for Good: 好

If something is good, the Chinese describe it as 好 (hăo). For example, in China, people greet each other with 你好嗎 (nĭhăo ma?) “Are you doing well?” One possible answer…

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The Chinese Character for Spring 春

The Chinese character for spring is “春.” This character is pronounced chūn, and is a depiction of folded hands as the top element of the character, and a sun as…

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The King (王) of Chinese Characters

Kings ruled societies in ages past. Just a few centuries ago, a hundred thousand kings ruled a hundred thousand kingdoms on Earth. China, too, was a land of kings. The…

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Chinese Characters: 福 (Fú) Blessings, Happiness

福(fú)is the Chinese word for blessings 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: 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: