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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). So...

A Chinese Word Made Up of 5 Characters

Did you know that one Chinese word can be composed of five different characters? Do you know what this word is? The word composed of five...

Chinese Idioms: Stories from the Ming Dynasty

Double-dealing Near the end of the Yuan Dynasty, the Yuan army and the rebel army, which contained the future rulers of the Ming Dynasty, were...

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...

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...

Story Behind the Famous Chinese Phrase: Zengzi Kills the Pig

Zengzi, a Chinese philosopher and student (scholar) of Confucius, was well known and often quoted in connection with one of the most famous Chinese...

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...

Popular Chinese Phrases Based on the Chinese Character for Tiger: 虎

There are many popular Chinese phrases that are based on the Chinese character for tiger, 虎 (pronounced hǔ). This is a popular symbol among...

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...

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...

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...

Why the Communist Party Promotes Simplified Chinese Characters

The world is of the opinion that those who know Chinese characters are wise and worthy, whereas those who do not know Chinese characters...

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