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Chinese Characters with the “walk” Radical

辶 is a very common Chinese radical related to “walking” (走 – zǒu). There are more than 380 characters listed under this radical in the Kangxi Dictionary and most of them have some connection to transportation or the action of walking.…

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Major Question Words in Chinese

Last time we covered the most important basic grammar points for any beginner to know. To continue our foray into Chinese grammar, let’s learn the Chinese characters that create the foundations for some of the most commonly used question words.…

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Commonly used Chinese Grammar Particles

One of the various misconceptions about Mandarin Chinese language is that it has no grammar. However, despite not having noun declension, verb conjugation and many other types of typical structures for European languages, Chinese grammar is still highly structured. Here are…

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Pronouns in Chinese characters

Personal pronouns are the most basic words in a language. They are essential for daily conversations, so of course it is important to learn how to write them. In Chinese language, the written forms of personal pronouns are surprisingly tricky. Unlike…

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Chinese Characters about Farming and Nature

Agriculture developed very early on in ancient China. Since that time and until very recently, the majority of the population was made up by farmers. Agriculture is still central to national policy and makes up the basis of ordinary life…

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Chinese Characters for Animals

In the fifth post of this series we looked at some Chinese words for body parts. This time we’re going to continue our thematic learning with another set of twelve characters about animals! Origin These characters are probably among some…

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