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I remember a day in my first semester sophomore year of college when my Chinese language teacher said, “Class, we are now going to learn simplified characters from now on.” I was shocked. What did this mean? Did I have … Continue reading
Most folks realize that Chinese has characters, symbols, rather than an alphabet of letters, to create discrete words. Each character has a meaning and characters are often combined to create full words. However, to the novice Chinese learner, Chinese characters offer … Continue reading
OK. So what does that mean? In Chinese, it means that the way your voice rises and falls can completely alter a word’s meaning. It also means that context is very important in Chinese. Even if you get the pronunciation … Continue reading