写汉字 (xiě hànzì) Write Chinese

A Chinese character with a lot of different strokes, 永 (yǒng) meaning forever, always
Writing Chinese seems like a big mystery and something you cannot learn, but that’s not true! Yes, there are plenty of rules when it comes to writing Chinese, the fundamental one being stroke order, but once you understand the why, it becomes much easier 🙂 In Chinese, one or more strokes make up a character,…

繁體 (fántǐ) Traditional, 简体 (jiǎntǐ) Simplified, and 拼音 (pīnyīn.) What’s the deal?

So you may have heard some of these words bandied about, and you’re wondering to yourself, what’s going on here? Why is it so complicated? Is Chinese that complicated? Languages are not unchanging, they’re a fluid body of knowledge, and that is never more clear than with the Chinese language. Once upon a time, in…

Memory Centre: 日 (rì) and 月 (yuè)

I’m sure you’ve seen these two before: Chinese, as we’ve mentioned before, was a pictographic language, once upon a time. So when writing was just getting popular, they just drew what they saw. A sun (and the dot in the middle is either a sunspot, or it’s because somebody stared at it for too long,…

Learn to count!

Learning to count in Chinese really is as easy as 1, 2, 3 (at the start anyway!) 一 (yī,) 二 (èr,) 三 (sān) One stroke means one. Duh. Two strokes means two. Ridiculously easy, right? Just make sure the stroke on the bottom (the second stroke) is slightly wider than the stroke above. And yep,…

Memory Centre: 人 (rén) and 大 (dà)

We know how difficult it is to remember all those characters, so we thought we’d start a regular series on helping out with that. And you’re in luck, because this is the very first of its kind! Welcome to the Memory Centre! In this series, we’ll help you remember those pesky Chinese characters (and other…