18 Facts About Chinese character


These foreign adaptations of Chinese character pronunciation are known as Sino-Xenic pronunciations and have been useful in the reconstruction of Middle Chinese character.

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For example, many additional readings have the Middle Chinese character departing tone, the major source of the 4th tone in modern Standard Chinese character.

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Each Chinese character is an attempt to combine sound, image, and idea in a mutually reinforcing fashion.

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Soon, people in the Movement started to cite the traditional Chinese character writing system as an obstacle in modernising China and therefore proposed that a reform be initiated.

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Until the early 20th century, Literary Chinese character was used in Vietnam for all official and scholarly writing.

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Oldest writing Chinese character materials found in Vietnam is an epigraphy dated 618, erected by local Sui dynasty officials in Thanh Hoa.

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The oldest writing Vietnamese chu Nom script written along with Chinese character is a Buddhist inscription, dated 1209.

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Indeed, this desire by the Kuomintang to simplify the Chinese character writing system nursed aspirations of some for the adoption of a phonetic script based on the Latin script, and spawned such inventions as the Gwoyeu Romatzyh.

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The Chinese character yun was written with the structure in the oracle bone script of the Shang dynasty, and had remained in use later as a phonetic loan in the meaning of "to say" while the radical was added a semantic indicator to disambiguate the two.

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The basic Chinese character shapes are suggested, rather than explicitly realized, and the abbreviations are sometimes extreme.

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Every character from the Chinese scripts is built into a uniform shape by means of assigning it a geometric area in which the character must occur.

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Each Chinese character has a set number of brushstrokes; none must be added or taken away from the Chinese character to enhance it visually, lest the meaning be lost.

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The fact that it represents a syllable that does not exist in any Standard Chinese word means that it could be classified as a dialectal character.

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The number of entries in major Chinese dictionaries is the best means of estimating the historical growth of character inventory.

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For example, few Gan speakers would recognize the Chinese character meaning 'to lean' in their dialect, because this Chinese character has become archaic in Standard Mandarin.

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Specifically, Chinese coined new characters for chemical elements – see Chemical elements in East Asian languages – which continue to be used and taught in schools in China and Taiwan.

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The right half of the Chinese character contains four strokes, so the user locates the number 4, and turns to the page number given.

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Some dictionaries have a sub-index which lists every Chinese character containing each radical, and if the user knows the number of strokes in the non-radical portion of the Chinese character, he or she can locate the correct page directly.

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