The magic of Chinese characters

The magic of Chinese characters

The magic of Chinese characters The magic of Chinese characters The written word, the Chinese characters, have had from their very origin, a magical meaning for the Chinese. There is no doubt that for them a character is not only a symbol of the concept it claims to...
Chinese idioms

Chinese idioms

Chinese idioms Chinese idioms One of the most difficult aspects of Chinese is to learn is the so-called idioms or chengyu (成语). In general, they refer to short sentences composed of four characters that allude to some historical fact or literary anecdote from ancient...
The character chai 拆- dismantle

The character chai 拆- dismantle

The character chai 拆- dismantle The character chai 拆- dismantle One of the most frequent characters in the urban scenery of the China of the development and the transformation is chai 拆- dismantle.  Any walk through the old neighborhoods of most Chinese cities...
The Peach, fruit of immortality

The Peach, fruit of immortality

The Peach, fruit of immortality The Peach, fruit of immortality In my «Manual of Writing Chinese Characters» (1) I hold an opinion contrary to that of most scholars of Chinese characters, and that is that the formation of the so-called picto-phonetic characters...
Chinese character for «snake»

Chinese character for «snake»

Chinese character for «snake” Chinese character for «snake” The Chinese character to represent the snake has undergone over the centuries a curious evolution that, although seen from the cultural perspective of the XXI century may seem strange, it will not be so much...

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