Chinese is a pictorial language and is the only Language which has no Alphabet. Chinese Characters were initially originated from picture. According legend, Cang Jie (仓颉) inspired by the trace of bird and animal, observing the nature such as Sun, moon, wood, created Chinese Characters or scripts. It is used by around one third of the total population on the earth and has a history of 5000 years. The creation and evolution of Chinese Characters is closely interwoven with the development of Chinese Culture and has long lasting impact on Japan, Korean, Vietnam, and Thailand... etc.
Chinese Characters are the basic carriers of Chinese culture and as an important tool for extending, spreading and exchanging idea. Chinese Characters contain information and will never be replaced by Alphabet.
Chinese Characters present a daunting challenge to foreigner as well as native Chinese. But good news, we have some secrets for you to study Chinese in a smarter way:
Even there is no alphabet but have Component Part (Radicals) in Chinese. The Most Common 20 Chinese Radicals which account 51% of total Chinese Characters
We will explain the top 20 Chinese Radicals with the most common used Characters using in HSK 1 - 6 (Chinese Proficiency Test Level 1-6). This series will let you learn Chinese by giving a briefing of Chinese Character’s origin, illustrating how to write Chinese Characters. They are more than just a Flash Card but the most important thing is to expand your vocabulary in a smart by watching my video, follow me to read and speak. You will find Chinese Characters are so fun and Chinese language is NOT that hard as you thought.
In each video, there is a section call "Vocabulary Builder", which is our many years’ effort in Chinese teaching as a secondary language.
The main features of "Vocabulary Builder" are:
1 The best possible English translations are given. The English translation is referring to Oxford Dictionary and other online dictionaries. Clear English translation is important for foreigner students to understand Chinese better, in which each Character may have many meanings.
2 Up-to-date and updating. We have go thought the whole Oxford Dictionary and other recourses to collect more than 60,000 phrases with the best translation possible for our reference in editing materials. We have added more than 4000 phrases into our database and including many modern phrases in our collection.
3 Indicating the difficulty level of Phrase according to HSK levels.
The Classification according to HSK levels and Frequency of usage of single Character. This is our creation you will not see in any dictionaries. This Classification provides a framework for selection of articles suitable for students’ level and evaluate their progress.
4 The most important thing is the Vocabulary Builder is more than a vocabulary list or new words for individual article, it is a language Builder based on the Chinese language’s special features and China National Reward methodology “集中识字·大量阅读·分步习作” "Literacy-Focused Learning, Mass Reading, Step-by-step Writing" educational system wins the First Class Reward by China Education Ministry in 2010.
The Vocabulary Builder will find and list out the connections among Chinese Characters according the features of language such as Radical, the basic components of Chinese characters.
I am David Yao, the founder of legoomandarin dot com and Education Video (Edeo dot biz ), born in china, resides in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, holding Master degree from university Malaya, have 20 years’ experience in mandarin teaching for foreigners.
Teaching is also a process of learning, especially for me. I enjoy the teaching and always try to find the better solutions from outside perspective ( I am not trained as teacher). The online education is the one of trend which will shape our future education. Combining my Master degree in IT and my mandarin teaching experience, I am focusing on mandarin Chinese online teaching and created many unique methods. The Online Video courses solutions combines my past 22 years’ efforts. The current and upcoming more 100 courses will prove that I am the top gun in mandarin teaching to non-native learners.