Tag Archives: Chinese

Hanja for Cimi: 是 to be 이다

When I first started learning Korean, I learned nouns.  I added a few memorized phrases. Verbs only came later.  Once you start delving into verb conjugation, it gets complicated. However, sentences need verbs 🙂 This post will introduce one verb … Continue reading

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Chinese menu

As much as I am jealous of my friend’s future trip to China, I have to admit the idea of reading an all Chinese menu terrifies me. Some day, I would like to be able to read the food items … Continue reading

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HSK and Chinese Dictionary

The HSKHSK.com website has lists of words from the Chinese Language Proficiency test (Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì  – HSK).  Their zippy little dictionary is nifty.  When I saw the color coded search by radicals, I felt like I had found a kindred … Continue reading

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My First Book of Chinese Calligraphy

I bought “My First Book of Chinese Calligraphy”. It arrived today, and what an excellent book this is. It is full color glossy pages. The binding is rings, so that the pages will lie flat. It comes with a CD. … Continue reading

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Chinese Pinyin & Fun Fun Elmo

I am not studying Chinese, but “Chinese Pinyin in 6 mins” was too adorable.  Made tonal language seem less scary when it involves bears dancing with fish.  I am such a kid at heart. Another video with the alphabet. And … Continue reading

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Hanja for Cimi: 十 10 십

十 ten 10 십 Notice that 十 has both a horizontal and vertical stroke. How would you write 20?   二十   (2 tens) How about thirty?  三十 Well, isn’t that clever? Note one more thing.  This character 十 has two strokes. … Continue reading

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Hanja for Cimi: 1, 2, 3

This week, Cimi and I are learning the Hanja for 1, 2, and 3. 一 1 One 일 二 2 Two 이 三 3 Three 삼 You will note that each of these has a horizontal stroke.

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ChinEasy and Self-Confidence to talk

While trying to look up in the index the word for “to move” 동 動, I realized that to learn Hanja, I am going to have to tackle the same issues I had learning Korean.  Namely, that I don’t have … Continue reading

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New opportunities from speaking Korean

Learning to speak another language brings opportunities. Let me share with you one story.

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Chinese characters aren’t as scary as you think

Lingoholic article on why Chinese characters aren’t as scary as you think.  I am intrigued by the idea of getting to the stories that make up Chinese characters.  Anki deck of the 100 Most Common Radicals. I still think “Chineasy” … Continue reading

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Hanja character strokes

Hanja characters are written on a square grid.  The Han character is also called “square word”.  A practice sheet shows how the square is split into 4 quadrants. The Han character is made in a certain order with various horizontal lines, … Continue reading

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App for Chinese pictographs

Adorable free iPhone app to teach children basic Chinese pictographs.  Cracks me up. Should help me learn a few Hanja.  Comes with Korean as one of the languages, so you can see the Chinese and Korean together. Chinese characters are logograms used … Continue reading

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Mandarin Chinese Numbers

As numbers has been my focus the past two months, I thought it would be interesting to know how to say numbers in Mandarin Chinese. Here from David Qing’s Mandarin Impossible: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AS-2HPtdl4

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Can Chinese help me learn Korean?

Rumbling under the surface is the suspicion that at some point going to need to learn some Chinese to help me with Korean.  Of course, the first thing I want is a book, a dictionary, and a game! “Frustrated in … Continue reading

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