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How Is Learning Chinese Writing Different From Learning A Western Language?

By Kah Joon Liow

In the modern Chinese writing system, each character is a

form of its own, representing a particular sound and at

least one meaning.

In other words, each Chinese symbol is

a unity of form, sound and meaning.

To learn Chinese writing, you need to know each Chinese symbol or character individually.

You will need a vocabulary of at least 3,000

characters to understand 90% of what you read.

A vocabulary of 4-5,000 characters allows you to understand

almost everything written in Chinese in the modern

context.

Although there are more than 60,000 characters

listed in the largest Chinese dictionaries most of them are

ancient symbols and no longer in use.

Only a very small proportion of Chinese characters- some 300, perhaps- are simple representations of natural objects; all others are composite signs.

Each sign generally has two components:

a graphic component (which represent a man, woman, tree

etc.)

and a phonetic component, which gives some idea of

the pronunciation.

Learning Chinese writing is quite different from learning a Western language.

To learn a Western language like English, you need to know a whole series of sounds.

If you take an English word apart, separating it into its many phonetic syllables, it would lose its meaning altogether.

In learn Chinese writing, you first learn the characters and then you learn the word.

Take, for instance, the Chinese word da4 xue2 大学

which means "university". First you learn da4 "big and

xue2 "school; learn separately.

Although the meaning of da xue has to do with da and xue, it is not a simple case of da "big plus xue "school".

It does not mean "big school".

If you were to take the English word "university"

and try to figure out its meaning based on the meanings of

the five syllabic components u/ni/ver/sit/ty, you would not

understand anything because they mean nothing.

So, the Chinese character forms the basis in learning Chinese writing whereas the word or sentence forms the basis for learning a Western language.

In Chinese writing, the symbol is the unit carrier of meaning whereas in English it is the word which serves the same purpose.

Chinese characters are essentially pictures and they appeal to the eye.

In comparison, Western letters and words are based on

sound rather than sight.

About The Author

Kah Joon Liow

Want to learn Chinese for pleasure and profit in less time? Like to discover the culture of Chinese characters and enhance your life? Liow Kah Joon is your guide. Sign up for his free Chinese Symbols ezine at http://www.living-chinese-symbols.com.


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