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Learn read write chinese

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learn read write chinese

learn read write chinese Learn to Speak, Read and Write Chinese - Free Chinese Lessons

Learning to speak Mandarin Chinese, however, is fairly simple because there are none of the verb conjugations that are found in many Western languages.

Mandarin Chinese is a tonal language, which means that the pitch of a syllable can change its meaning. There are four tones in spoken Mandarin: high; rising; falling and rising; and falling.

These kinds of tones are also used in English for emphasis or inflection, but Mandarin tones are entirely different. The tones are the most challenging part of spoken Mandarin, but once the concept has been absorbed, Mandarin vocabulary and grammar is surprisingly easy.

So grab a piece of paper and a pencil, give a click on the links below, and try to write the characters with proper stroke order as demonstrated:

Now that you know these characters, you actually know how to read and write all the numbers through 100. That's because Chinese follows a very simple pattern for counting:

11 = 10 + 1 = 十一
12 = 10 + 2 = 十二
20 = 2 + 10 = 二十
21 = 2 + 10 + 1 = 二十一
28 = 2 + 10 + 8 = 二十八
82 = 8 + 10 + 2 = 八十二
99 = 9 + 10 + 9 = 九十九

Ready for a challenge? Let's try something a little more interesting:

Because the Chinese simplified system is based on the traditional one, many characters are exactly the same in both systems, as we saw with the the numbers 1-10. Even for characters that aren't the same, you will often be able to see similarities. For example, have a look at the character for "love" in the simplified and traditional systems. Almost the same, right?

To get a bit more practical, here are the 25 most frequently used characters in the Chinese language:
Source: http://technology.

Being able to read and write Pinyin is essential for studying Mandarin Chinese.

Here are some Pinyin resources:

Mandarin Grammar

There are a few stumbling blocks when it comes to Mandarin grammar. Sentence construction is often quite different from Western languages, so you must learn to think in Mandarin rather than trying to translate from one language to another.

Take heart, though. In many ways, Mandarin grammar is very easy. There are no verb conjugations, and you never have to worry about subject / object agreements.

Here are some articles and lessons on Mandarin grammar:

Expanding Your Vocabulary

Once you’ve got the basics of tones and pronunciation, you can begin to concentrate on expanding your vocabulary.

The next step is to combine the tones with each other. These exercises will help:

  • Starting with the First Tone
  • Starting with the Second Tone
  • Starting with the Third Tone
  • Starting with the Fourth Tone

Test your ability to recognize Mandarin tones by taking this quiz:


Most people hold back learning Chinese characters until they have at least a basic understanding of the spoken langauge.

Fortunately, there is an alternative way of reading and writing Mandarin that is based on the Western (Roman) alphabet – Romanization.


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