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Chinese name includes two parts. The first part is the family name and the second part is the given name. Chinese family name title is divided into xing and shi. The origin of xing was earlier than shi. Xing could possibly be dated back to the matriarchal society. Xing came into use to distinguish one matrilineal clan from another for intermarriage. When look at the composition of Chinese characters, we will discover that the radical “女” (female) is utilized in some ancient Chinese xing, such as “姜”(Jiang), “姚”(Yao), “姬”(Ji), “妣”(Si),, that's a trace from the matrilineal society. Names of some animals including “马”(ma) (means horse), “熊”(xiong)(indicates bear) “龙”(long) (means dragon) can also be taken as xing, which reveals the totem worship of the individuals of primitive society.
Shi was adopted some time later. Since the population grew, a lot more and more people shared the same xing and one matrilineal clan was divided into numerous branches which lived far away from each other. This resulted in making use of the shi with which to differentiate the different branches. Shi had varied origins. Some have been in the reign titles or feoffs like “齐” (Qi), “赵”(Zhao)etc. Some have been in the titles such as “文”(Wen), “武”(Wu).
Some Chinese Phrase You Should Know
In this article, you will learn some regularly used Chinese phrases.
Classes in Chinese Grow as the Language Rides a Wave of Popularity
The future of foreign language study in the United States might be Chinese. Chinese classes began in America for just several years. Many American students are already choosing it over Spanish. Chinese is new baby. Everybody just wants in.
With encouragement from the Chinese and American governments, schools across the United States are expanding their language offerings to include Chinese, the world's most spoken tongue, not to mention one of its most difficult to learn.
Is Chinese Really So Hard to Learn as a Second Language
Many foreigners are complaining about Chinese is so hard to learn: the ridiculously difficult writing system, the confusing four tones, the extensive system of measure words, so many things to memorize. It seems that I should thank God just for being born Chinese. Is Chinese really that hard to learn as a foreign language?
Chinese has evolved
The Times recently published an article about China’s effort to manage the vast number of characters in the Chinese language. A government computer database, designed to recognize people’s names on identity cards, is programmed to read about 32,000 of the roughly 55,000 Chinese characters, cutting out the more “obscure” characters.
The Importance of Learning Chinese Writing
There are an estimated 1.3 to 1.5 billion native Chinese speakers in the world. The various dialects of Chinese make it the most widely spoken language group in the world. Chinese is an official language in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Macao and Malaysia, among others. In addition, Chinese is a common second language in many places, including Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia--especially in the northern areas closer to the Chinese border.
Pronunciation of Mandarin Chinese
The first step to learn Mandarin Chinese is turning out to be accustomed to Mandarin pronunciation. Understanding how to pronounce Mandarin assists with speaking and listening skills.
The Mandarin language has 21 consonants and 16 vowels. Altogether they're able to be combined collectively to create more than 400 mono-syllabic sounds.
It is the same as English, you have to try to hear the differences and study hard on understanding how to pronounce Mandarin sounds.
Communicate with Chinese
This article can be written for an English speaking audience who're taken to get a diverse culture and techniques of communicating than here in China. It covers what sort of communication can be expected in China, what tensions and misunderstandings could come up, and how to react.
Chinese Language Facts
The Chinese languages are the languages of the Han people, the major ethnic group of China. The Chinese languages are spoken by over one billion people. Approximately 95 percent of the Chinese population speaks Chinese, as opposed to the non-Chinese languages such as Tibetan , Mongolian, Lolo, Miao, and Tai spoken by minorities.
Chinese Vocabulary List
Here you'll find some frequent used Mandarin Chinese vocabulary which can help you improve your spoken Chinese and enlarge your Chinese vocabulary.
The Fastest Way to Learn Chinese
No matter how long you’ve studied Chinese, there are efficient and not so efficient ways of tackling the language. Since you are already on such a tough journey, why not take the path with the biggest pot of gold at the end?
Body Language in China
Body language forms an important element of daily communication. Consciously or unconsciously we are apt to use diverse elements of our body to deliver certain messages across. The fact is that body language isn't used very likely all over the world. The use and idea of certain body languages can vary widely across distinct cultures. Body language used in one culture might be altogether various from that utilized in other culture. The body language that possibly considered appropriate in a single place might turn out to become offensive in the other.
Social reality is sometimes reflected by language; culture reflects language, which may be embodied inside the meaning of vocabularies distinctively, specially the loanwords. Loanword can be a production of direct and indirect contact among different countries. Language will mix diverse components from languages and also have the duality of distinct cultures. We can absorb and deal with some useful things by means of loanwords. The communication and mix of cultures have left deep marks. In all elements of language, loanwords can characterize such marks much more clearly.
Formation of Characters
Written on the Oracle bone script, the earliest known Chinese texts, show a completely advanced writing system, with minor distinction in functionality from today’s characters. It's assumed that the early development of characters had been dominated by pictograms. The objects were depicted, and ideograms, which meaning was expressed iconically.
Common Knowledge of Chinese Characters
Few of nationalities in China have the right to work with and create their very own languages and written characters. Chinese and its written characters are widely used in China and United Nations has designated Chinese as one of the five working languages. Due to the historical and geographical reasons, you'll find there are numerous dialects in Chinese language, including Wu, Guangdong and Fujian dialects. However, the common speech of the Han nationality, also known as Mandarin, has been defined as the common language by the Chinese government.
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