Free useful tool and subsidiary material in learning Mandarin Chinese
There are tens of thousands of Chinese Characters. But the common Chinese Characters is not a lot. The China Education Department has announced the using usually and hypo-usually Chinese Characters; there are about 3500. In fact, according to the statics, if someone knows the most common 1000 Chinese characters then he or she can read 90% Characters of the modern literary language of the China.
How to write Chinese characters
The order of strokes of Chinese characters are traditionally classified into eight basic forms, each appearing in the character "eternally" and according to their contemporary names("Dian", "Heng", "Shu", "Gou", "Ti", "Pie", "Duan Pie", "Na"). Though somewhat arbitrary, this system has remained popular for nearly two millenia.
Chinese Family Surnames
This site contains Chinese Surnames, Chinese Last Names - Baijiaxing, a list of most commonly used Chinese family names and their meaning as well as the story and origin of each surname.
China's most popular 50 names
We collected china's most commonly used 50 names with the Chinese characters and Pinyin, please try to read out in accordance with their Pinyin. You can find these names in Chinese characters with their English meanings. <visit to: 1 , 2>
Chinese Boy Names and Chinese Girl Names
This site contains the mostly used and indigenous Chinese names for boys and girls in Chinese characters instead of just Pinyin names you can find everywhere on the web. You can find these names in Chinese characters with their English meanings.
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I think if a foreigner can speak Chinese, he or she can understand easily about the average Chinese's view. He or she will not let the politicians and journalists (whom from China and foreign) to lead him or her by the nose any more. When making a comment or discussing about China, he or she will not has some extreme views and subjective judgments, whether it's praise or criticism.
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