The chinese writing system is one of the oldest known written languages – some of the earliest examples of ancient chinese writing date back to over 4,000 years ago the chinese writing systems uses a logographic system (a series of symbols that represent a complete word or a phrase) the system. The earliest evidence of ancient chinese writing was found in the early 20th century ce when cattle bones and turtles shells were uncovered in china priests or holy men used the bones and shells to tell future events the bones and shells were inscribed with metal tools or with ink-filled brush strokes that described a. The chinese writing system is an unique phenomenon in the modern world of alphabet scripts instead of a few dozen letters, it has developed thousands of complex signs or characters that represent morphemes and words even related writing systems such as japanese and korean, while sharing many of the same. An introduction to the chinese writing system including its development over time , basic structures, and use. Writing the chinese use a very different writing system to english english words are made up of a collection of letters that each has its own sound the chinese use logograms - where a symbol represents a meaning or a word. The japanese language uses three different systems for writing there are two syllabaries—hiragana and katakana—which have characters for each basic mora (syllable) along with the syllabaries, there are also kanji, which is a writing system based on chinese characters however, kanji have changed since their.
Simplified chinese was introduced to boast literacy levels in communist china ( 1952), though the simplification of the writing system had been considered since 1905, the idea behind it was to reduce the number of strokes needed to write a character, making it easier to learn this simplified system is taught throughout. E reischauer and j fairbank, east asia: the great tradition (boston: houghton mifflin 1960), pp 42-44, advantages and disadvantages of the writing system the chinese writing system has certain drawbacks when compared with the simpler phonetic systems of the west it obviously takes a great deal more time and. Chinese character tutorial if you're interested in reading and writing chinese characters, there's no better place to get started than with the numbers 1-10 they are quite simple to write, useful to know, and are exactly the same in both the traditional and simplified writing systems so grab a piece of paper and a pencil, give.
Subfamily of the sino-tibetan family of languages (see sino-tibetan languages ), which is also sometimes grouped with the tai, or thai, languages in a sinitic subfamily of the sino-tibetan language stock chinese comprises a number of variants those. How the chinese writing system works the illustrations below of the various ways the character for horse is used in chinese give you an idea of how the chinese script works. Chinese writing, basically logographic writing system, one of the world's great writing systems like semitic writing in the west, chinese script was fundamental to the writing systems in the east until relatively recently, chinese writing was more widely in use than alphabetic writing systems, and until the 18th century more.
The inscriptions have not been reviewed by experts outside the country, but a group of chinese scholars on archaeology and ancient writing met last weekend in zhejiang province to discuss the finding they agreed that the inscriptions are not enough to indicate a developed writing system, but xu said they include. Watch this ancient chinese scribe figure out how to use a fixed set of characters to write limitless words in his language how by combining meaning writing. Arch chinese is a premier chinese learning system crafted by chinese teachers in the united states for mandarin chinese language learners at k-12 schools and universities designed from the start specifically for english speakers who have no or little knowledge of mandarin chinese, it offers a rich set of features with a.
The chinese writing system was most likely conceived sometime towards the end of the 2nd millennium bc1 according to omniglotcom a common form of written communication for the vast kingdom was standardized for the first time in the 3rd century bc, during the reign of the first chinese emperor, shih huang-ti. Haruo shirane :: the official language, the official writing system was chinese chinese was still the great model, the great standard by which the japanese saw themselves, measured themselves and so men wrote in chinese this is the public language all documents were in chinese all imperial edicts were in chinese.