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An Introduction to Chinese Characters

If you have no experience reading or writing Chinese, characters can seem a little intimidating.

To help demystify them for you, we're going to analyze written Chinese from several angles:

By the end of this section, you'll probably understand Chinese characters well enough to explain them at your next family reunion or cocktail party.

NOTE
A common misconception is that all Chinese characters are meant to look like the things they represent. In fact, only a small percentage of characters are "pictograms," and many of those have evolved over time to the point that they only slightly resemble their subjects.

Does this character really look like a moon to you? yue

Centuries ago, it was written like this: China Moon



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