If you have no experience reading or writing Chinese, characters can seem a
To help demystify them for you, we're going to analyze written Chinese from
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.
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?
Centuries ago, it was written like this: