Help Your Child's Chinese Education by Brushing Up on Your Knowledge of Chinese with This
Did You Know? . . .
Mandarin is the official language of China, but it is only one of 56 different languages in China. Chinese languages all use the same writing system, but the way the words are spoken varies widely among the different languages.
Here is an introductory overview of Mandarin. -->
CHINESE WRITING: CHARACTERS
Chinese uses pictographic and ideographic characters, not a phonetic alphabet. Each word has its own unique character, but many characters contain like parts. Here are some introductory videos on Chinese characters:
<-- In writing Chinese characters, the strokes should be made in a certain order.
Chinese has four tones, each of which changes the meaning of a word. In Pinyin, the tone is indicated by an accent mark. -->
In addition to the Chinese characters, Chinese can be read using Pinyin, a system of Romanization (converting non-Latin-alphabet languages to Latin-alphabet words). This video shows how Roman-alphabet combinations are pronounced in Pinyin.
<-- This video combines the ideas of the Chinese pictographic characters, the stroke order, and the Pinyin and pronunciation. It also introduces a cool app you can get for your kid to practice with.
IMPRESS YOUR CHILD
Learn some basic Mandarin greetings to say with your child. -->