Oct. 4th, 2011

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Time for another Chinese lesson!

So, if you ask a random person on the street (that is not in China, obviously) about Chinese characters they will tell you several common myths about Chinese writing. The myth that Chinese characters are pictographs, and the myth that you have to start from the beginning for each character. In fact only about 2-3% of Chinese characters are pictographs! The majority of Chinese characters (about 85%) are composed of a radical, which indicates meaning, and a phonetic, which indicates sound. So all you have to do is learn the 100 most common radicals and phonetics and you'll be able to read about 85%+ of all the characters you'll run across!

Or, as my teacher says, Chinese is actually easy. I'm not entirely sure I believe her yet, but oh well :D

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