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Lesson 1 Chinese Characters 人, 从, 个

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In this lesson, you'll learn the following Chinese characters:
• 人 (rén) – person / people
• 从 (cóng) – from
• 个 (ge) – measure word (generic)

In this lesson, you'll learn the following Chinese characters:
• 人 (rén) – person / people
• 从 (cóng) – from
• 个 (ge) – measure word (generic)

Comments (53)

I want to learn both traditional and simplified Chinese characters. Will I run the risk of being confused between the two? How can I reduce the risk? Should I learn traditional first and then, later on, learn simplified? I want to be able to read and type in both, and only be able to write the traditional form. Any advice will be much appreciated, thank you very much.
Damien Cooray 2 months 1 week ago
A great (and often asked) question! If your ultimate goal is to know both, I think it's OK to start learning both right off the bat. As you learn both versions of the characters you will quickly start to notice patterns as to how simplified characters were created and how smaller components appear different/same between the two sets. (For example, you can learn how the same radicals appear differently in simp/trad and that is a already a huge step for most characters).
Jason at Yoyo Chinese 2 months 1 week ago edited
From there, I would say practice typing the each new sentence you learn in both simplified and traditional using pinyin. The exercise of typing and needing to select the correct corresponding characters, first in simp then in trad, will help a lot. If that's too much to retain right away though, do remember that there is so much overlap (characters that are identical) between the two that is not very difficult to learn one set, and then later learn the other. That's what I did! :)
Jason at Yoyo Chinese 2 months 1 week ago
Hi YangYang, I have just joined your course today. I would like to acknowledge you and your team to be my mentor on my journey in learning Mandarin Chinese for the next twelve months. I would like to say hello and thank you for your help. Can I please ask a question. I want to know whether there is a word 'and' in Mandarin. For example, if I want to say: One 'and' two, this 'and' that. How can we say it in Madarin? Thanks.
punchbowlthenguyen 4 months 1 week ago
Awesome, glad to have you studying with us! :) 和 (hé) is probably the closest word to and, but it's much more limited in it's usage. For example, it's only used to link together nouns, like thing1 +thing2. It's not used to link verbs or sentences!
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 4 months 1 week ago
Hi ! I already started learning characters with the book "Remembering Simplified Hanzi". Nevertheless, I see that the "keywords" that you give here for the characters (used later on as primitive elements) are different from those in my book (for exemple, 从 is here presented as "from", whereas it's presented as "follow" in my book). I fear that memorizing different keywords confuse me later on, when I need to learn characters which are compounds of these first basic characters. What can I do ?
Gauthier92 11 months 1 week ago
Learn both! :P. It's not that either translations are wrong, it's that Chinese characters don't always have an one to one translation to English, and sometimes meanings don't translate "cleanly" if that makes sense? Characters are formed with radicals/elements but they have their own definition and different usage as words. Also character don't always mean the same when they are together (character+character) to form other words so don't worry too far ahead! :)
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 11 months 1 week ago
Can I download all the Review Worksheets and Quiz Sheets in a .zip or I need to download one by one on every video? I don´t see the .zip on the Download Center, Thanks!
Epis 1 year 7 months ago
As for now, you may have to download them one by one on every video. Sorry about the inconvenience, Epis. It's a good idea to have them in .zip file and made available in the download center. I'll bring this to Yangyang's attention. Thank you,
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 7 months ago
Hi Yangyang, I noticed you used the Dutch gesture for answering the phone (thumb and little finger visible from the fist of your hand) when you said "six". Interesting difference between Chinese and Dutch gestures...
mvanooijen 1 year 9 months ago edited
Haha, yes, it's the same gesture for answering the phone in China as well if you tilt your fingers a little bit. :)
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 9 months ago edited
I never imagine it could be so easy 2 learn. Thank you 4 make it possible..
samuelin 1 year 10 months ago
We are so glad to hear that you found it easy to learn. Happy studies. :)
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 10 months ago
Can I download onto a Samsung ipad? Says file could harm device.
Valerie 1 year 10 months ago
I think your iPad just wants to protect you from harm! :) But all of the files are totally safe to download. Enjoy!
Micah at Yoyo Chinese 1 year 10 months ago
Edo asked a while back for a way to type tone marks. Corey mentioned www.MDGB.net which is good but there's another free option. QuickPinyin puts tone marks directly in the text within the application you're using such as email. This is faster than MDGB because you don't have the additional step of copying and pasting. I've been using it for about a year with good results. Here's the link: http://www.chinese-forums.com/index.php?/topic/37827-quickpinyin-type-pi...
scott.droege 1 year 11 months ago
That's a great tool. Thank you so much for sharing, Scott. We really appreciate that.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 11 months ago
That looks like a great program! It appears to be Windows-only, but I'm sure that covers a larger percentage of the Yoyo Chinese users. On GNU/Linux, there is an input method called "Hanyu Pinyin (m17n) PY" that provides pinyin with tone mark input. So it's at the same level as other input methods such as 中文,English, etc. However this may help less than 1% of the users of Yoyo Chinese. If anyone knows of a program similar to what Scott mentioned, but for MacOS, please post here!
Corey 1 year 11 months ago
Mac OS (the modern versions) includes a keyboard which allows you to do this. Unfortunately it takes some getting used to. You can find a set of instructions at http://pinpinchinese.com/blog/how-to-type-pinyin-tone-marks-mac-os-x-yos....
Arkaaito 1 year 9 months ago
Thank you so much for the information, Arkaaito. That's very helpful. :)
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 8 months ago
This is my first han zi lesson. Hope I get all yoyo 300s right!! Xie xie Cheng Laoshi..!
mishradebbie12.c@gmail.com 2 years 1 week ago
Hope you are having a great start! Enjoy studying! :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 1 week ago
Excellent course though as it is this course that has got me started after researching for some many months and beginning to feel I should give up. So a thank you is in order for this course.
FengChui 2 years 3 weeks ago
Thank you so much for the encouraging comments. We really appreciate the support.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 3 weeks ago
The only criticism is that the Hanzi "dao" is not explained what it means. I had to look it up and it means "to" [as in "cong yi dao san" translates "from one to three"]. I want to know what every Hanzi means. It would be good to know why did they not feel to explain what "dao" means and just writing the Hanzi?
FengChui 2 years 3 weeks ago
I think it's because you are expected to have known the meaning of dào from the beginning and intermediate Chinese courses. The hanzi for dào (到), I am almost certain, will be taught later.
Corey 2 years 3 weeks ago
I thought that this lesson was for beginners. As I'm a beginner. So should one have done another course before this then as in intermediate Chinese courses. Cos it didn't appear anything beyond intermediate. However, in YoYou Chinese defense the meaning was said verbally in the sentence and I found the meaning easily enough - it more convenient I guess just to put it in if it's there. But I'm under the understanding that this is the beginners course.
FengChui 2 years 3 weeks ago
Corey is right. The character 到 (dào) won't be taught until Lesson 84. Thank you for your understanding.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 3 weeks ago
There is a video that discusses the prerequisites: https://www.yoyochinese.com/learn-Chinese/chinese-character-course/Lesso...
Corey 2 years 3 weeks ago
Hi, will you be adding Anki flashcards for these lessons? They are the most fantastic learning tool for your conversational Chinese course.
justyn 2 years 3 weeks ago
We will work on it when time allows. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 3 weeks ago
Hello - is there a way to download the character course's schedule in .pds form? And is there a way to download the review and quiz worksheets for multiple lessons all at once?
Jenn51884 2 years 1 month ago
Thank you for letting us know your concerns. Currently we don't have the character schedule in PDF format. We'll upload the review sheet and quizzes in batches to our Download Center soon.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 1 month ago
thanks yoyo chinese you solved all my problem
123 2 years 3 months ago
My iPhone 8.3 iOS, has a Chinese keyboard with a 'handwriting' option. It's kind of fun because you can draw your character on the screen and if the software recognizes it, it will list it over the keyboard. It took a few times for it to recognize my 'conga', but it helped me in forming it... maybe android has this too ?
Bichon 2 years 3 months ago
The Google Android keyboard definitely has this ability too, although it is a bit impatient if I don't write quickly enough :-/
Corey 2 years 3 months ago
In quiz answers you have typed yi in second tone, is that correct?
RistoL 2 years 3 months ago
Yes, it should be 2nd tone. When yi follows with a fourth tone, it changes to 2nd tone. You may refer to our Google hangout lesson 4 for detail discussion about tone change rules.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 3 months ago
This is great Yang Yang. You have really raised your videos to another level with this series. It is really feeling like an intuitive, codified system perfectly attuned to the short attention span of human beings in the Digital Age. The production quality has improved greatly as well. Thank you for all your hard work. And by the way it seems that as time passes you only get more "big sheep."
derek 2 years 3 months ago
Thank you so much for the encouraging comments, derek. We sincerely appreciate that. Have fun studying with our character lessons. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 3 months ago
Hi, Is there any easy way to type tone marks (I mean the real -,´,etc, not the numbers 1,2,3,4)? Congratulations for your great work!
Edo 2 years 3 months ago
Corey 2 years 3 months ago
Thank you, very good!
Edo 2 years 3 months ago
amazing! thanks
Ivannita 2 years 3 months ago
Hi Yang yang, Love your work, make learning enjoyable,thank your for sharing. Will definitely & happly spread your good work around. Your student. Max Chong
Chee Yeen 2 years 3 months ago
Thank you of the encouraging comments and spreading the words, Max. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 3 months ago
Little by little (Petit à petit, l'oiseau fait son nid.)
Jacko 2 years 3 months ago
Hi Yangyang, thank you ! I also learn a lot from you, although I'm a Chinese Chinese myself !
ZHEFENG LYU 2 years 3 months ago
Hello, Yangyang ! I almost have finished Beginners Course and I had no intention to learn the hanzi's. But with your enthusiastic way of comunicating and introducing this method I have changed my mind and will- thanks to you and your charming personality - participate in learning these 300 characters ! Thank you very much indeed. Wolfgang
Hillig 2 years 3 months ago
Thank you so much for the support! That's great to hear! :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 3 months ago
Great lesson!
pcobos 2 years 3 months ago
Totally fantastic! It has restored my interest. We say "A change is as good as a rest". The course structure and the lessons are so very well put together. Thanks.
dreadnought 2 years 3 months ago
Thanks for the nice comments. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 3 months ago
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