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Lesson 2 Chinese Characters 大, 天, 太


In this lesson, you'll learn the following Chinese characters:
• 大 (dà) – big
• 天 (tiān) – sky / day
• 太 (tài) – too (much) / Ms. or Mrs.

In this lesson, you'll learn the following Chinese characters:
• 大 (dà) – big
• 天 (tiān) – sky / day
• 太 (tài) – too (much) / Ms. or Mrs.

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Nomis H 4 months 2 weeks ago
Woohoo for you being first in class! :) Maybe you can help out your classmates and introduce them to us?
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 4 months 2 weeks ago
太 + adjective + 了. But why do I see xiǎng tài duō (想 太 多) in the review worksheet without 了 character? Is duō (多) not an adjective? I'm confused about this.
Serena Dinh 1 year 8 months ago
想太多 (xiǎng tài duō) means think too much. Here, 太多 goes together to mean "too much". It's not in the form "too + adjective".
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 8 months ago
So if I want to say " thank you very much", can I write: xie xie tai duo?
Serena Dinh 1 year 8 months ago
For "Thank you very much", people usually say 非常感谢 (fēi cháng gǎn xiè), may sound a little formal. xiè xie tài duō means "thanks too much", which is not normally said.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 8 months ago
I see. 非常感谢, yoyo
Serena Dinh 1 year 8 months ago
1. Is the stroke order important? 2.Is there a rule, such as left to right strokes first, then vertical stroke? 3. I noticed that when there is more than 1 horizontal stroke such as in the character tian, one is longer than the other. Is this important when writing the characters?
Valerie 1 year 10 months ago
1. Yes, stroke order is important for getting the proper shape of the characters. It also helps with memorizing the characters because you know where to start. 2. Yes, the rules can be found here: . 3. Yes, sometimes the length of horizontal strokes can change the meaning. Example: 土 (tǔ) has a shorter upper horizontal stroke. This character means soil or ground. 士 (shì) has a longer upper horizontal stroke and means scholar.
Micah at Yoyo Chinese 1 year 10 months ago
Nice lesson!!! It will be very helpful for my Chinese learning. Why don't you do an app with interactive quiz ?
Edgar Vega 1 year 11 months ago
Thanks for the suggestions. We are working on developing an app for our site. :)
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 11 months ago
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Corey 2 years 3 months ago
Those pictograms are pretty simple and easy to recall. The ideograms will certainly be a lot tougher to commit to memory. But one has to learn how to crawl before walking and running. And as Yangyang said in the introduction, recurrent patterns in more complex characters will make these more easily memorized if one knows how to break down such characters into its different parts. Streams will become rivers that in turn will change into...
Jacko 2 years 3 months ago
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Yoyo Chinese 2 years 3 months ago
Already last year, I covered the other courses. I would like to subscribe to only the character course. What about billing and time frame of this course? Kalun
kalun 2 years 3 months ago
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Yoyo Chinese 2 years 3 months ago
The review and the Quiz areas are a good check on what has been learned.
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