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Lesson 3 How are Chinese characters formed?

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Learn 4 different ways Chinese characters are formed. You'll get to see all the shortcuts you have for learning Chinese characters.
Learn 4 different ways Chinese characters are formed. You'll get to see all the shortcuts you have for learning Chinese characters.

Comments (30)

When Chinese-born persons see a character unknown to them, how can they find out the pronunciation? Must they use pinyin dictionaries?
bfaziomail 4 months 3 weeks ago
They can search up the character using parts of the word, called radicals. You can also use pinyin to find characters that you forgot how to write. So if you know how to write or say the word, you can find it in the dictionary! :)
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 4 months 3 weeks ago
I'm in LOVE with chinese. I've always wanted to learn chinese but couldn't. yoyo chinese has actually made my dream come true. if possible im falling in LOVE with CHINESE ALL OVER AGAIN YOU'RE AMAZING YANG YANG!!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!! FIGHTING
Hojo Kuniko 1 year 6 months ago
Thanks: I hope I'll be able to do so too.
bfaziomail 4 months 2 weeks ago
加油 (jiā yóu)!!! Keep going Bruno! :)
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 4 months 2 weeks ago
That's awesome! Happy studies, Hojo. :)
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 6 months ago
Oh my god, I'm hooked so much. This video is priceless.
Jess.sunshine 1 year 8 months ago
Thanks for the nice words, Jess. Hehe. Happy studies! :)
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 8 months ago
With this course you show me an amazing new world. Very addictive. Very good explanation, highly motivating.Great teacher...
samuelin 1 year 10 months ago
Thank you so much for your encouraging comments, samuelin. Good luck with your Chinese studies. Feel free to let us know if you have any question.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 10 months ago
I have a question. If you see a weird Chinese word. I mean a word you don't know, a completely new word for you. could you know how to pronounce it?
Kazuke Li 2 years 1 month ago
Usually no, you may need to use a Chinese dictionary to look it up. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 1 month ago
Because "meaning+sound" characters are the most common, once you learn enough characters (over 1000), you will often be able to guess what a character means simply by its components, even if you don't recognize the character as a whole or the radical. This won't get you the right answer every time, but don't panic. Actually, even knowing a character's most common pronunciation might not help. 你会不会说中文? (Ni3 hui4 bu2 hui4 shuo1 zhong1wen2?) 你会不会做会计? (Ni3 hui4 bu2 hui4 zuo4 kuai4 ji4?) 加油! :)
chambm 1 year 10 months ago
Yes, we absolutely agree with you. Knowing the components may give you a hint on how it may sound or mean, but not necessary always true. 会 is a good example of a character with multiple pinyin and meanings.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 10 months ago
You are a great teacher JC
JC 2 years 3 months ago
I think I was too late to learn Chinese but with yang yang I feel like im diving to it .I'm a beginner and I'm enjoying lessons looking fwd for next day.......... with new words
sandykevin 2 years 3 months ago
Thank you so much for the support. You can do it. Have fun studying with our character lessons. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 3 months ago
What's a wonderful lesson... <3
Tateya-nuon 2 years 3 months ago
Thanks! :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 3 months ago
The way you present the information to us, makes it very clear and easy to learn. I have never looked at Chinese characters this way before, but now I see them in a new light. Thank you so much LaoShi!
sirengoddess38 2 years 3 months ago
Thank you so much for the nice words. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 3 months ago
But doesn't 海洋mean ocean? Do you have to add the 海part?
Classyman96 2 years 3 months ago
You are right. 海洋 hǎi yáng means ocean. Although we don't usually say 洋 yáng by itself, it also has a meaning as ocean.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 3 months ago
This is what i am searching and willing to learn about Chinese Characters ... Thanks lao shi ...
Crome Shine 2 years 3 months ago
It sounds and looks so simple explained by you: the combination of sound and meaning in the character for the word ocean (洋 yáng). Great example!
Jacko 2 years 3 months ago
Interesting
China Doll 2 years 3 months ago
love your analogies. i can't wait to impress my friends :)
Abe 2 years 3 months ago
this is great!!! feichang hao
munizsonia 2 years 3 months ago
Amazing! Your explanations are so clear and understandable that make me want to learn much more about Chinese.
Tân Nguyễn 2 years 3 months ago
hello I'm christian I'm teaching my dad chinese yang yang I'm a level 8/10 level please to meet you thanks for helping me understand about chinese
gjokoro12 1 month 3 weeks ago
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