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Cantonese (Yue) (Yuè 粤)

Cantonese (Yue) (Yuè 粤)

OOI Giok Ling A Cantonese shopper in Macao carries a baby on her back, vegetables in her bag, and an umbrella in her hand. The best known and most populous of the speakers of Cantonese, a language of many dialects, are the people of Guangzhou and Hong Kong. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN. Fifty-five million Chinese speak Cantonese (Yue), which […]

Sino-Tibetan Languages (Hàn-Zàng yǔxì de yǔyán 汉藏语系的语言)

Sino-Tibetan Languages (Hàn-Zàng yǔxì de yǔyán 汉藏语系的语言)

Stefan GEORG Sino-Tibetan languages, by some measurements the largest language family in the world, are divided into two groups. The Sinitic group includes variants of Chinese; the Tibeto-Burman group includes several hundred languages and language groups. In terms of the number of people who speak one of its components as their first language, Sino-Tibetan is the largest language family in […]

Proverbs and Sayings (Yànyǔ hé géyán 谚语和格言)

John G. BLAIR and Jerusha H. McCORMACK Traditional sayings are an important means of passing on cultural wisdom. In China an especially rich accumulation of such sayings has been passed on for well over two thousand years. Today, despite political disruptions and an intrusive modernity, traditional sayings still play an active role, passed on largely by grandparents who often care […]

Naming System (Zhōngguórén xìngmíng xìtǒng 中国人姓名系统)

Yit-Seng YOW While it is now common for Chinese to adopt a Western name, the act of naming in China is considered both a challenge and an art. A given name often reflects the hopes and aspirations parents have for their child, and because the given names are so personalized, one’s identity and personality is often deduced simply from their […]

Only when all contribute their firewood can they build up a strong fire (众人拾柴火焰高)

众人拾柴火焰高 Zhòng rén shí chái huǒ yàn gāo Translation: Only when all contribute their firewood can they build up a strong fire. Meaning: When you work together you will get more done and have better results. Another way of saying “United and we can stand strong,” or “many hands make light work.” Story Long ago, there was a King who […]

Vocabulary A

Vocabulary A Character Pinyin English 奥运 àoyùn Olympics (N)

Vocabulary B

Character Pinyin English 把 bǎ to take; indicates a thing being acted upon 北 běi north (N) 北京 běijīng Beijing (N) 被迫 bèipò compelled (V) 不愿 búyuàn unwilling (V)

Vocabulary C

Character Pinyin English 长城 chángchéng Great Wall (N)

Vocabulary D

Character Pinyin English 打 dǎ to hit (V) 打(蓝)球 dǎ (lán) qiú to hit a ball (VO) 刀 dāo knife, sword (N) 到了 dào le to arrive, have arrived (V) 的 de possessive preposition 敌人 dírén enemy (N) 锻炼 duànliàn to exercise (V)

Vocabulary F

Character Pinyin English 发出 fāchū to issue, to go out (V)