The difference between Chinese and Western sentence structure

The difference between Chinese and Western sentence structures is vast. The two languages are almost completely different in the way they are structured. This can be seen in the way that Chinese is written and the way that Western languages are written. In Chinese, the written language is not based on an alphabet. Instead, it …

The difference between learning Chinese and other languages

The Chinese language is very different from English, one reason English speakers have difficulty learning it. Chinese has a different writing system and a different sound and pronunciation style. It also has different grammar. But, overall, Chinese and English are like night and day. There are many differences between learning Chinese and other languages. For …

The basic building blocks of Chinese sentences

When learning Chinese, sentence structure is one of the basic building blocks you need to master. If you’re a beginner, understanding how to put it together a proper Chinese sentence can seem daunting. But don’t worry, it’s not as difficult as it looks. There are four main components to a Chinese sentence: the subject, the …

Let he who tied the bell on the tiger take it off -解铃还须系铃人

There have been numerous discussions on this phrase, and there are numerous interpretation of what this phrase 解铃还须系铃人 (jiě líng hái xū xì líng rén) means. From what I have read on the internet, this phrase has been interpreted to depict a situation where the person who said this, refused to mediate, not his job …

Who Invented Pinyin?

Pinyin was adopted by China in 1958. It is a system of romanizing Chinese characters using the Western alphabet and gave readers unfamiliar with Chinese characters a crucial tool to understand how to pronounce them. The person who invented Pinyin, is no other than Zhou Youguang (周有光). Zhou was born Zhou Yaoping (周耀平) in Changzhou …