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Playful Illustrations Make It Easy to Learn Chinese. By ShaoLan Hsueh.

Playful Illustrations Make It Easy to Learn Chinese. By ShaoLan Hsueh.

Chinese characters used to be pictograms. These illustrations by ShaoLan Hsueh are witty as they show the fundamentals of Chinese characters and allow one to easily associate the referrents of these characters!

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Chinese Numbers. The first column is the Arabic/Indian numerals, the second column is the standard Chinese character, and the third column is the “capital” Chinese character. The "capital" forms are known as banker's anti-fraud numerals, necessary because Chinese standard characters are so simple, a forger could easily change 三十 to 五千 with just three strokes. Some have other uses as well (for example, 贰 èr can also mean "to betray").

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