Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Chinese Language in all it's Forms

Chinese writing appeared nearly six thousand years ago. It is one of the oldest systems of writing in the world which began as pictograms (simplified images of the objects they represent) and has evolved into ideograms (symbols that stand for ideas) known as characters. Over time Chinese characters evolved into different styles, and in 1956 many of the characters were simplified by reducing their number of strokes.
There are approximately 10,000 characters, and in order to be considered literate (or in order to read a newspaper) you must know at least 3,000

Below are a few videos that show the evolution of the ancient pictograms for table, fruit and tree respectively, to the simplified characters they are now.

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