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Describe the ideological writing system used by the Chinese (characters, which are symbols for concepts/ideas) and how it differs from an alphabetic writing system.


The image shows Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights written in the Zhuang language. English translation: "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood."

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Our English alphabet consists of 26 letters. The letters represent sounds. The sounds are written together to create words.
Multimedia.pngLink here for a youtube video that shows the phonics of the English alphabet.


The Chinese writing system consists of thousands of different characters. Each character represents a different syllable or word. The different characters are put together to create words.

  • Link here for examples of Chinese writing and how the characters are put together to create different words.

  • Link here for a comparison of English to Chinese.

  • Link here for a Chinese word of the day


Multimedia.pngLearn how to write "Elementary School" in Chinese in this video.

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Translate English into Chinese writing.