The Chinese language is perhaps China's greatest treasure.
Continual usage over thousands of years has given it a unique richness and has enabled ancient traditions to be passed on through the generations in written form.
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|Introduction||Information about Chinese and help on starting to learn the Chinese language.|
|Basic Chinese||Start learning the basics online.|
|Chinese tones||Introducing the important tones for vowel sounds.|
|Proverbs||Chinese literature is littered with proverbs and phrases taken from writers over the ages.|
|Poetry||An introduction to the appreciation of Chinese Poetry.|
|Qu Yuan||The father of Chinese Poetry.|
|Pinyin and Wade-Giles||A reference guide to the schemes used for the phonetic spelling of Chinese characters|
|Modern Chinese||One of the achievements of the P.R.C. was a thorough update of the written language and the introduction of pinyin.|
|Families||The names of close family numbers and how Chinese people are given names|
|Women||How women are represented in the language.|
|Religious Concepts||A study of the derivation of Chinese characters used in a religious context.|
Tang dynasty hand-written copy of the Analects of Confucius with Glossary by Zheng Xuan. The earliest copy known dating from 710AD.
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