Chinese language has Chinese characters despite of alphabets and each character has not only a sound but also a unique meaning. Although, some huge dictionaries include about 50,000 characters but a person normally needs 2 – 3,000 characters to read a newspaper. If someone is educated from University, he/she would know about 6 – 8,000 Chinese characters.
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Chinese language is the oldest living language. The earliest characters found to be the simple pictorial representations and therefore are known as “pictographs” such as 火 [huǒ] fire , 山 [shān] mountain, and 日 [rì] sun. You can observe the similarity between the pictographs of Chinese characters and the original shapes of the materials or things.
To remember these Chinese transliterations consider these statements;
Fire is called as huǒ in Chinese and whenever you see the fire you say “Ho! There is fire.”
Mountain is called as shān in Chinese and sometimes climbing on a mountain is a matter of excitation (or excitashān)
Sun is called as rì and there are Sunrays.
If the Chinese characters represent the concepts or meanings then they are referred to as ideographs such as, 一 [yī] one, 二 [èr] two, 上 [shàng] above, and 下 [xià] below.