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Chinese grammar tips:
Each Chinese character represent one syllable, for example the following two characters:
consists of two syllables: Zhōng and guó. Zhōngguó means China
In Chinese there are no tenses, for example:
In Chinese tenses are indicated by words representing progression, continuation or completion.
- I walk (present)
- I have walked (perfect)
- I walked (past)
- I had walked (pluperfect)
- I will walk (future)
- I will have walked (future perfect)
are components of Chinese characters that
you will see repeated over and over again. Learning
the meaning of
radicals will help you to see the connections betwe
en similar categories
of words. Many characters are comprised of radical-
where the radical is the "root" that hints at the m
eaning of the word,
while another part of the character hints at the so
und of the word.
Learning to spot radicals is also useful as they ar
e used when looking up
unfamiliar words in Chinese dictionaries