How Chinese characters evolved | The Origin of Chinese characters | EXPLORE MODE

42 thoughts on “How Chinese characters evolved | The Origin of Chinese characters | EXPLORE MODE

  1. Nice video, I make videos about Chinese characters, too. I love calligraphy and ancient history, so it's a perfect fit for me.

  2. Wow! Such a rich culture! so informative lots of research done, yet explained in simple terms to reach all ages! great job! Subbed!

  3. Too many false information about the modern history part. Simplification didn't start during Mao. There were multiple attempts before Mao in the first half of 1900s. The now "simplified" version of 爱 wasn't "invented" out of blue. It existed in many historical scriptures throughout history for centuries, just like many other simplified characters. They were alternative versions in history. The 注音符号 or Zhu Yin Fu Hao was merely invented in 1912. It's not an "original" Chinese phonetic guide. It's not as traditional, old as you wanted to imply. Stop politicalizing and demonizing the simplified Chinese.

  4. Boring! Looks like a total waste of time to me. Why when there are more efficient, easier to learn languages (I have learned 9) , would one bother with all this convolution.

  5. Inaccuracies:

    Malaysia and Singapore allows usage of Traditional characters in various forms and are still used widely here.

    Simplfied Chinese by the CPC was drafted in an effort to gradually latinize the language into the Cyrillic alphabet. Not to raise literacy, which is attributed to education reforms and many other factors.

  6. Just another way to descriminate against people. It's ridiculous that this has been socially accepted and effects peoples ability to get a job. Inventing more ways to be bigoted when we as humans should be learning to be more accepting with each other. None of us is perfect because we can't be someone elses concept of what that is.

  7. Informative presentation. The simplified version is ironically an evolution from a complex version of 草书, that only those well versed will retain its original depiction, otherwise its just simplified

  8. The blindingly obvious advantage of using one phonetic alphabet of few characters is available to all considering the topic. The cryptic chinese characters convey neither the meaning nor the pronunciation. To persist with this ridiculous ancient nonsense is understandable but neither practical nor wise. In Beijing I watched my daughter send a text in chinese. You enter phonetic roman characters and a row of chinese pictograms appears: e.g.ma, ma, ma,ma, all pronounced the same. You then select the one you want. This way you accumulate a row of characters and can send the text. I asked "Why don't you just send the roman phonetics?" "It would make no sense" she said. So if ambiguity exists due to similar pronunciation – how does verbal exchange work without misunderstanding? No satisfactory answer available. (I understand, by context, whether I just heard "weighed" or "wade" as example of similar pronunciation of differing meanings.) No new coinages are made… chinese for computer is "electric brain". One wonders what the symbol for "electric" might be. This – like the use of cyrillic – an artificial alphabet designed primarily to not be roman as an insular factor helped along by the church, has had the effect of isolating russia from the world. Hearing Russian you can recognise many words – seeing it.. otherwise. Roman alphabet is simple, quickly learned and practical, chinese has thousands of picts for the unfortunate chinese to learn resulting in a limited vocabulary in general use. It is time it passed into history.

  9. It's a lie to say that Simplified Chinese was installed by Mao to increase literacy. Taiwan and Hong Kong, which use Traditional Chinese, have even higher literacy rates. Mao forced Simplified Chinese on the populace because he wanted to stop them from being able to read classical texts. It was to make Confucius, and histories, and literature unreadable by the people, so he can brainwash them with his personal cult. It's as simple as that.

  10. i live in san francisco when I take my beijing friends to chinatown they cannot understand the long version of chinese. good or bad it depends

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