11 things you might not know about Chinese Calligraphy
- It is about 6000 years old
- Every character has a history, and changed over the years
- In chinese there are words with same sound a pronunciation although they have different characters
- Characters can be subdivided into different types of strokes: horizontal (一), vertical (丨), left-falling (丿), right-falling (丶), rising (lower element of 冫), dot (、), hook (亅), and turning (乛, 乚, 乙, etc.).
- Characters are written in a specific order from left to right , top to bottom
- Reading generally goes from left to right, top to bottom
- There are more than 50,000 characters
- An average educated chinese person knows about 8,000 characters
- You need to know about 2000-3000 characters to be able to read a newspaper
- Chinese language is traditionally taught through a series of between roughly 180 and 215 radicals. The radicals form the characters used to read write and speak.
- With a bit of immagination characters might resemble real objects: 木 –> tree , 人 people (two legs stylised)
If you want to know more about Chinese characters , take a look on the section : Learn & Read Chinese characters . Click here to read my first article Wow… I can read that one!