Characters are combinations of smaller components and radicals.

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Words are groups of characters.

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Sentences are combinations of words and characters.

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The Chinese language is one of the oldest in the world. Unlike many languages, Chinese doesn’t have an alphabet and it’s not written as a series of letters, but rather as a series of pictures that have meaning and sounds. Historians have found ancient Chinese writing script that dates back over 3000 years, however the modern writing script we recognize today, is around 2000 years old and was developed during the Han Dynasty.

Here at, we want to tell a story about each Chinese character through its radicals and components. Try learning a Chinese Word Story and its sample sentence with audio pronunciation every day. One word a day is one day closer to fluency!