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景德鎮製: Made in Jingdezhen, the ancient porcelain-making center. Note the traditional writing order, from top to bottom and then from right to left.


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Before learning Cantonese, I used to read a lot of Chinese texts -- and I still do, even Mandarin texts, even though I don't speak Mandarin -- and I'd use the Korean reading of sinograms. For instance, 我是法國人 would be "아 시 법 국 인" / "a shi pǒp kuk in". So indeed I was able to read (and write) Chinese without being able to speak it... :-)


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Well, this is what Japanese speakers do when they look at a Chinese text – they have some understanding of it since they recognize the characters. One fundamental problem, though, is that in modern Chinese, the majority of words are made up of two characters. There are two types of dictionary for Chinese, one that gives character meanings (字典) and one that ...


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Yes you can. Arthur Waley did, and we still owe him gratitude for beginning to open western eyes to Chinese literature. But that was 100 years ago, before electronics, before air travel, and Waley was a rare genius. Also Stumpy Joe Pete is entirely right. Profoundly deaf people can learn to read Chinese. But won't you say the words to yourself somehow ...


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I believe so, but It's recommended to learn the pronunciation with it. learn the pronunciation you'll regret it if you dont


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Beautiful scene of a lotus pond. 荷塘: lotus pond. Source: http://baike.baidu.com/subview/1725417/7633674.htm 秀色: beautiful scene Source: http://baike.baidu.com/subview/203608/8935087.htm



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