February 4, 2013
It’s that wonderful time of year again — Chinese New Year 2013 is coming February 10!
Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the centuries-old tradition celebrating the new year in the Chinese lunar calendar. It begins with the first day of the first month in this calendar, and continues until the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the holiday. With so many days involved, it’s easy to see why this is the longest holiday in Chinese culture.
January 22, 2013
Author’s Note: If you’re looking for a Chinese alphabet that resembles English, check out our article explaining Pinyin.
We’ve heard parents ask about a “Chinese alphabet for kids” a lot, and each time we have to clarify that Chinese traditionally doesn’t really have an alphabet. But while Chinese people don’t really use an alphabet, there are two predominant phonetic systems that are basically alphabets, but Chinese people never use these to communicate — they’re seen as a learning aid for foreign people and small children. Instead, Chinese people read and write using Chinese characters, which are often comprised of shared base elements known as “radicals”.