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Myth and Truth of the Chinese Language
Start Date: 4/4/2017Start Time: 4:15 PM
End Date: 4/4/2017

Event Description:
This event is open to the public and light refreshments will be provided.
No prior knowledge of Chinese is required.

Speaker: Dr. Min WANG, Lecturer in Chinese at Department of Modern Languages and Literatures; Prior to joining Swarthmore College, Dr. Wang has taught at Harvard University, Boston University, Chinese Summer School of Middlebury College, etc.

Introduction: The speaker will elaborate on the “Myth and Truth of the Chinese Language” by addressing the characteristic features of the Chinese language from the perspectives of linguistics and etymology. At the end of the talk, there will be a fun activity: “Learn Chinese in 5 minutes”. Here are some highlights:
λ Chinese grammar is SUPER easy. Chinese has NO verb conjugations, no noun or pronoun cases, no plurals. Chinese is gender neutral.
λ Chinese characters are like EMOTICONS or LEGO pieces. For example, 口 is mouth; 人 is a person; 大 is a person with her or his arms spread out, meaning big; 上 is up or over;下 is down or under; 中is a box with a line in the middle, meaning middle. The Chinese language is pictorial or ideographical.
λ If you learn 1,000 Chinese characters, you can interpret 92% of all characters in a typical Chinese text. If you only learn 160 Chinese characters, you’ve conquered 50% of all characters in a typical Chinese text. You won’t have to wait too long…
Come find out!
The talk will be given in English.
Location Information:
*Swarthmore College - Kohlberg
Room: Kohlberg 318
Contact Information:
Name: Min Wang
Phone: 610-690-2052
Event Sponsors
Chinese Program of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Department of Linguistics
Asian Studies
Open To
The Public

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