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Writing Mandarin - Computer Input, Handwriting & Calligraphy

Being able to write Chinese characters adds a new level to your understanding of the Mandarin language. Computer input methods allow you to easily write Chinese characters, but unless you know the correct form of each character your writing may have a lot of mistakes. Learning how to hand-write Mandarin is an essential skill for anyone who is serious about the language.

Mandarin Chinese Input Methods
It used to take years of study to write Chinese characters, but now anyone with a computer can write Chinese charcters by learning a few simple rules of pronunciation.

Chinese Punctuation Marks
Chinese punctuation marks have a similar function to their English counterparts, but they are sometimes written differently.

Chinese Character Radicals
Chinese character radicals are a system of classification for organizing Chinese dictionaries. Radicals are used to locate Chinese characters within a dictionary.

Learning to Write Chinese Characters
The serious student of Mandarin Chinese should learn how to write Chinese characters. This knowledge will give greater understanding of the Mandarin language as well as Chinese culture. Knowing how Chinese characters are written also allows the student to use a Chinese dictionary.

Setting Up Windows XP for Mandarin Input
Before you can write Chinese characters on your computer you must set it up. These instructions will allow you to use Chinese as an input language on Microsoft's Windows XP operating system.

Write Chinese Characters Using Pinyin
Pinyin can be used to write Chinese characters using Microsoft's New Phonetic Input Method.

Writing Chinese Characters - Stroke Order
Chinese characters are written with a specific stroke order. This visual guide has an explanation stroke order along with animated examples of Chinese characters.

Mac Chinese Input
Learn how to set up your Mac OS X 10.5 for Chinese input methods and Chinese support.

The Art of Chinese Calligraphy
Chinese characters do more than simply convey information. They are beautiful in their own right, and as such, have been developed into an art form.

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